By: Howard Gilson

It will soon be that time of the year to put the Porsche away for the winter.
Below are some recommendations for preparing a car for winter storage.

1. Change the oil.

2. Do not wash the car the day you put it in storage. The car should be washed
and driven a couple of days before to get the water out of parts, like inside
the doors. I always recommend that a car be driven after every car wash.

3. Put 45 lbs. of air in the tires.

4. Fill the gas tank and put a can of Sta-Bil in the tank to stabilize the gas during
storage. (Sta-Bil is available at automotive, marine and lawn mower shops).

5. Put a light coat of Vaseline on doors and the trunk seals for protection.

6. Disconnect the battery or pull fuse for clock to prevent battery drain. If your
car has a burglar alarm, DO NOT set it unless you plan to charge the battery
every 3 to 4 weeks. The alarm will drain the battery if it is left on.

7. Models that are water-cooled check the antifreeze to make sure that it
registers between -20 to -10 degrees F.

8. Check that your window washer reservoir is full.

9. Use a good grade of leather treatment on leather to prevent it from drying out.

10. Leave doors and trunk ajar. (Not wide open, but shut in the first possession).

11. Block the windshield wipers off the window (use a towel or something soft to
put under the windshield wiper arm so that the windshield wiper is off of the window
and can not form to the windshield).

12. Put the car in reverse the gear instead of using the emergency brake.

13. Once a month, push your car a couple of feet forward or backwards so the
tires won't get flat spots.

14. Push your clutch in once a month.

15. I do not recommend running the engine because a warm engine creates water condensation when it cools down. But if you do start the car make sure it is at
normal operating temperature before shutting it off.


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