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      11-05-2012, 08:45 AM   #1
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Winter car storage tips?

Storing my E93 335i soon and I'm curious to hear everyone's advice and rituals for before winter and after winter storage tips and tricks...

-besides over inflating tires,
-hooking up a battery tender (which one do I buy and do I connect directly to the battery in the trunk or under the hood?)
- placing carpet underneath tires?
-oil change before storage
-full tank of fuel?
-Fresh wash and wax
-where and which car cover do I buy for a 2008 E93 335i? any links to inexpensive covers for my home garage?

any other tips or tricks worth mentioning?
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      11-05-2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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anyone? I searched and couldn't find any decent answers
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      11-05-2012, 10:04 PM   #3
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if it is just a few months you have it covered. yes, fill the tank. i will fill with 94chevron just to get the additive pack for storage. unnecessary, but it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

i use a cover if it is longer than a few weeks. how dusty is your garage? if i had a home with a heated garage, i wouldnt bother, unless there was other stuff going on in there(cutting wood/metal general shop stuff). i have a heated strata lot, and i leave the sunroof cracked in the "up" position under the cover. i wouldnt leave it in the "open" position in case a water pipe burst or something.

again, i am assuming less than 4-6 months. i wouldnt bother with carpets under tires.
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      11-06-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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These are recommendations from Mike Miller on storing your BMW:

First, good detail.
Cover the car.
Fill tires to 50 psi or place on Jack stands.
Close the HVAC system vents.
Stuff SS wool into tailpipes and airintake, and moth balls under hood (rodent protection) which of course is not absolutely necessary.
Use recommended amount of Sta-Bil (read btl) fuel treatment @ gas station before fill.
Use battery tender…(www.battery tender.com) or BMW equivalent, connect under the hood.
The Battery Tender Plus is not a trickle charger. He recommends not using trickle chargers since they will overcharge the battery.

Upon return, change engine oil, brake fluid, and coolant if older than 2 yrs.
Don't forget to adjust tire pressure and remove SS wool and moth balls.
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      11-06-2012, 01:14 AM   #5
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I store my "toy" cars from Thanksgiving to Easter every year. Triumph Spitfire, Alfa Spider, and now a Porsche 924S too. I fill the tank, usually, and park them in the garage. The Alfa has a battery tender (Italian electrics are MUCH worse than British...), the Triumph has never needed one. The Porsche probably won't either. That's it. never an issue, and I have been doing this with the Spitfire for 18 years now.

I would CERTAINLY use a battery tender on an e9X though. I use one on my car if I am just going to be out of town for more than a few days. Maybe German electrics are worse than Italian!

3-4 months just isn't a big deal.
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yes. battery a tender essential. the parasitic drain will probably kill the battery in two months or so. and it will dramatacally shorten the life. i went 6 weeks without a tender and it started slow. i have since used a tender whenever over a week.

on the other hand, my 1969 ford truck gets parked all winter, and starts up just fine in the spring. but then on old vehicles, turning the ignition key to off means OFF!

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      11-06-2012, 01:02 PM   #7
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Thanks guys great advice!
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      11-06-2012, 05:56 PM   #8
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Also lock your car. That will keep the electronic brain from pinging your car every 4 hours for status.
I store my jet ski and my BMW M3 in the winter and use Pri-G which is a lot better than Stabil but Stabil is fine for 6 months.
Other suggestions are excellent.
Car covers? I don't since my garage doesn't dust my car but I have two one from Bav Auto which is excellent and the other is the Evolution 4 material, soft cloth inside and breatheable water proof fabic external. 4 layers and works well, much heavier material that the Bav Auto cover but both worked fine for me.

I use battery tender juniors because the draw is pretty small and they work just fine. I am on 8 years with my M3 battery clearly from using the tender when not driven and 5 1/2 years on my E93...
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You can park it in my garage. Ill warm it up everyday for you.
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      11-25-2012, 05:11 PM   #10
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Which battery tender do I buy guys? Any good links to some deals?
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      11-25-2012, 05:16 PM   #11
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Storing it? Shit, ill be DRIVING my vert this winter! Gettin my MONEY'S worth homies!
I'll let you all know how that goes
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Which battery tender do I buy guys? Any good links to some deals?
This is mine.

http://www.sears.com/diehard-platinu...5&blockType=G5
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      02-26-2013, 02:39 AM   #13
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Great tips guys, I'm about to go through a divorce soon and most likely moving out of state to Washington, so my deployments should see me storing my car for most of the year.
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      02-26-2013, 10:25 AM   #14
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I hate how our cars need a battery tender in order to not die out on its own. Ridiculous.


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Id put some silica gel bags inside the cabin. Cat litter crystal type is basically the same thing. This keeps moisture and moisture related smell to a minimum.
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