Winter Storage

Winter Storage

Compiled by Dot

Nick Adams:


It's a good idea to give the car a run every week or so just to keep it ticking over. The battery is known to last only about 2 weeks if the car is left undriven, so a battery charger/conditioner is recommended.

When leaving for prolonged periods, it is recommended to leave it in neutral.

Advice from Dave Massey (Lotus' Senior Technical Author):


How to lay up your Lotus for winter: Don't! Use your Lotus all year round. But if you must:

Thoroughly wash the car using a pressure washer to clear any salt residue from the underside and chassis crevices. Allow drying completely, then waxing - polishing the paintwork. If garage stored, leave the windows open slightly to ventilate the interior. Use protective silicone spray ( e.g. WD40 ) over the engine to inhibit corrosion and moisture getting in. Consider the use of a dehumidifier.

The Battery must be kept in a charged state to sustain its performance. Modern mains operated battery management charges may be left connected to the installed vehicle battery to continuously monitor battery charge and provide a trickle charge only as when needed. If the car is stored with on mains access, the battery should be removed from the vehicle and bench charged.

Fill the fuel tank to reduce the air space and cover the interior walls of the tank which are susceptible to internal rusting.

Inflate the tyres to 44psi to reduce "flatspotting" and if possible, roll the car occasionally to a different tread patch.

Clock the wheels and leave the of the parking brake to prevent the pads from sticking. Lightly spray the brake discs with WD40, but beware of the first subsequent brake application!

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