Unless you take the car for a drive of about 30 minutes or so, simply
starting and idling for a short time will do more harm than good.
1. It charges the battery.
2. If run long enough, it should dry out the engine moisture.
3. It moves the oil around to relube internal parts.
4. It moves gas through to possibly prevent varnish forming.
1. If not run long enough, you simply create more moisture.
2. You do nothing for most of the transmission.
3. You fill the exhaust with moisture and rust out mufflers.
4. It may just unsettle any varnish in the fuel system to sit in another
spot, maybe worse.
Your best bet is to find a decent day, preferably a dry day even if it is 10
degrees out, and take it for a drive. Avoid wet or slushy streets, and
avoid any with salt. In some areas, they only salt the main roads so the
side streets or back roads can often be clear.
Then when you get home, wash the car, dry it well, and put it away. I've
known people who have used leaf blowers to blow underneath to dry the
With regard to the battery-tender/float-charger, most of them have
either short circuit protection or plenty of internal resistance. They
won't self-destruct from the voltage sag during engine cranking.
That said, it's best to disconnect the battery tender and follow Tom's
winter-care checklist and go enjoy a drive. Checking the voltage as the
engine starts can also let you know how the battery is holding up. If
you keep the car for several years, the dollar saving in exhaust
components and seal replacements will pay for the gas you use on these
"dutiful drives" and scrub downs.
Please keep in mind that regularly driving a Corvette to ensure its well
being and longivity is hellish work but, like sex, someone has to do it!
Thanks for the advice guys. Unfortunately there is salt on pretty much all
the roads here in Western NY 'till at least the end of March. Also, the
Vette is kind of buried in the back of the garage so the 3 other vehicles
can be used throughout the winter. It would take a lot of work just to get
it back out. If it's going to cause more harm than good I'll just leave it
sit 'till we get a good spring rain to wash the salt from the roads. Brad
so you are choosing the "Bad" over the "Good" ?
just because its a hassel to move some other vehicles
out of the way once a month (about three times).
there is no way that all the roads are salted.
For my two cents I can appreciate your dilemma. I live north of Toronto
and my car is in a garage that would at times require removal of three
feet of snow and yes ALL the roads are salted. The baby is better off
resting with the Battery Tender watching over it 24/7. Make sure you
change the all the fluids and you will not have a problem
"my car is in a garage that would at times require removal of three
feet of snow" could mean just about any house up in the Barrie area at
many times during the winter! <lol> C'mon get the snow blower out and
drive your Vette back and forth in the driveway! You're right though -
your roads are salted until well after the snow is gone.
It rained this morning and when the road in front of my house dried it was
rather white. That tells me it still has salt on it. It snows here at least
a little every few days, and when it snows they salt.
As for getting it out I have to move more than just the vehicles. Things
like outdoor furniture, lawn tractor, motorcycle,mower, snowblower, etc.,
all have to be moved so I have room to angle it out. The problem isn't just
moving everything, it's where to put it when it's moved. I can't put the
other vehicles on the lawn like I can in the summer so I have to have
someone in each one to move it while I would get the Vette out, then move
them again while I put it back in.
I just thought it was better to let it run for 20 minutes or so once a month
but if not I'll just wait for spring.
its no big deal. I was just messin with ya anyway.
I have always lived in the south and don't have to deal with
the real problems of winter.
I really like visiting the northern states. I like the
mountains and the beautiful views,
but I don't believe I would like to go through the winters
its all in what ones gets use to, I guess ?
g'day to you & yours Brad
If it weren't for family commitments I wouldn't be up here either. It kills
me to go months without riding my bike or using the Vette. You'd think after
almost 50 years it wouldn't bother me any more. Brad
what type bike ya got ?
I ride an flhs / 95" stroker engine / HD
family commitments and job commitments
are what usually ties a person to a certain geographical
I am retired and my family (my daughters) are grown and
I choose the south, just because..
enough ot babble..
g'day to ya
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