In Reply to: winter storage posted by Jim Nielsen on October 28, 2000 at 21:45:15:
I have been storing my Z3 every winter since I bought it in '96. I have a floor jack (presumably you have some jack other then the one suipplied witht he car to get it high enough to put it on stands). I put the jackstands under the jacking pads on the car intended for the facory jack. I have also purchased some polyurethane pads for the jackstands from Pro Tec (no website, but they advertise in many mags that focus on auto shop stuff). If the flor is not level, the Z3 chassis is stiff enough to cantilever on three stands (scary). I usually shim them with a little plywood until the car is secutrly seated on all four.
Now some other hints
1. Get a battery tender (not charger), this will maintian a charge but shut off when the battery is fully charged. Chargers will overcharge and electrolyze the water in your battery. The stoichiometric mixture of oxygen and hydrogen gas filling your trunk may recombine rapidly (the Hindenberg process)the first time the trunk light flashes on next spring.
2. Coat your brake discs with a film of lithium grease (avaialable as a spray from most automotive supply stores) to prevent rusing. Also spread your brake pads away from the disc (or remove them) to prevent directed crevice corrosion around them.
3. Put a baggy over your exhaust and air intake. Your Z3 is viewed as a warm, upscale home for upwardly mobile members of the rodent community. Last year someone posted on a free flow exhaust stocked with dog food by a yuppie mouse.
4. Finally - write down everyhting you did so ou remember it next spring. This advice from an ALFA owner who did half an oil change over the winter. Want the "Ultimate Driving Experince"? Start down a hill with no brake pads (or greased brakes).
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