Last post on Aug 04, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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Heating / Cooling, Fuel System, Tires, Brakes, Electrical, Engine, Oil, Suspension, Transmission
#59 of 63 Re: Winter storage [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 05, 2010 (7:32 am)
I disagree. I think in this case (Porsche for 6 months), there are 2 reasons why he should get the weight off the tires:
1) Tires with high speed ratings have nylon overlays (sometimes multiple layers) and of all the materials ever used in tires, nylon is the most prone to flat spotting.
2) 6 months is on the other side of what I consider to be "short term". I think "short term" means 3 months or less. Just for reference, I've seen S and T rated tires (no nylon overlays) flat spot in 3 months under certain conditions.
Given how expensive tires for Porsche's can be, I think he would be much further ahead taking the time to do it right.
#60 of 63 Re: Winter storage [capriracer]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 05, 2010 (7:43 am)
All opinions are welcome and valuable. All I'm saying is I've never seen this as a problem for short term storage. Besides, if he lifts it, then he probably won't start it or drive it, and I think starting and driving are more important to the overall health of the car.
This might be an interesting compromise solution:
FLAT SPOT STIOPPERS
Oct 05, 2010 (10:44 am)
I got kinda concerned about this question of flat spotting so I contacted Hi-Tec Automotive, who are well-known Porsche specialists (repair, restoration, race prep, customization) in no. California, and this is what they wrote back to me...
"Only six months is not an issue; six years is another story. The tires still may flat spot some, but they will regain their original shape once the car is driven and the tires are heated up. Raising the psi for storage will help."
They also suggested, if the car will undergo *repeated* spells of long term storage, the same basic Flat Spotters than I posted earlier.
Hope this helps.
#62 of 63 3 to 5 Months of Storage
Jul 21, 2011 (8:45 am)
My wife and I have a home in the south and plan to keep a vehicle there throughout the year. The vehicle is a 4 cylinder 2006 Dodge Caravan with 75k miles. The van will sit for 3 to 5 months at a time without being used and will be stored in a carport. Does the battery need to be disconnected? Should I add fuel stabilizer to the gas? Any recommendations are most appreciated.
#63 of 63 Re: 3 to 5 Months of Storage [jpf]
Aug 04, 2011 (1:45 pm)
If it was mine, I'd through some fuel stabilizer in it, and hook up a trickle charger to it. That's what I do with my Harley during the winter months, never a problem.