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Storage over winter

Hi,

I have a 1977 911 Targa that will spend most of the winter in my garage. Is there anything I should do in preparation for this? I was thinking I should unplug the battery but I'm not sure.

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Battery maintainer is best, but in lieu of that, disconnect and put it somewhere warm.
Fuel stabilizer in a full tank of fuel.
In mine, I also open the windows a bit and cover with an old clean sheet.

That's generally all I do, but my garage is dry, clean and free of rodents.

Lots of other threads here if you want to read more stuff.

EDIT: if there's a concern for critters in your garage, try to close up any forms of ingress to the interior of your car like windows and vents, including the heater - turn your heat all the way on to close the heat exchanger valves.
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I remove the battery and store it indoors.

Fuel stabilizer in a full tank for sure. I also do an oil change immediately before. Park the car on a sheet of plastic to prevent condensation on the undercarriage. If it's going to be sitting a long time, maybe inflate the tires to 40psi to prevent flat spots.
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I use a battery maintainer and fuel stabilizer along with the Porsche TSB Used Vehicle Storage, 8802, for storage guidance.





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Inflate tires to 58psi? Yikes.
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If that's too high, check the tire's maximum press. Your not driving the car.
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I was advised to put 50 psi during winter storage.
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Inflate tires to 58psi? Yikes.

Try storing a car for 6 or 7 months on normally inflated tires and then take it for a drive. You'll quickly learn what flat spotting is.

Modern tires can take these high pressures no problem.

If you don't mind losing all the memory in your radio or elsewhere, disconnect the battery. Trickle charge if you must.
Fill the tank and then dump the proper amount of Stabil in it. Better, put the Stabil in it at the gas station so it gets mixed in on the drive home.
Crack open the frunk if it's electrically operated. Ask me how I know.
Make sure the car is dry, dry, dry. I made the mistake of washing my muscle car, covering it and enclosing it in a 'carbag'. I came back to a car full of mold!

Some people change their oil. Can't hurt.
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I was advised to put 50 psi during winter storage.
Do not exceed or even get near the tire's MAXIMUM pressure as indicated.

Be safe.
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I keep a cheap k Mart occilating fan going 24/7 in my well ventilated garage. My cars and tools are rust free. I do live in CA and don't hibernate my cars but I believe keeping the air moving is good no matter where you are. I also have a solar powered exhaust fan mounted in the roof but that's mostly for the summer heat. It keeps the temps down 15 degrees on hot days. Don't like to slow cook the plastic in my interiors. I have theories! might be wrong but I have them
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