Winter is both a blessing and a curse when living in Wisconsin. It adds a fun variety to the weather and opens up tons of different activities like snowmobiling or building a snowman, but it does also mean probably having to say goodbye to a sports car or any luxury model while there is still a risk of slick conditions and salt on the roads. Have a Corvette and needs tips on how to store it for the winter? We’ve got some advice below!
Why you should Prepare a Corvette for Winter Storage
Usually, you want to try and keep a Corvette looking as new and nice as possible, and that means avoiding the salted roads of winter. It’s also important to make sure you prepare your car correctly for long-term storage, otherwise you could run into several mechanical issues or find a family of mice under the hood.
Clean your car
If you’re packing away the Corvette for the winter, we recommend going over it and cleaning it as thoroughly as you can. It might seem fine now, but do you really want to be greeted by the smell of fast food wrappers that have been festering for months? Water stains and bird droppings can also cause damage over time.
Change your Oil
If you’re going to store your car for more than 30 days, then you should change the oil, even if you have miles or months left in your current oil change. Oil that is sitting without use can lead to engine damage.
Take care of your battery
You have three options here. The first is leaving the battery in and running/driving your car every so often. The second is disconnecting your negative charge cable, though this will reset your clock and radio presets. The third solution is purchasing a battery tender, which connects to a regular outlet and provides just enough power to keep your battery from losing its charge.
- Top off all your fluids
- Add a fuel stabilizer
- Don’t engage the parking brake
- Overinflate your tires or use special curved ramps
- Roll your window down an inch or so
- Keep it covered
- Use dryer sheets in the interior/trunk to ward off critters
- Mothballs or cotton balls dipped in peppermint oil near the vehicle will help keep mice away