Putting Zed to bed

zedzen

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Hi

Well havIng had only 800 miles worth of play (although she did make Goodwood revival) I am weighing up what I need to do to put the Zed into hibernation for winter. main issue for me is I only have a rented garage with no electricity so the battery could be an issue!!

So, answers on a postcard please!

Many thanks

Rob
 

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If you are definatly laying it up I would take the battery out and periodically charge it over the winter months.

Other things to consider are pumping the tyres upto 40psi, possibly change the oil now as this will get rid of any water condense and better protect the engine whilst stood. Also block the exhaust and inlet to stop mice making a nest if there are fields nearby. An indoor cover should help keep the dust at bay too so it won't be too dirty in the spring but give it a good polish before putting it away.

The above might be a bit of an overkill but sound advice ensuring your zed will be jn top condition when you come to bring it out of hibernation.
 

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Has it really started already... :(
Poor old zeds..
 

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To be honest, it is just a three series with two seats....get a hardtop and drive it through the winter.... :bulb

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Or be like badman and put a hard top on and dont drive it at all :D
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Re the battery I have the same problem in that mine is stored for 6 months in an underground car park without power available to keep the battery on charge.

If you leave with the battery connected you will run down the battery and likely shorten its life. If the car storage is secure then I lock the car using the fob with the boot open.Then disconnect the battery (-ve terminal) and close the boot and lock it manually.

If the car is not secure enough to do this then I would either remove the battery completely and also fit a thatcham steering lock (I use one which I store behind the passenger seat) or get a second battery and swap then over every couple of months and charge the spare one at home.

reposted from another post I made last year on another forum some other advise, pick and choose what you think makes sense:

I came across this guide

Original link (I have un-americanised it
http://www.mcoupebuyersguide.com/

Here are some of the winter storage tips I’ve come across. Some are probably more extreme than I’m going to attempt but worth mentioning anyway:

For Your Engine

NEVER start your coupe unless you plan on driving it for at least a half hour to get it to full operating temperature. It is far better to let it sit for 4-5 months than to idle the engine from time to time to “get the fluids running”. Doing so will just load the engine and exhaust with moisture and open the potential for rust.

Change the oil and filter – Oil gets contaminated during use and those contaminants can cause mild corrosion if left to sit for long periods of time

Top off the petrol from a quality station and avoid Ethanol if possible. Having the fuel topped off prevents condensation from forming in the tank and rusting it from the inside out. Don’t fill it to the top of the neck to leave a little room for expansion and contraction with varying temperatures.

Use a petrol preservative like Stabil to prevent the petrol from breaking down as well as preventing oxidation and rust formation. After adding it, run the engine for at least 10 minutes to allow the mixture to get through the entire system.

Before parking it for storage, take it for an extended drive to get all the fluids up to operating temperature in order to burn off contaminants in the oil and get rid of moisture in the crankcase and exhaust system.

If you live somewhere that rodents could be a concern, place steel wool or a rolled up scotch-brite pad in the tailpipes.


For Your Transmission

Leave your car in gear. Use wheel blocks to prevent it from rolling


For Your Brakes

Never set the parking brake. The brake pads could stick to the rotors or the cables could freeze or rust during storage. Use wheel blocks.

After the final wash, drive it around for a little bit frequently applying the brakes to dry them off well.


For Your Battery

Many people take their batteries out for storage as cool temperatures can reduce the life of the battery. Sitting for an extended period of time without recharging can also significantly reduce the life of a battery. For the Z3, I think it is ideal to purchase a float charger/battery tender to maintain the battery’s charge while it is parked. I’d recommend hooking it up to the leads in the engine bay rather than connecting directly to the battery in the boot. Classic trickle chargers if left un-monitored can overcharge the battery and also reduce it’s life. Float chargers, on the other hand, are designed to charge the battery to an optimal level then maintain that level without overcharging. In my research, I read good things about the following chargers:

BMW Advanced Battery Charger
CTEK 3300
Deltran Battery Tender Plus


For Your Tires

Slightly over inflate the tires by 5-10 psi to help avoid flat spotting from sitting in one place for a long time. This will also help compensate for the cooler temperatures.

Roll the car a few inches forward and back from time to time (without starting the engine of course).

