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Winter storage

E15 Aug 18, 2018

  1. E15

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    It's a bit early I know but any tips on storing the car over winter?

    I managed to shoehorn my car into the garage yesterday and wondered if I should change the oil before storing, start it periodically, leave the windows open a little bit, cover it, trickle charge it, hand brake on etc, etc.
    As I said, it's a bit early and certainly not being stored until November so any advice will be appreciated...
     
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  3. jungle650

    jungle650 Well-Known Member Team Daytona TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Audi RS3 quattro S tronic MQB Platform DSG

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    I have stored a few cars over winter and used them sparingly between the months of Nov - April. You have already touched on the basics, but it might be useful to put them it into a few simple points for future reference.

    1) If its a tight fit its worth putting some padding down the side/front of garage walls to minimise damage. You can go the expensive route and purchase moulded rubber stoppers/guards or a simple cheap option, especially for the side of the garage to minimise door dings is to use strips of old carpet glued to the wall with somthing like ‘ no more nails ‘ ! Works a treat !. There is always that tool or kids toy that you or another family member needs to retrieve from the far end, and you dont want to put silly marks / scuffs / dents on the car... been there got the T-shirt !

    2) Ensure its clean and dry prior to long term storage in your garage. Cover the car if possible in a breathable cover ( Halfords sell half decent items for circa £30) - Cheaper option is to use old bed sheets- they are light and soft and breathable ! . Just make sure they dont touch the floor. This will help keep the car clean and dust free for when you do use the car later on.

    3) Trickle charger for the battery -Something like Ctek MXS -5 item is a gem. But anything that works for our type of batteries would be fine. Ie Start/Stop battery charger

    4) Fill the petrol tank to the top ( ie brim it)

    5) Do NOT put the handbrake on, leave it in Neutral / Park if Auto. Use blocks behind the wheels if your garage is not flat.

    6) You dont need to change the oil/filters etc if you are regularly starting the car, however if its a true winter storage and the car will not be touched for 6 months its well worth a service so that no contaiments will settle in the engine. ( These are normally suspensed in the oil ! )

    7) Tyres - Ensure these are at the correct pressure for the car before storage. If you can start the car and move it slightly that will help with flat spots, but if its short term storage its less of a problem in reality. Especially if you can take the car for a spin around the block on a dry winters day every now and then. Another alternative if the car truly is off the road for 6 months is to raise it on stands so the car is off the ground. But in a single garage thats not easy or practical to do.

    8) Windows - Leave a very small gap to allow ventilation

    If anyone has anything else to add, just make additions to the list. This might be a useful future thread.

    Regds
    Jungle
     
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  4. AudiNutta

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    AudiNutta Well-Known Member Team Racing Blue Mica Audi RS3 quattro Sportback

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    What is the reason for brimming the tank? I'd have thought run it low so when you get it back out, you can put fresh fuel in? Obviously make sure there is enough to start it frequently though.
     
  6. jungle650

    jungle650 Well-Known Member Team Daytona TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Audi RS3 quattro S tronic MQB Platform DSG

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    Its to do with condensation in the fuel tank. If a car is stored for longer than 6 months some also suggest adding a fuel additive / stabilisers to help keep fuel lines free and ease starting. But I would suggest thats for longer storage than what we have been talking about above.

    Like those tyre cushions, but they are pretty pricy £££ !

    Jungle
     
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  7. AudiNutta

    AudiNutta Well-Known Member Team Racing Blue Mica Audi RS3 quattro Sportback

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    Ah I see, I guess it could build depending on the atmosphere.

    Yes they are cool but as you said, pricy... it’s not bad so bad if you keep a car still for months at a time.
     
  8. D0C

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    I remember going on holiday a few years back and had done about 20 miles showing 0 miles range. No reason other than rushing around before the hol. When I got back, I went to fire the car up and it wouldn't start. I got some fuel and put it in and voila. Could only assume that it was so low on fuel that what was left in there evaporated!
     
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  9. ChrisRS3

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    It's a Audi not a limited edition ferrari ;)
     
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  10. Flowrider99

    Flowrider99 Active Member Team Mythos TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Supercharged Audi S5 Black Edition quattro Sportback S tronic

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    Personally i would inflate the tyres well above their normal psi to avoid flat spots and stand the tyres on carpet mats.

    Why are you storing it for winter, why not just use it.
     
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  11. E15

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    Cos I'm lucky enough to not need to bud.

    It's 9 months old today with 2774 miles on and mint and that's how I want it to stay..
     
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    I think there's a lot of OCD on this thread !
     
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    :thumbs up::racer:
     
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    Does anyone have any experience with car covers?

    We will be storing our RS3 over winder also. It’ll be parked under cover in a car port however being a car port, there’s no garage door. Would an indoor cover be suitable? And any recommendations on brands?

    Thanks in advance
     
  16. jungle650

    jungle650 Well-Known Member Team Daytona TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Audi RS3 quattro S tronic MQB Platform DSG

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    You will still need an outside cover as the car port reamins open to the elements.

    Take a look at Halfords which sell decent outdoor covers at a reasonable cost. You can obv purchase more custom items from someone like carcovers.co.uk but dependent on spec of the cover may cost more.

    Jungle
     
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  17. q5man

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    I have used car specific outer covers from covercraft, highly recommended, but a bit more than Halfords
     
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    RAF_S7 Well-Known Member Team V8 Gold Supporter Team Sepang Audi S7 A7 Owner Group Black Edition

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    The indoors are brushed cotton, so if they get wet, they will absorbe the water.

    I have the official Audi cover on the 7, it’s a tailored fit and does look smart, but used in the garage only, and I wouldn’t pay Audi rrp for it (mine was eBay, about 60% off) :racer:
     
  19. A_Davison

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    Thank you for the replies - will do some digging!

    Would anyone recommend putting silica gel packs in the car? Given it won’t be in a garage as such and there for can’t leave a window cracked open ?

    Alex
     
  20. mangobay

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    I’d be a bit wary of a cover used on a car outside or in a windy carport unless it’s very well fitted and has a soft inner lining. They can cause a lot of small scratches if grit or other debris get under the cover. I really don’t have OCD but if you tell a detailer you will be covering your car outside they have a head fit!
     
  21. E15

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    I bought a custom made cover earlier this year costing £360.00 which was advertised as 'allows your car to breath'...

    It didn't and my car was soaking under it with condensation so I sent it back.

    I then looked at getting a portable garage which you drive into then pull the cover over the top as there are different sizes and should allow a good air flow over the car but I've modified my garage and can fit the car in there now so I'll not be needing any kind of cover.

    The portable kind are on fleabay in numerous forms and under a carport, I reckon one of them would be ideal..:thumbs up:
     
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