View Full Version : Storing my Cobra

09-18-2005, 12:18 PM
Well old man winter is gona be here soon. I keep my car in my garage (not heated). It will probably sit from Oct til March. What do you guys recommend I do to store it? Park it on wood blocks? Put it on jack stands to take the weight off the suspension? Unhook the battery? (I can still start it periodically during the cold months to let it run). What else?

09-18-2005, 03:06 PM
Man I wish I had the luxury to do that.

I have heard the best things to do is.

1. Put on jack stands, don't let it sit on the tires.
2. Change all fluids before storage.
3. Start it about once a week and let it run for a little bit.
4. If you can drive every once in awhile.
5. Put a car cover over it.
6. Perform a lube job on it.
7. And if there's any mice or little varmints in your area, try to block any passage way possible that they can make it into the car. Especially the air snorkel for the filter. You don't want any mice or something getting in there and making a home.

I think that's it. I don't think you have to disconnect the battery if your going to start it every once in awhile.

Hope this helps.

09-18-2005, 07:38 PM
I must emphasize the rodent issue. It never snows down here, however my car sits in the garage for weeks without even the cover being removed. I had a mouse get under my air intake manifold and CROAK!! :eek: Good thing its a convertible! :thumbsup: But what I did was I put out small glue boards in my garage (about 3) to catch them before they have another chance to set up shop. I recommend this not only because it has worked for me, but also because I am in the pest control industry. A chewed up wiring harness is big bucks!

09-18-2005, 09:40 PM
I have a friend that is into show cars and suggest cardboard under the car to asorb the moistuer that comes with winter to stop the surface rust. I have to store mine in a unheated garage also hopefully I can remedy that really soon.

09-19-2005, 07:34 AM
Gas stablizer even if your starting once in a while.

09-19-2005, 08:05 AM
just put snow tires on it and drive that sucker :D ...in all seriousness, those are good suggestions, I would just check it over once a week and make sure nothing has made a new home :thumbsup:

09-24-2005, 05:10 AM
I think that Dewone makes a good point about gas stabilizer. For example, in FL, I would let my Nighthawk 750 motorcycle sit sometimes for up to six weeks, and my motorcycle mechanic was forthright at tune-up time and thus told me that I had two choices: pay for carburetor replacement, or run some gas treatment through it every month or so (STP Gas Treatment, but not STP "Water Remover"<--junk) . The moisture in gasoline, over time, settles to water, especially in very humid states like FL. Obviously, water is not a good thing to have coursing through the veins of a fuel system. :eek:

--Professor Chaos

09-24-2005, 10:02 AM
I park my car on a sheet of visquen (plastic) over the winter, and use a car cover to prevent scratches.

When the side streets are clear and dry over the winter, I will drive my car around the block enough times for it to warm up. This will circulate the oil and charge the battery. Do not start it for 5 minutes at a time. Be concerned about battery discharge, especially if you have an alarm system.