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Old 12-09-2010, 07:16 PM
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Winter Storage Tips?

Hi, All

I have been trying to figure out what I need to do to store the car for winter and if I need to do anything at all. The winter ends in late march around here (that's where i take off winter tires off my other vehicle). Until then the Prelude will not be driven except a 2-3 trips to get an oil change, maybe some body work and stuff like this. So, I figure that will be over in a week or two and after that it should be packed away till late march.
It will be in my garage and I would prefer to have some access to it as I will do some cosmetic work on it. Most likely will need to be able to start it up every once in a while.

So, oil change, wash...What else? Disconnect the battery and reconnect it when I need to fire it up? Gas stabilizer? Anything else?
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:10 PM
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Re: Winter Storage Tips?

Everything you got so far is good.

My two cents.....Whenever you have the battery disconnected for more than ten minutes, after you start it again it will help to remap the ECU. This means turning the wheels lock to lock several times, turning the A/C on and off several times, the lights, the cruise, vtec, all accesories, appliances, functions....you get the picture.

This basically helps the ecu get its memory back, and supposedly helps tremendously with idle issues.


From my understanding of it, anyway. Wouldn't hurt to look into it.
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^ thanks, will look into it.
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Re: Winter Storage Tips?

I had mine packed up for 9 months in my garage. I took all 4 wheels off and left the car on jack stands, washed and waxed the car before I brought it in, I would not leave the parking brake on(get some wheel chucks), Also to prevent moisture building up and forming a mold like it did in mine, I bought DampRid which I hung on the rear view mirror and it collects all the moisture. I wouldn't even change the oil if it's just going to be sitting.
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all of the above along with a bottle of Sta-bil.
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Re: Winter Storage Tips?

^^^^ What he said. Definitely get yourself a bottle of fuel stabilizer and let it run through the fuel system before parking. When I park my lude I hook it up to a battery maintainer so my battery lasts a very long time.
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Re: Winter Storage Tips?

gas at half tank mark as well or is it not that important? i have full tank now.
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Re: Winter Storage Tips?

Fill you gas up all the way so moisture does not build up.
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Re: Winter Storage Tips?

yupp looks like everything was covered just wash and wax her asap too
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