Winter is coming and you know what that means – cold days, less-than-ideal driving conditions and the worst, storing your Corvette for nicer days to come. When parking your car for the winter, there are certain things any Corvette owner should do to insure your pride and joy stays in tip top shape through its hibernation. Thanks to our friends over at Corvette Central, we’re able to take a look at some tips to make sure nothing gets damaged on your Corvette over the coming winter months.
How long you’re going to store your Corvette determines how much “winterizing” you need to do to it. If you’re going to be itching to get your car out of the garage the minute spring arrives after about three months, all you need to do it make sure the fuel tank is full and your battery fully charged.
If you plan on storing your car for a longer period of time, Corvette Central recommends washing it before it is put away. This will eliminate and corrosive substances from sitting on your car and potentially ruining the paint. Tree sap and splattered bugs may seem harmless, but if left on your car, they can permanently damage your Corvette’s clear coat or paint. Your Corvette should then be covered, even if being stored indoors. This will keep dust from settling on the car if using only a cotton cover inside, and prevent the elements taking their toll on your car if you use a water proof cover outdoors. Corvette Central has many Corvette car covers you can choose from.
To keep your wheels and tires as good as new, scrub them all to remove oxidation and brake dust. Then apply a tire dressing to your tires once they have dried. If you have radial tires, you don’t need to worry about flat spotting as today’s tire technology allows flat spots to be corrected by driving on the tires for 30 minutes once you pull your car out of storage. You can keep tires fully or overly inflated just as long as you correct the tire pressure when you’re ready to drive your car again.
Moisture build-up due to fluctuating temperatures, humidity and precipitation is a problem in the winter especially. Not only do you want to prevent moisture build up and condensation from happening in your engine, fuel tank, differential and transmission; you also want to keep it from happening in the interior of your car. A dessiccant like DampRid can be placed in the footwells of your Corvette to prevent moisture build up in your interior.
To prevent corrosion and stale fuel issues in your gas tank, you should fill it to the top with fuel sold after October 1st, also known as winter fuel, and then add a fuel stabilizer to the tank, like Corvette Central’s easy pour stabilizer. All of the other fluids in your Corvette should be topped off and your oil and filter changed before the car is stored.
No matter how long or what seasons your Corvette is being stored, Corvette Central recommends to keep your battery fully charged at all times. Corvette Central’s Battery Tenders can be attached to your battery and will maintain its charge for the duration your car is stored.
Rodents can be a problem in any storage area. To prevent these pesky little critters from nibbling on wires or any other components, put moth balls in your engine compartment, making sure to remove them before you start the car. By placing washcloths or shop rags over your tail pipes and securing them with rubber bands, you can also prevent rodents from making a home in your exhaust.
While going out to your cold garage to start your Corvette in the winter isn’t very appealing, doing so will help circulate your oil to prevent possible corrosion on cylinder walls and moving parts. Corvette Central recommends starting your Corvette once a month if possible.
While we know winterizing your Corvette isn’t fun in any sense, doing so will guarantee a happier spring when your car starts right up, ready for the open road. Thanks goes out to Corvette Central for giving us the tips we need to keep our Corvettes, and any car for that matter, damage free during the winter months.