Established in 1973, theNorth Shore Corvette Club promotes the Corvette hobby and fellowship among Corvette owners and has become one of the premier and largest Corvette clubs in the Midwest. We are sponsored by and we meet at Libertyville Chevrolet in Libertyville, Il on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm all year long. Guests are always welcome to attend.
TIPS ON HOW TO STORE YOUR CORVETTE FOR WINTER
by Jerry Mulick
THE FIRST STEP -Wash and wax the exterior and clean the interior. Give your car a very good hand wash, polish the chrome and give the car a good coat of wax. Make sure you remove any tree-sap drops.
RUST AND STORAGE - For any parts that are prone to rust, a good coat of WD-40 will work. You can also stuff a sock, sponge, or steel wool in the exhaust to prevent any small rodents from making a home. Make sure you remove them before starting.
INTERIOR - Make sure you check below the seats and all around the interior for anything that may have accumulated in the interior. If you steam clean the carpet make sure it is dry before you store the car to prevent any moisture buildup and mold on the interior. Mice and other animals can destroy the interior of any car so insert some drier sheets inside the car to make it less appealing to them. Mouse traps work well outside the car but don’t put them inside the car. The last thing you want to find is a dead mouse in a trap on your seat for three months.
TIRES - It is always worthwhile to inflate your tires to a HIGHER AIR PRESSURE before storing your car. Tires lose pressure over time and with temperature changes. Don’t over inflate and remember to check air pressure before use. For special tires and collectible cars you can put the car on jack stands.
PARKING BRAKE - Don’t engage the parking brake since it can become “frozen” and difficult to disengage.
FUEL - It is a good idea to use a fuel stabilizer since most ethanol-blended fuels have a shelf life of about three months. Fuel stabilizer helps prevent corrosion in the fuel lines and engine. Add the fuel stabilizer to a nearly full gas tank to prevent moisture.
OIL AND FILTER - It is a good idea to change the oil and filter prior to storing your vehicle. Some used oil has a tendency to build up some corrosive elements if it is used over thousands of miles. The new type of synthetic oil like “Mobil One” claims to be better in storage than most conventional oil. >ANTIFREEZE- If your car is stored outside or in a cold area make sure the antifreeze is at a proper mixture to prevent freezing. If you add any antifreeze make sure the engine is warmed up to properly mix all the fluids added.
BATTERY - Your battery can either be removed or connected to a trickle charger or battery tender. Most of the cars today will continue to use power for the computer or electrical systems so the battery needs to be kept fully charged. Keeping the battery fully charged prolongs the battery life. A fully discharged battery will freeze and may crack the case in a cold climate.
CAR COVER - Invest in a quality car cover. If you store your car outside make sure the cover is waterproof. NEVER PUT PLASTIC UNDER YOUR CAR COVER It will damage the paint with temperature changes. For inside storage make sure your car cover is one that is breathable and keeps out moisture.
STARTING IT UP - Most people think that they should start the car up every so often. “If you do a proper job of storing your car, you don’t need to start it”. However if you want to start the car make sure you remove any socks stuffed in the exhaust and completely remove the car cover. Allow the car to warm up to operating temperature and if possible allow the car to be moved to exercise all the mechanical components.
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL - If your car is not stored in a temperature controlled environment make sure that the car is either stored on a protection mat or a plastic sheet. Changes in temperature can cause moisture buildup on the chassis and components underneath the car. This will cause rust and corrosion if not prevented.
SOME RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS Simple Green (very safe for most cleaning) WD-40 (will prevent rust) Sea Foam Motor Treatment (use as a fuel additive for storage) Meguiar”s Car Care Products (very good products)
PRODUCTS THAT REQUIRE EXTRA CARE Amor All (Some Amor All Products break down under sunlight and leave a film) Windex (Some Windex products contain Ammonia-D and alcohol and could damage certain areas of your car.)
JEM 10-6-2016 Revised
NSCC Donates $1,000 to Military Outreach USA
The North Shore Corvette Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded a charitable donation of $1,000 to Military Outreach USA. This donation was made possible by the generous car enthusiasts and vendors who attended the NSCC Father's Day Car Show this past June.
Military Outreach USA is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization with a mission to help our nation's veterans. The Northbrook, IL organization can be reached toll free at 877-734-4244.
Shown, Frank Nimsheime (right) of Military Outreach USA and NSCC member accepts a check for $1,000 from Tom Arvidson (center) and Brett Bacci (left).
Our mailing address is:
North Shore Corvette Club P.O. Box 1167 Wheeling, IL 60090-8167