STORAGE By: Jim Keller
will soon be that time of the year to put your Marlin away for the
Below are some recommendations for preparing a car for winter storage.
is for storage inside of as a building Dirt floor or Cement. I have
cars in both type of building. In the city an in the
Change the oil and filter.
not wash the car the day you put it in storage. The car should
and driven a couple of days before to get the water out of parts,
the doors. I always recommend that a car be driven after every
Wax car and the chrome.
30lb.to 40Lb. of air in the tires.
the gas tank and put a can of Sta Bil in the tank to stabilize
the gas during
storage. (Sta Bil is available at marine and lawn mower shops
auto parts stores).
- On a unfinished concrete floor, place
a vapor barrier under the car (like a tarp)
or sheet of
plastic and drive the car
onto that. This keeps any additional moisture
from harming the
underside of the car.
Remove Air Cleaner with engine running (high idle) pour in about a
pint of oil.
Re install Air Cleaner turn engine off remove keys.
a light coat of Vaseline on doors and the trunk for protection.
Spray all door and trunk seals with silicone.
the battery or pull fuse for clock to prevent battery drain. If
car has a burglar alarm, DO NOT set it unless you plan to charge
every 3 to 4 weeks. The alarm will drain the battery if it is
- Check the antifreeze to make sure that it
registers between -20 to -10 degrees F.
that your window washer reservoir is full.
a good grade of vinyl treatment on vinyl to prevent it from
doors and trunk closed.
windshield wipers off the window.
the car in gear instead of using the emergency brake .
Raise car up a little just to remove weight off the spring. This
will also kept the
tires from getting flat spots.
your clutch in once a month.
- Use some kind of moisture
adsorbed material, I got mine at Wall Mart.
closets and basements follow there instructions.
- Get some Decon this is a rat and
mouse killer. Put some in the car on
a pie plate
on the floor another in trunk and lastly one in engine compartment.
- Air Cleaner what ever kind tape it shut,
that so if mice try to get in you'll see it.
- Any chrome goodies under hood spray some silicon on them.
- Chrome wheels same thing
spray them also.
- Here's one don't laugh put note
on windshield so you can read it from outside
to where the keys are.
- I do not recommend running the engine because a warm engine creates
condensation when it cools down. But if you do start the car make
sure it is
at normal operating temperature before shutting it off.
Jim the (marlin-guy)