by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership
Oh Crap it's Winter!!!
As if you hadn't noticed, winter has cooled us over like cold beer in an
icebox. So what does a car person do in winter? I call them my winter
car projects. Anita calls them "I won't worry where Bob is for the next
100 hours". If you plan on driving a tour, competing in autocross,
concoursing, or just driving when the weather gets better, then you need
to use these winter months to prepare your car for the usage it will see
once the sun is out regularly.
I would like to supply you with a list of car projects you might want to
try, or just look over, "Because what the heck, winter is for sleeping,"
said the grizzly bear. I will go from easiest to the more mechanically
challenging projects on my list. Please enjoy the list as there is
something for everyone.
- Fill your Porsche up with gas. If you don't drive the car much
at all (sits for weeks), then a full tank will help keep the gas
tank from developing varnish which in turn messes up the fuel lines.
- Wash and wax your Porsche. Do this before you cover
your Porsche or just let it sit in the garage. Turn on the tunes and
get a beverage; be one with your car while you are doing this. You
may want to try one of the new sealants on your clear coat. These
sealants really add protection and shine..
- Shop online or around town for accessories, tires
and parts you need to replace before the next driving season. Look
at forums and see what others of your make Porsche do for regular
maintenance and upgrades.
- Take your beloved car to one of our sponsors for a
general checkup -- there's a doctor in the house.
- Change your motor oil. Winter can be rough (not
RUF) on your engine just sitting idle. Oils do become acidic when
they are mixed with burned gas fumes. Change the oil if the car is
going to sit all lonely without you in the driver's seat.
- Change your air and cabin filters. We have a lot of
pollen in the air here, so change that cabin filter once a year, you
might start sneezing less.
- Touch up paint chips
- Polish your windshield and clean the windshield
wipers or change them.
- Check your brake linings or pads.
- Check bearings.
- Adjust the valves for those of us without the
- Modify your chassis for the coming autocross
season. You can always make the car stiffer ...can't be the driver
that is slowing you down!
- Add performance shocks and exhaust system.
- Get real sticky tires and wheels for next season.
- Find another collectible Porsche to own.
- Rebuild the whole suspension, add coil overs.
- Rebuild your engine into the 7000 horse power beast
you know you deserve.
- Repaint your car with flames. (We are in the USA you
- Just have fun and be careful not to be a causality
of black-ice, red cinder sand on the roads, or big pickup truck door
dings while you are out and about.
- Read Hank Watts' book on autocross driving. (This
is easy, I'm just out of order.)
- Read a German tour guide to the Autobahn. (This too
is easy. again I'm out of order.)
- Redo your bucket list for 2013.
- Come up with a great dish to serve in the garage
with your honey and friends celebrating the completion of one of
Finally, Tom Strobel sent me this link talking about the new "E15"
gasoline. AAA and everyone on the planet says they are bad for your fuel
lines. Yes they are! Despite your political view this stuff should NOT
be used in any Porsche of any vintage! Thanks Tom.