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#1 DJC MINI

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:01 PM

Hi,

 

I will be storing the Mini very soon and was wondering what everyone does. My plan was to jack the car up and plug it into a trickle charger. however I've heard people that have pumped the tyres up really high to avoid flat spots. Which is best?

 

Opinions please

 

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Dan



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:54 PM

I start and move mine occasionally during the winter, keeping the hydraulic seals in brakes and clutch circuit moving and the tyres resting in different positions. Trickle charge occasionally too. I might just do so tomorrow!



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:47 PM

Put it up on axel stands to avoid flat spots on the tyres and try to take it out for a run at least once a month



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 05:22 PM

Use it and enjoy it, I've just bought a Ducati and I'll be using it all winter if it's dry.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 09:55 AM

i'll probably use mine on the nicer days, however when winter sets in properly I do need to get it up on a lift and under seal the living **** out of it 



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Posted 14 October 2017 - 11:41 AM

Oil change before you store it. Make sure fuel tank is full to prevent moisture build up and corrosion. Grease oil points.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:28 PM

I just clean underside as mines painted like the top then stick a set of steels with old tyres on! Plenty of waxoil inside the sills and other box section areas.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:06 PM

One of those cheap de-humidifiers filled with absorbent crystals placed inside the car wouldn't hurt.



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Posted 14 October 2017 - 07:01 PM

Oil change before you store it. Make sure fuel tank is full to prevent moisture build up and corrosion. Grease oil points.

Oil Change? The car had a service in May. Should I pump the tyres up high or put the car on axle stands?


Edited by DJC MINI, 14 October 2017 - 07:02 PM.


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 07:45 PM

There's differing opinion on the subject, but oil does go acidic the more it's used (picking up carbon etc). Sat in the engine without it getting warm and lingering on seals etc just doesn't sit right with me. I've stored cars for years in the past, and i've changed the oil before storage. I then give it a quick turn over for it to get around the engine then bed them down for winter.



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Posted 15 October 2017 - 07:09 PM

 

Oil change before you store it. Make sure fuel tank is full to prevent moisture build up and corrosion. Grease oil points.

Oil Change? The car had a service in May. Should I pump the tyres up high or put the car on axle stands?

 

 

I pump the tyres up, too much hassle for me to move the car around or use it on a dry day if up on axle stands all winter.

Some also recommend using these 'Tyre Trainers' below for classic car storage:-

 

Prevent Flat Spots and Cracked Sidewalls:-

http://www.hamiltonc...e_Trainers.html

 

Storage of vehicles for extended periods of time

"In order to not ruin your tyres in no time, a few rules should be observed if your vehicle is stored for a long time. The use of wedges is advisable in order to relieve the tyres off the weight of the vehicle. In situations where the use of wedges proved impossible, overinflate your tyres by 25%. Non observance of these rules are likely to result in your tyres being damaged beyond repair."

https://www.tyrelead...rly-store-tyres


Edited by mab01uk, 15 October 2017 - 07:13 PM.


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:29 PM

I just drive them into the garage, keep the antifreeze level topped up, make sure it has oil in it and start it once a week




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