Winterizing your Race Car: Off-Season Storage Tips
Up North, track season is wrapping up. It's time to get the race cars stored before snow accumulates and salt hits the streets. Our Miata gets the prized spot in a garage, and stored about 5 months of the year. Usually October is a bonus month of driving, but due to road construction resulting in lack of driving access, we've packed up early.
Here are some off-season car storage tips to remember as you wind down your last event.
Fill the car up with gas. We get extreme cold here, some times down to -50*F. In these harsh elements, you can get condensation in your tank if it is not full. This will help keep water out of the tank and will keep your tank from rusting.
Under the Hood Tips
Do a fresh oil change to keep any contaminates from your oil out of your engine when it is sitting. Also it is a good idea to test your coolant then remove the cap. If you do not run antifreeze be sure to drain your radiator.
Disconnect the battery until the spring. Come springtime, put it onto a trickle charger for 2-3 days before it goes back into the car.
Wheels & Tires Info
"Sport" tires can crack when they are cold and can loose performance. Depending on the wheels/tires you have on your car, you may want to store them separately. A good rule for tire storage is, if you can store inside it will always be better. If inside is not an option, leave them alone.
Mounted, stack them flat "==".
Not mounted, store them upright "IIII".
Winter Storage Check list:
Full tank of gas
Fresh oil change