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Open Diff – Springtime Rituals

Posted March 18, 2019 12:00 PM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Discussion storage

It’s been a long, cold winter here in Vermont, and if history is any indicator, it isn’t over quite yet. While my own seasonal car isn’t a collector’s item (yet), I still take great care to store it safely in the back of the garage — next to the pallets of wood pellets — from the first salting of the roads until spring rains wash away the last traces of the nefarious chemical.

Then, with robins chirping in the trees and the sun glowing in a cloudless sky, I gently awaken the car from its winter hibernation, grateful that I’d carefully prepared it for storage. Before parking the Miata for its slumber, I diligently check the level of electrolyte in the battery, perform a fresh oil change, fill the fuel tank — careful to add the right amount of fuel stabilizer — wash and wax the paint and wheels, and fill the tires to a higher pressure than normal to minimize the potential of flat spots or deflated tires from long-term storage.

What are your spring rituals, be it car storage, DIY auto service or anything in between?

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Re: Open Diff – Springtime Rituals

03/19/2019 1:58 PM

Nice wheels! I'm on my 3rd Miata. I've owned one since they came out in 1989. Fortunately, I live where it's warm enough to pop the top down in the summertime and even some days in the winter, but if there's snow or ice it stays in the garage.

I just take mine into the dealer for service when scheduled. In the past 30 years, I have found the Miatas to have excellent reliability. (My previous sportscars were Triumphs that required a bit more TLC.)

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