In this installment of 'The List Shorts,' host Patrick McIntyre demonstrates how to store a car. Whether you're keeping a classic under wraps, or winterizing your summer ride, learning the proper procedure for storing your car could save you some heartache when it comes time to pull off the cover.

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      methos1999
      • 4 Months Ago

      All that seems a little excessive for simply storing over the winter. Perhaps more worthwhile if you're planning to store for much longer (ie years). I'll have to keep this in mind for my motorcycle when I have a kid and stop riding for a few years.

        SloopJohnB
        • 4 Months Ago
        @methos1999

        Eh eh…storing for much longer involves fogging the engine internals (pull plugs, squirt fogging oil, turn over engine with starter, replace plugs), use a dryer pack inside the car, on manual cars consider blocking the clutch plate (at the engine, not push in the pedal…you want the clutch to not be rusted to the flywheel in a year), use a vinyl or leather treatment on dash/seats depending on material, etc.

        Storing a motorcyle is a lot easier…but I would recommend stabil-360 for metal fuel tanks..supposed to form a vapor barrier in the gas tank for that part that isn't covered in gasoline.  

      RevenantDC5
      • 4 Months Ago

      It's been mentioned in a reply, but needs higher level attention - do NOT put the car on jackstands.  Modern bushings are engineered and are not static through their range of motion.  Leaving the suspension drooped out will stress these bushings.

      The thought behind raising the tires off the ground is to avoid developing flat spots in the tires.  These takes months to develop, but can be countered by raising pressure to 40 psi and/or rolling the car forward or back a foot once in a while.  Or, just put a junk wheel and tire set on during storage.

      The other tips in the video are sound.  I've been storing my car for 5 years every winter without issue.

      Jay
      • 4 Months Ago

      That's one nice e30!

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      Flying Dalmatian
      • 4 Months Ago

      Keeping the critters out of the tailpipe is fine, but they can still destroy the wiring harnesses and many other things on the car - not fun.