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Old 11-12-2010, 09:29 AM
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Storage latch top or not?

New owner. Done everything ready for indoor winter storage in my garage. 2 questions that give me different answers. What is your experience and advice.

1. Manual says to store in reverse gear, others say 1st. Which is best?

2. Should the top be unlatched to relieve some of the tension or not?

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Old 11-12-2010, 11:55 AM
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Good question I'm storing mine soon and this would be good info to have.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:01 PM
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i would store it in neutral with the parking brake off. that is what tire chocks are for.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:05 PM
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+1, and I'd leave the top unlatched with the windows cracked an inch. You might want to consider putting it on jackstands or blocks if you're leaving it for several months. (avoiding flat spots in the tires).
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by turbosix View Post
i would store it in neutral with the parking brake off. that is what tire chocks are for.
Just curious, the owners manual says reverse. Others say 1st and some like you say neutral.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:54 PM
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Flat spots should be avoided also if you over inflate the tires.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Lil Tippy View Post
Just curious, the owners manual says reverse. Others say 1st and some like you say neutral.
i think they tell you to do this so you dont put the car in storage with the parking brake on instead. most people would do one or the other.

me? i'd put some bricks infront of the tires and call it a day.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:07 PM
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me? i'd put some bricks infront of the tires and call it a day.
How long do you put her away for there in Dallas?
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:14 PM
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Fourth year in storage for me. Park car on four rubbermats one at each corner, Neutral gear with some 2x4's, remove battery, add gas treatment to a full tank, undo tension in latches only, windows up full, cover with Honda cover, which is a perfect fit.

Thats it. I dont worry about flat spots, never a problem
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Marioshi View Post
How long do you put her away for there in Dallas?


just saying what i would do IF i moved to a horrible state with horrible weather that required me to drive a horrible winter car with horrible winter tires.

i refuse to leave this place!
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:21 PM
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Word,

California might be expensive but hell, I save money by not having to own different cars for different seasons. It has been to cold to put the top down in the morning though... It warms up nicely for the drive home
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:28 PM
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I'll vote for the leave it in neutral and wheel chock it plan. I believe the manufacturer's theory may be that reverse is the "strongest" gear to resist rolling while it is parked. But, if your garage floor is flat and level and you chock, you shouldn't need to worry about the car rolling away. Leaving it on jack stands would relieve pressure on the springs and would eliminate potential tire issues.

I wouldn't store mine with the parking brake engaged. If the parking brake cable corrodes at all while in storage, it could inhibit the complete release of the parking brake in the spring.

As far as the top goes, I'd latch it and leave the windows slightly cracked. My theory is IF the top wants to tightens up at all as it ages, leaving it in an unlatched, relaxed state may actually encourage shrinkage. That could add even more stress to the top when you finally latch it tight in the spring. However, leaving it tight all winter wouldn't put any additional stress on the fabric later.

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Move farther south, drive it 365 and don't worry about storage.


J/K Good Luck with storage. It must be a long winter without Stewie for you guys/gals.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:31 PM
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I leave it in neutral and pop a brick behind a wheel. In the 15 years that I've stored a vehicle I've never over inflated the tires and never had a prob with flat spots. I leave the windows up and I put a bag of Damp Away that I leave inside to absorb moisture.

I actually wrote an article about winter storage when I worked for VW Trends Magazine. http://www.superbeetles.com/winterstorage.htm
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Old 11-12-2010, 03:14 PM
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I actually wrote an article about winter storage when I worked for VW Trends Magazine. http://www.superbeetles.com/winterstorage.htm
Sometimes the past should remain in the past. JK JK!

good article though in seriousness.
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Lil Tippy View Post
New owner. Done everything ready for indoor winter storage in my garage. 2 questions that give me different answers. What is your experience and advice.

1. Manual says to store in reverse gear, others say 1st. Which is best?

2. Should the top be unlatched to relieve some of the tension or not?

Thanks.
I dont worry about the tension. But I store mine on jack stands so I dont have to worry about gears or brakes Also I remove the wheels and tires. My storage period is a long one though.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:58 AM
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neutral gear
recent oil change
disconnect battery
store on rubber mats
good cover

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Old 11-13-2010, 08:20 AM
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Wow. Talk of winter storage. Just saw a posting on here called "first snow." And to think that I drove home with my top down every day this past week.

You are free to make fun of me when I'm stuck in 110-degree, top-up air conditioned crampness next August.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:24 AM
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I'm going to leave the top latched and see what happens, BTW it's brand new.
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i dont have to store mine xD the coldest it gets where i live in australia is 50F overnight and for only like one month of the year if that =), but i do have a car cover, got it in a set off my friend who just bought a new f430 spider and the covers (car cover mirror covers seat covers and steering wheel cover) all fit the S pretty well =) he didnt want them and just gave them to me xD i was so excited lol almost looks like a ferarri under the cover and i think they are brilliant ideas same with the moisture absorbers someone suggested above.
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Old 11-14-2010, 05:42 AM
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I leave it in neutral and pop a brick behind a wheel. In the 15 years that I've stored a vehicle I've never over inflated the tires and never had a prob with flat spots. I leave the windows up and I put a bag of Damp Away that I leave inside to absorb moisture.

I actually wrote an article about winter storage when I worked for VW Trends Magazine. http://www.superbeetles.com/winterstorage.htm
beetling? absurd. good article on storage.

i owned two new VWs. a 1970 111 and a 1974 113. they were great cars and i drove them into the ground. it is scary to think about all the miles i put on those cars with nothing but tin between me and the front bumper at 75 mph. some of us are just plain lucky.

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Old 11-15-2010, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by kenneth haft View Post
neutral gear
recent oil change
disconnect battery
store on rubber mats
good cover

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Thats what I do minus the mats. (because of the stands)
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:34 AM
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one issue with keeping it on jack stands is that, if the control arm bushings were properly tightened (with the car on the ground that is), when the car is up in the air and the suspension is at full droop, the bushings will be under stress the entire winter.
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