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      11-07-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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What steps do you take when you store your M3 for the winter?

Aside from the obvious fuel stabilizer & trickle charger. Do you over inflate the tires? To what PSI?

Anything else?
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      11-07-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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I wouldn't even use fuel stabilizer personally. 1/4 tank of petrol, battery tender, inflate tires to 5psi more than what they're rated at and get a great cover.
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Aside from the obvious fuel stabilizer & trickle charger. Do you over inflate the tires? To what PSI?

Anything else?
I've been told by BMW master mechanic to change the oil.
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      11-09-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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If you are storing in a cold garage don't forget to change out washer fluid to the winter type. If heated storage then that won't matter. I always go with full tank fuel with some stabilizer, over inflate tires, and take mouse counter measures in the garage just in case one of them come in you'll catch them before they make it to the car and make a mess.
I also put a fresh coat of wax on when I store it, I like to go have a scotch in the garage in winter and look at my shiny M.
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If you are storing in a cold garage don't forget to change out washer fluid to the winter type. If heated storage then that won't matter. I always go with full tank fuel with some stabilizer, over inflate tires, and take mouse counter measures in the garage just in case one of them come in you'll catch them before they make it to the car and make a mess.
I also put a fresh coat of wax on when I store it, I like to go have a scotch in the garage in winter and look at my shiny M.

which scotch are you drinking while you sit and stare LOL. awesome!
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      12-11-2013, 01:20 AM   #6
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Car is currently sitting outside all winter in the driveway. Only thing I did was wash it, put on an OEM cover, inflate the tires to 40psi, top up the tank and call it good. Battery will go back in in the spring time frame. Nothing special...
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I also store my car for the winter and these are the steps i use.
Car is in my garage.

Fresh oil & filter change
Wash car & detail interior
Full gas tank & stabilizer (don't use fuel with ethanol)
Place vinyl on ground to stop condensation from concrete
Chock wheels Leave car in neutral & handbrake down (6MT)
Pump tires to 2 psi below there max psi (48 psi in my case) and place carpet underneath tires
Battery tender
OEM car cover

If you do feel inclined to start your car to keep things lubricated make sure you run the car for at least 30 min. The reason for the long time is to allow the motor to achieve operating temperature then time to burn off any condensation created from the cold start. Also blip the throttle to clear any water from the exhaust. If you do care for this it should be done once a month or once every other month.
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