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#1 Old 09-04-2009, 05:43 AM
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is it bad if you let your car just sit in the snow?

for one winter? because if i got it this year that is what it would do, will it hurt the paint job/ engine/ anything?

i have a garage but cant garage it because there is already a car and abunch of other stuff in there and im afraid to drive it in the snow and i wouldnt feel like washing it..(untill warmer or no snow) (this would be my first rwd car and the track comes with summer tires)

should i just wait for next year
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if it has to sit out i'd buy a car cover or something if it was me
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I would store it if you can. I parked my car outdoors (with a car cover) for 4 months of winter, and in the spring my brake system seized. Needed new rotors, calipers, etc.

If you have no choice and have to store it outside, make sure you:

1) take the battery out
2) get a car cover
3) do NOT engage the hand brake!!!!!!!!
4) plug your exhaust pipe with rags (prevents rodents from nesting)
5) Use jack stands if possible.
6) Full tank of gas with additive.

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its the road salt that kills cars. If you leave it parked in the driveway its a lot better than exposing it to the salt but humidity can still do its thing. Garage is best but like I said, still much better than driving it.


is there a lot of road salt used in your area? What city?

the brakes will be prone to seizing, spray them down with grease and you should be ok...but dont forget to degrease in the spring.

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Interesting responds...i plan on doing the same..I live in NYC...they over salt the roads like crazy. I think i'm going to leave it at a outdoor lot or should i find an indoor lot? Like the OP posted...If if leave it in an indoor lot, should i leave the battery in or out? Turn it on once a week. What's the best thing to do?
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Interesting responds...i plan on doing the same..I live in NYC...they over salt the roads like crazy. I think i'm going to leave it at a outdoor lot or should i find an indoor lot? Like the OP posted...If if leave it in an indoor lot, should i leave the battery in or out? Turn it on once a week. What's the best thing to do?
Regardless if it's indoor or outdoor, you should take your battery out if it's not going to be turned on.

Alternatively, you can part it indoors with the battery in it, but you'll have to start your car every week or couple of weeks.

But unless the indoor area is heated, I would take the battery out.
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It dosent sound like it will be necessary for you to have another car for the winter so I say wait.. No sense in buying a car and making payments on it while it sits all winter when you can just find the exact color and trim you want and get it when the sun comes back out.
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Another option to prevent the brakes from seizing is to start the car periodically, say every 2 or 3 weeks and move it up and down the driveway. This gets the axles moving and keeps the brakes from locking up. I live in New England and have stored cars this way for many years.
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It dosent sound like it will be necessary for you to have another car for the winter so I say wait.. No sense in buying a car and making payments on it while it sits all winter when you can just find the exact color and trim you want and get it when the sun comes back out.
Thats an option, however what I have done in the past is just wait for a nice day....even here in Alberta we have at least one day every month where its not crappy...and take it for a rip. When you are done, wash it down thouroughly and wipe your door/trunk seals. Park it and about once a week, start it and let it run for a bit. Like the dude said, it would suck to be making payents and not be able to enjoy the car.

It is a lot of work, but compared to having the car sit or not have one at all.....

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Thats an option, however what I have done in the past is just wait for a nice day....even here in Alberta we have at least one day every month where its not crappy...and take it for a rip. When you are done, wash it down thouroughly and wipe your door/trunk seals. Park it and about once a week, start it and let it run for a bit. Like the dude said, it would suck to be making payents and not be able to enjoy the car.

It is a lot of work, but compared to having the car sit or not have one at all.....
Just hurts me to think that one day i will wake up and look out the windows and see my baby stuck in 2-4 ft of snow (it rarely happens in NYC). The salty streets scare me. How bad does the salt affect the paint job.

Putting it away for two or three months can also preserve the shineyness of my Gen. When she is ready for cuisin season again, she will still look as good as she does now.

Maybe i will get a winter beater to get around.
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I would store it if you can. I parked my car outdoors (with a car cover) for 4 months of winter, and in the spring my brake system seized. Needed new rotors, calipers, etc.

If you have no choice and have to store it outside, make sure you:

1) take the battery out
2) get a car cover
3) do NOT engage the hand brake!!!!!!!!
4) plug your exhaust pipe with rags (prevents rodents from nesting)
5) Use jack stands if possible.
6) Full tank of gas with additive.
Do yourself a favor and use steel wool. Rodents LOOOOOVE rags, they're ready made bedding.

I would wait until spring, buying a car and barely getting to drive it before you park it is such a waste IMO.
If you buy in the spring perhaps you can put down a bigger downpayment and you might get a better deal on the car. Just start dealing on one a month or two before spring and go for it then.
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i live in columbus ohio and we get all kinds of weather sometimes the winters are horrible sometimes not so much but they have been really bad the past 3 years they do salt the roads depending on how much snow there is.

i can understand the battery deal but i never heard of brakes locking up in the winter is that because the fluid freezes or what?
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Ive heard of it vaguely... its actually the parking brake pads that freeze to the rotors... Least, in the case i heard, anyways...

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I'm so glad they don't use salt on the roads around here. Thank god for MgCl
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Officially, MgCl is still salt, as its easily soluble in water, among other salt-type properties it has, However, MgCl is "supposedly" alot less corrosive... I have yet to see proof...

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The GC is the first car I've had that wont be driven in the winter. All my past cars were winter cars as well.

From what I've learned, its best to keep the battery someplace warm. Get a car cover. If you get one that fits tight at the bottom, i really don't think the rodent issue will be a problem. It's winter time, rodents are frolicking around in the fields. Although, it cant hurt putting something in your exhaust tips, jsut remember to take them out!

Also, dont engage the parking brake, and I've been told to keep the car in neutral and block the wheels. Although, I don't recommend this, as any joeshmo can walk by and push your car around like its a matchbox car.

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what about leaving it in gear? (MT)
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for one winter? because if i got it this year that is what it would do, will it hurt the paint job/ engine/ anything?

i have a garage but cant garage it because there is already a car and abunch of other stuff in there and im afraid to drive it in the snow and i wouldnt feel like washing it..(untill warmer or no snow) (this would be my first rwd car and the track comes with summer tires)

should i just wait for next year
Thing to do when parking a car outside for winter time.

Fill the gas tank and add "STABIL" fuel additive,
Unplug your battery: Keep it in the car, no need to remove it.
Plug your exaust tip,
wash, wax etc,
Put styrofoam sheets or a tarp under your car: it help to control humidity.

Don't put a car cover on your car. It could trap humidity and also when flapping in the wind, could scratch your paint.
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It dosent sound like it will be necessary for you to have another car for the winter so I say wait.. No sense in buying a car and making payments on it while it sits all winter when you can just find the exact color and trim you want and get it when the sun comes back out.
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If you have no choice and have to store it outside, make sure you:

1) take the battery out
2) get a car cover
3) do NOT engage the hand brake!!!!!!!!
4) plug your exhaust pipe with rags (prevents rodents from nesting)
5) Use jack stands if possible.
6) Full tank of gas with additive.
don't think that taking the battery out is needed if you put it on a trickle charger.
i would use steel wool over rags. rodents like cloth.
i used bounce (original) to keep the mice out of the car inside. it was recomended somewhere and seems to work.

if y our car is gonna be out in the wind and snow i would take off the wheels and wrap the hubs with something to keep your brakes and related stuff from collecting water.

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