11-18-2012, 07:31 PM
Hear me Meow
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Outside Portland Maine
Total Cats: 11
Weird winter storage situation
So, I don't drive my miata in the winter. Pretty standard, right? I'm not afraid, don't judge, I drove my '94 for 4 years (including a couple turbo winters) all winter and it was a lot of fun. I just don't like working on a rusty car, so this is the price I pay to keep my bolts free-spinning. I have a turbo subaru to keep me happy in the winter anyway.
So here it is; I have a garage to store my Miata for now, but I don't really know what to do. Here are my challenges:
-There are mice in the garage - they like to make houses in air boxes and heater fans and really anywhere because they are devious ******* ********* (I cleaned a dead, rotten mouse out of the heater fan in the Subaru already and that sucked a lot).
- My primary tires are RS-3s - I have some shitty old Nankang somethings that came with the stock wheels, is it worth it to put them on for some strange reason? What's that reason? RS-3s SUCK when it's cold out.
- I may have to transport the car sometime this winter - I am looking for another job 2000 miles from where I currently live, and the car will probably go into storage 150 miles away sometime in the middle of the winter. I would only transport it on a nice day, but it's worth noting. I'll come back for the car in the spring when I can drive it to Salt Lake City without risk of needing snow tires.
- I know nothing about winterizing fuel - tank empty or full, what stabilizer, I really have no idea.
- Battery - It's a standard miata battery, sealed or glass mat or whatever, but does it need a tender? Starting that car in cold weather is a chore because I've never been able to properly tune the megasquirt for cold start (that's another whole story. I've tried and nothing changes).
I guess the weird part is the probable 150 mile drive in the middle of the winter. If I didn't think I would be doing that I would just put the shitty tires on, hook up the battery tender, and do my own research on fuel stabilizer. Oh yeah, and I need to pick the tires now-ish because anything that isnt' ON the car comes with me to Salt Lake City if/when I get a job there.