How to Store a Mazda Miata for the Winter
The weather is getting colder, which means we are entering the final weeks (or hopefully months) for you to fully enjoy your MX-5 Miata. Of course, you can still use your Miata during the winter, but many drivers prefer to shelter their roadster from the harsh winter roadway conditions and frigid cold. If you’re one of those drivers, we’ll explain how you can store your Mazda Miata for the winter and offer some advice for keeping it in optimal condition.
Where to Store Your Mazda Miata for Extended Periods of Time
Every driver may have their own way for storing their Mazda in the winter, but there are a few things that we definitely recommend.
But first, you’ll need to determine where you’ll store it during these months. It’s highly recommended that you keep your Mazda in an enclosed structure, like your garage, that will protect your car from the elements. It’s also important that you’re able to control the temperature in this structure to avoid condensation build-up that could occur with temperature fluctuations.
Advice for Storing Your Mazda MX-5 Miata
Now, there are many things you can and/or should do to prepare your Miata for storage, so we can’t run through everything here. If you need help, you’re welcome to contact us at Mazda of Lodi. There are also other Miata drivers online who can likely provide assistance. That said, here are some tips you’ll want to consider during this process:
- Give your Miata a good and thorough wash/cleaning beforehand.
- Rather than applying the parking brake, brace the wheels with wheel chocks or tie down chains.
- To keep the electrical system charged, either attach a battery tender charger or disconnect the battery.
- Since allowing your vehicle to sit in one place for a long time can cause flat spots to develop on the tires, consider options to avoid your tires experiencing this effect.
- Take care of simple maintenance tasks, like an oil change.
- Use a fuel stabilizer
Like we said, these are just a few pieces of advice that you may want to consider. If you need a more detailed plan for this process, just let us know, in particular if you’re planning on storing your Mazda Miata for the winter during a period longer than 30 days.