There are benefits to driving a Porsche all year round, the engine remains coated with oil and it protects it for a long life. But not everyone wants to drive their Porsche 911 Black Edition or even a used Porsche 912, 365 days out of the year. It’s better to park it. Because unless you’re in a Porsche Cayenne or Porsche Panamera why risk of ruining a classic Porsche.
In harsh winter climates especially when in a rear wheel drive Porsche 911, why drive it? some do however with salt and sand on the road it’s a recipe for trouble and the beginning of a rust problem. Which is why knowing simple preparation is necessary to put your baby to bed for the season. So silence the sound of that glorious engine, shed some tears, it’s time!
Disclaimer: I am not a licenced mechanic just an enthusiast who knows a thing or two about Porsches. If you electrocute yourself or damage your car in any way by following these steps, you are doing so at your own risk.
Okay now that we got that out of the way, let’s begin!
How To Prepare Your Classic Porsche For Winter In 10 Easy Steps
1. Fill the tank – before you put your baby to bed, fill up at a gas station with premium gas, this will prevent condensation and reduce the airspace in the tank. After you fill the tank, if you are storing the car for more than 60 days treat the gas with fuel stabilizer, adding the right portion of stabilizer recommended on the bottle relative to the size of your tank. By driving it home with stabilizer it ensures the stabilizer gets into the system and protects the gas tank and gas lines for an easy start in spring.
2. Disconnect the negative battery terminal – this will stop the vehicle from running down the battery, it is also smart to put the battery on a trickle charge throughout the winter to extend the life of the battery. Especially important if the garage is cold as cold temperatures can drain a battery. Trickle chargers are fairly cheap to buy and can be plugged directly into a wall socket.
3. Let some air out of the tires – by leaving 45lbs of air in each tire it reduces the chance of flat spots developing over the winter.
4. Roll the car in the garage – Twice during the winter, put your Porsche in neutral and roll it a foot forward, and park it. Then in 2-3 months, do the same thing again, roll it backwards a foot, and park it. This ensures the tires maintain their shape and prevent the dreaded flat spots.
5. Place blocks of wood under the wiper arms – this maintains the shape of your wiper blades and prevents curling from pressure against the windshield.
6. Get a baby-blankey AKA car cover – with a proper car cover over your Porsche 912 it’s safe from dirt or dust that falls from the ceiling protecting the finish of your paint and chrome.
6. Wax it (not required if you are using a car cover) – wax your Porsche then do not remove the wax until spring. This will help keep any dirt or dust from etching the paint, and provides an extra skin of protection.
7. Roll the windows down by 10mm – this lets airflow through the car and prevents condensation.
8. Baking Soda – find a cookie-sheet from the kitchen, pour some baking soda on the cookie sheet and place it on the passenger side floor. This keeps stale odours from forming and maintains that fresh Porsche smell.
9. Don’t let the squirrels in – reduce the chance of a squirrel or mouse damaging your engine by strategically placing steel wool in your tail pipes, and mint leaves or bars of Irish Spring soap around the vehicle. Mice will totally avoid these, they hate soap and the scent of mint.
10. Release the parking brake – unless you want your brake pads sticking to the rotors, release the parking brake. Put it in gear. If you’re afraid it will roll place a brick or block of wood in front of the tires on the front and back.
Knowing how to store a Porsche for winter can be rewarding. And your efforts will be worth it when driving it next season or selling it down the road. For those who aren’t willing to do the work themselves, understanding at least what it takes to maintain one is just as valuable. Your Porsche is afterall, a piece of art. Let’s keep it that way.