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Storing Diesel vs. Petrol car for the winter.

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Storing my Diesel MB for the winter:
I store my other gas powered vehicles for the winter and I use petrol stabiliser, pull the battery, put a small shot of oil down the cylinders and so on. What should be done to my Mercedes 220D if I am to store it for the winter?

Should I do anything special for storing the Diesel vs the Petrol?

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Re: Storing Diesel vs. Petrol car for the winter.

I was going to ask the exact same question. I will be storing my 300D within a month or so, as soon as we get snow.

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Re: Storing Diesel vs. Petrol car for the winter.

Hi, my diesel (300D) was stored for 10yrs . just driven into the shed and stopped. Battery pulled and left there.
New battery installed , started right up and driven as normal. The diesel does not go "off".
As expected after 10yrs of neglect, the tyres were shot and the brakes all needed overhaul.

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Re: Storing Diesel vs. Petrol car for the winter.

Hi guys! Well,I guess diesel is much more 'stable' than petrol in terms of volatility,and it has much higher lubricity,too. So,given the same extended period of time,diesel doesn't 'gunk up' as easily as petrol,thus making it more 'storage-friendly';and it keeps the cylinder walls better lubricated too, :D ! But I hear that diesel fuel does have a problem with algae growth in cooler climate,yes?

That said,pertaining to fuel matters,I'd guess that diesel cars are 'better' than petrol ones when kept in storage.

OK,all the best,BYE for now and GOD BLESS!!! :) :) :)

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Re: Storing Diesel vs. Petrol car for the winter.

You need to do much the same with a diesel car as with petrol. The fuel tank needs to be filled so there is no air space to allow condensation that will put water into the tank. Water leads to algae with makes muck. Bad for the car. Put a biocide in the tank to keep the bugs down.

Same body care issues as well. Wash, wax and clean the car fully. Makes it easier to clean up in the spring or when you take it back out. Reduces paint oxidation as well as other wear. Lubricate it in all the proper spots. Air blast all the drain holes so that condensation does not built up and lead to rust.

On that note, you should do a full underbody wash and remove a few fender panels to clear out built up dirt and muck. Rocker love to rot out from the inside. Clean it and seal the metal with a wee bit of spray coat. PB blaster or petroleum products are good. WD-40 will chase out water, but not lubricate.

I also like to put some of the water rid calcium carbonate stuff in the cabin. Two bags does a good job of dealing with moisture build up and can be emptied every two months so that the interior stays mold and mildew free.

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Re: Storing Diesel vs. Petrol car for the winter.

Hi Clay,

Thank you for the communication, your information is great. It is great to know that one can drop a note here on the forum and fellow members/owners are able to chime in and help. The forum and being a part of the club is great.
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