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Old 11-06-2014, 08:40 PM
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Ok, I know a garage is the best way to store your vehicle when you won't be driving it for extended amounts of time. In my case, I do not have any other options (trust me, I exercised every single one of them). So....I'll be forced to store it outside, in the snowy MN winter. I read the "winterizing" thread. I still have a few questions just to make sure I've got all the bases covered.

I'll be parked outside with a full tank of gas blended with Sta-bil fuel additive. I'll be doing an oil change before all this happens. Tailpipes and intake will be stuffed with steel wool so critters cannot enter the important parts of the vehicle. Drier sheets will be placed under the hood, in the trunk, and most importantly, the interior (I heard rodents hate the smell so it cant hurt to give it a shot). A few boxes of baking soda will join the drier sheets to soak up moisture. Moth balls will be tossed around the vehicle for added protection even though we get heavy snow at times so I might skip that step. A vapor barrier will be placed underneath the vehicle to avoid moisture from the ground destroying the under carriage. Battery will be taken out of the vehicle and kept inside on a tender. Tires will be filled with max pressure allowed. Here's were I need help:

1. I know most would favor a car cover. Im kinda thinking that I'm not going to put one on. We get snow on our cars every winter and to be honest, I would rather have a snow and ice buried vehicle than to constantly wonder if my car cover is doing any damage to my paint(I know snow and ice would not destroy the paint).
2. Do I need to remove the spark plugs and lube the cylinder walls with oil? What about fogging?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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sta-bil is junk. seafoam is good.

clean out the car.. any mold will seem 10x worse if it gets to gestate in a sealed vehicle.

either remove the battery and put it on a maintainer.. or just put the maintainer on it in the car

tarp the ground umder the car if it's n dirt/grass.

cover the car with a good cover(not $10) and then put another huge tarp over it all and stake it down. tuck any folds in and make sure nothing is loose

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I see people around me go buy a car tent for like 100bucks and put that over there cars in the winter.

If I were u I wouldnt let the tires sit on the ground. I'd jack the car up and put little jack stands under it so the tires are just off the ground
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I have seen a "flat spot" on those tires too once the vehicle has been sitting a long period of time. They look funnies. Imagine driving down the road in that condition. You'd be like wtf...
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