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.