Place cardboard or old carpet squares under the tires to separate them from the cold/hard concrete.

Some people choose to store their car on jack stands to take pressure off the tires completely, but this must be done right or it could cause more harm than good. Place the jackstands under the suspension so that all the bushings and springs sit as they do normally. Letting the wheels droop is hard on the suspension and exposes parts to rust that are normally protected.


For Your Exterior

Purchase a quality car cover for your Z3 to protect it from dust, moisture and dings while stored.

Thoroughly wash (including the undercarriage) and wax your Z3 right before storing it.

Be sure it is completely dry before covering it as moisture is your worst enemy.

To stop moisture from getting under the car, put a couple layers of plastic sheeting under the entire car and several feet to either side. It’s cheap and a good vapor barrier.


For Your Interior

Close all the windows and put the system on max a/c to close the outside vent. If the garage is heated, the window can be left open a small crack to allow air circulation.

Put a large bag of desiccant gel or an open box of baking soda inside the car. These will absorb excess moisture from the air.

Clean and vacuum the interior. Use leather cleaner/conditioner and vinyl cleaner/conditioner as required.

Do NOT use water on the carpets or seats right before storage or you risk mold and mildew.

Do NOT treat inside surfaces with Armor-All (or similar products). They contain a lot of water and chemicals that can encourage mildew and mold.

So there you go. It’s a little overwhelming at first, but really not too bad all in all. I’m new at this so feel free to chime in with comments and corrections.
 

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This will be the first winter I shan't be storing the Zed :)

All good advice above and agree would definitely remove the battery and keep it charged up ideally with something like a CTEK charger where you can just leave it and let it condition the battery as required.

Usually all I've done is wash the zed, waxed it and put it away dry (most important). Chocked the wheels and left the handbrake off. I've left the roof unlatched but up to keep the rubber seals from going hard and dry and too aid ventilation. I've usually sprayed a light coating of WD40 around the engine bay to keep any damp off metal parts. I use 2 kingsize cotton bed sheets to cover the front and rear to keep dust and insects off the paintwork. Thats it really, I've never bothered over inflating the tyres, I think if only for 5 months or so over winter its not worth it.

Tim.
 

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hello all,

excellent advice...dry weather this week so get the jobs done then bedtime for her...:(

rob
 

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My tax runs out at the end of the month.. I'm thinking of sorning and tucking it away till march... :-?

But I will miss it so bad =(( especially on those dry crisp winter days.. :(
 
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z3cade said:
My tax runs out at the end of the month.. I'm thinking of sorning and tucking it away till march... :-?

But I will miss it so bad =(( especially on those dry crisp winter days.. :(
Hypocrite.
 

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z3cade said:
My tax runs out at the end of the month.. I'm thinking of sorning and tucking it away till march... :-?

But I will miss it so bad =(( especially on those dry crisp winter days.. :(
I'm thinking of doing the same, Liam, as our Tax runs out at the end of October and there are several jobs that need doing over the winter, how many of them i will complete is a different story! :D
 

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Dont go putting them to bed just cos its winter time!! i-) they wasn't meant for hibernation! i-) they are all about
enjoyment as often as you can get them out on the open roads :coolsteer) your gonna be sorry when that sun pops
out and you havn't taxed her... ~x(
 

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Was'nt thinking about putting her to sleep this winter (still haven't fixed the old Range Rover yet (DOOOH!!!) - But then my new girlfriend Camilla said: It's such a pity to use that car during the winter... Why don't you take mine instead?? So for 50 quid a month I get to use her's ... erhmm car..... Please don't hit me - it's a Kia Picanto 1.1 EX..... but with snowtyres.... I hate Korean cars but I'm also prepared to swallow my pride and let the Zed rest during the winter.

Winterprojects: Fitting a set of brand new mudguards, Steering wheel controls for radio and cruise control and a new set of headlights.... still thinking about a getting hardtop though for whenever I can't use Camilla's car....

Note to: Titan and HARD TOP - We had a great holiday in Alsace and Switzerland - Top speed in Germany : 220 km/h at some places :coolsteer) that was great fun :D
 

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Glad that you had a good holiday Ferdinand, how many clicks did you put on the Z?

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3.200 km - all of them with a big grin.... :D
 
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