Originally Posted by bandit
im going to bring this up again sense im like only 2-4weeks away from having to do it.
So question still is...
1: What should i do to the engine if anything?
2: Should i put something inside the car to keep critters out?
3: Should i start it ever month or so?
4: should i move it ever month or so?
1) If you want to put a few drops of oil in each cylinder to protect them, be sure to turn over the motor several times to distribute the oil (ignition disabled and fuel shut off). For only 6 months, this isn't as necessary, but being outside, you will have several exhaust valves open and that may make a difference with the moisture.
2) I've used cedar blocks of wood inside to keep things out. Never had a problem. Available cheap at the home center. Look for closet accessories.
3) If you do the oil in the cylinders, then starting it will negate that step, unless you do it all over again after the car cools down. I've not done this with my cars in storage. Never had a problem not starting them over the winter.
4) Again unnecessary, and if you want to move it, will you be driving it on salted roads? Forget starting it and moving it every month. Best to leave it up on jack stands to prevent flat spots with the tires. I've actually found that if tires are inflated to proper pressure when the temp is below freezing, I've not had problems with flat spots. I used to put all my cars on jack stands, then it got to be too much trouble and too many jackstands to deal with...now I make sure tire pressure is good and no problems.
As mentioned, keep the battery inside out of the cold, bt you don't have to keep it on a battery tender. The battery will hold up fine if it'* inside. If you feel it needs a boost, just put it on the tender 24 hours before reinstalling in the car. I just disconnect my batteries every winter. In spring I hook them back up and they always start. If a battery is over 4-5 years old, this may not work, as the battery is getting a bit old. Then definitely give it 24 hours of battery tender action and it should be fine.
Hope this helps instead of muddying the waters.
(7 in storage this winter)