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    Default Putting my GSi to sleep over the winter..

    Right guys, welcome back

    My Vec is coming off the road in 2 weeks for winter. Tax is out and insurance is out too. so thought a good time to mothball her till the better weather. lucky enough to live out on a private estate and separate garage so shes got a bed to go too now never put a car into hibernation before so want to make sure when i wake her up in the spring everything is fine. gives me plenty of time to work on mods over the winter aswell

    so what checks, topup's, or changes should i do before i put her away? will she need started up? or can i leave her all winter? and also storage Tips aswell.

    Cheers,Tim

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    Make sure you leave the hand brake off.
    If you can put it axle stands will stop you getting flat spots on your tyres.

    And if you could itl be worth running every few weeks. As if you disconnect batt for that length of time you risc the ecu going to sleep.

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    cheers for that, got axle stands so will get her up in the air. only thing is for some reason i have a slight drain on my battery. if shes been sat for say a week with it connected its flat as a pancake. so would it be ok to say start the car once every 2 weeks, let her warm up properly. then switch off and disconnect the battery for another 2 weeks? cheers, Tim

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    i have heard of people over inflating the tyres slightly as another way to try and avoid flatspots, not sure thats good advice or not tho,

    defo leave the handbrake off tho, had way too many instances of that causing issues!

    also if you can start the engine and run it until at least warm occassionally, make sure all is working ok.

    oh and of course make sure there is antifreeze in there so the water doesnt freeze solid

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    Antifreeze! forgot about that

    will just give her a quick coolant change before i put her away!

    Cheers

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    Only keep enough fuel in the car for regular starts. Fuel goes stale after a few months so when it's ready to go back on the road go and get a jerry can of fresh fuel

    Make sure the storage is well ventilated aswell to stop moisture build up

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    go and get some cat litter put some in a tray and leave it on the back seat any moist air in the cabin the cat litter will soak it up so you dont get any damp smell in the car
    thats what my sister does with hers every year and i wished i would of done it to mine a few year ago ended up with mold on the edge of the seat

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    Personally, run the car at least once every month (so for the winter that will be three or four times)
    Also, turn the air conditioning on, to remove any water vapour from the atmosphere within the car
    Then it shouldn't be necessary to remove the battery

    If you don't plan to run the car at all then remove/disconnect the battery and fit an additional security device (as it won't be insured)

    Check the coolant gravity and ensure it is strong
    If required then amend, run the engine then recheck
    Other levels will not require checking, you can do these prior to restarting

    You can safely leave the car for several weeks without it affecting the tyres
    However, what you might want to do is push/pull the car after several weeks so that the tyres rotate slightly thus they sit on a different position (12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock)
    There is then no need to remove the wheels

    I left one of our cars for over a year and didn't have any issues
    The insurance was reduced to TPF&T (at nil mileage was about £65), the MoT expired, so on restarting was taken straight to MoT which it passed

    Finally, remember to complete all the paperwork correctly (SORN and insurance waiver)
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    Personally id be starting it up every week. You have the benefit of a private estate to give it a wee run too.

    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    The insurance was reduced to TPF&T (at nil mileage was about £65)
    Good point, might be worth considering Tim, just incase of fire etc. Explain that its garaged up for the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Good point, might be worth considering Tim, just incase of fire etc. Explain that its garaged up for the winter.
    It's actually quite difficult to find TPO and TPF&T policies online now
    However, I used a local broker and they phoned me the following day to advise my current policy could be downgraded and then renewed at that rate
    I have also checked and as soon as you put nil mileage the cost drops considerably, so presumably the online quotes take this into account (as the chances of a comprehensive claim will be near to nil)

    However if you are running (even owning) the car on a private estate you really should retain Third Party cover throughout
    If you own the land then there would be no such issue
    In the event the vehicle were stolen then you would be wholly liable, ouch

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