Managed 1100 miles this year, caught short by the fuel panic at the end of September – absolute pain looking at beautiful skies but having nothing in tank. I didn’t feel like being strung up by attending a petrol station in the Caterham!! In future I’ll be keeping that tank full, lesson learnt!
So now time to get ready for winter. I don’t want to take the car on the roads over winter as they tend to be covered in salt/grit, it gets cold, darker and just isn’t what I wanted to use the Caterham for. As a result the car will stay in the garage.
There are lots of approaches people take to winter it seems. I did the following:
- Full tank of fuel (I use super unleaded)
- Clean it well inside and out
- Put a couple of large silicon moisture absorbing pads in the driver and passenger footwells. I have no idea if this will add any value, but had them lying around so thought it was worth doing to help prevent any moisture build up
- Inflated tyres to 26 PSI (Usually run at 22PSI) – will check these sporadically throughout winter
- Handbrake off and used chocks to secure the wheels (instead of bricks!)
- Connected battery trickle charger using the ring connectors and running wires underneath the car, so I can leave the bonnet on
- Put the roof and doors back on and cover with the cover bought from caterhamparts.co.uk
Every few weeks I’ll go and roll it forward or back a bit so it doesn’t sit on one particular area of the tyres. In particular I’ll keep an eye out to make sure the battery trickle charger is still running, and for any sign of rodents in which case I will lay down traps.
I considered jacking the car up to rest on axle stands, but that operation comes with some degree of risk (screwing up and dropping the car), which I felt outweighed any potential reward so opted to keep it on the ground.
I leave the car registered for tax and insured year round. There are other approaches here, for example using SORNs to register the car as being offroad in the winter, but for now I want to keep it simple. No need to worry about MOT or anything until the car is 3 years old.