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bikecarbfred

posted on 8/12/19 at 09:20 PM Reply With Quote
storing car in garage

new build engine, done around 40 miles on it and now stored in garage where the temps are pretty good due to the radiator pipes running through it.

Is it okay to drive it once every three months until summer time where it would be driven more.
i am charging the battery and keeping tyres inflated to correct pressure.


i assume there will be oil still on the pistons rings/walls?

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MikeR

posted on 8/12/19 at 09:33 PM Reply With Quote
Lift the wheels of the ground and then leave it on trickle charge
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nick205

posted on 9/12/19 at 11:04 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MikeR
Lift the wheels of the ground and then leave it on trickle charge



Aye - lift the wheels/tyres clear of the ground to avoid flat spots on the tyres. Might sound fussy, but it can and does happen. If the tyres are in good condition there's no point in spoiling them over the winter. I used to sit my MK Indy on 4x axle stands over long periods off the road so the tyres were still inflated, but unloaded.

[Edited on 9/12/19 by nick205]

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gremlin1234

posted on 9/12/19 at 09:26 PM Reply With Quote
if you can leave it with an empty fuel tank, (or possibly a full one)
you can remove/reduce the risk of standard unleaded petrol absorbing water and worst case separating.
an alternative is, use a fuel without the 5% ethanol

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Mr Whippy

posted on 10/12/19 at 12:54 PM Reply With Quote
I'd recommend keeping the garage draughty but dry and personally when I store a car I spray the disks with primer and then sand it quickly off when the cars needed. Definitely get the tyres off the ground and pumped up, black bin bags are good for covers. Take the battery out and keep in the house and operate the clutch pedal at least monthly. If you have chrome, apply a thick coat of wax then throw a bed sheet over the car.

When it's summer, take the spark plugs out and spin it over till the oil pressures back.



[Edited on 10/12/19 by Mr Whippy]

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peter030371

posted on 10/12/19 at 02:28 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234
an alternative is, use a fuel without the 5% ethanol


To quote Esso 'Esso super unleaded petrol (Synergy Supreme+ Unleaded 97) is ethanol free (except in Devon, Cornwall, the Teesside area and Scotland).'

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gremlin1234

posted on 10/12/19 at 08:02 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by peter030371
quote:
Originally posted by gremlin1234
an alternative is, use a fuel without the 5% ethanol


To quote Esso 'Esso super unleaded petrol (Synergy Supreme+ Unleaded 97) is ethanol free (except in Devon, Cornwall, the Teesside area and Scotland).'
yep, esso synergy supreme+ is the one I use (even in my tintop, since it does very low mileage), I hope there are others, but haven't found any yet

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