Your vehicle is one of the biggest investments you’ll make because of how much you depend on it, same as you depend on your home to keep you warm and dry. So preventive maintenance is only part of the battle of protecting your car when putting it into storage. Often overlooked is the proper way to store your car for the winter.
Check out these 10 tips we have compiled from automotive car experts on car storage.
1. Location: Do you have a vintage American car or a high-powered import? If so, the experts over at Prestige Imports recommend that you store that beauty some place with a concrete floor. This will prevent any excess moisture from doing damage. If you’ll be storing your car in a home garage without a concrete floor, then you’ll want to place a tarp on the ground before parking it for the winter. Be sure to check out some Denver car storage locations available with STOW IT’s Denver listings.
2. Tires: Colorado has serious temperature changes which will affect the tire pressure of your car during storage. Be sure to inflate your tires before storage to reduce flat spots.
3. Fluids and power: Before storing make sure to top off all your fluids and then take your vehicle for one last drive to ensure they are thoroughly circulated within the system. Also, change the oil and filters. These measures will help to prepare your car for long-term inactivity.
4. Battery: Your car will not start without the battery. Either disconnect the battery or consider purchasing a trickle charger. Trickle chargers usually cost around fifty dollars at your local Advanced Auto parts location. You do not want your battery to overcharge so be sure the battery tender has an automatic shut off or float mode.
5. Car Cover: It may seem a bit redundant to cover your car when it’s being stored indoors but a cover protects that paint job that you value. Get yourself a good car cover to help keep your baby looking good.
6. Detailing: This step is not just overkill for the car enthusiasts. According to prestigeimports.net, detailing fights surface contaminants and interior detailing fights mold. Additionally, waxing your vehicle is also recommended to protect against the constant antagonist known as moisture.
7. Rodents: That’s right, those furry little creatures that you don’t want in your house chewing on things —will settle for your car. Edmunds.com recommends laying down some mouse traps and rat poison to help ward them off. You can also get really meticulous and plug any gaps and entry points with steel wool or any other such materials.
8. Brakes: If you’re concerned about the car rolling, buy some wheel chocks available at Wal-Mart or use wooden blocks. Do not engage the parking brake! It may become frozen and create a real annoyance for you when you come to pick up your vehicle.
9. Topping off the tank: Most fuels mixed with ethanol have a three-month shelf life. Because of this, cars.com recommends using a fuel stabilizer to prevent any corrosion in the fuel lines during storage.
10. To start or not to start: This is simply preference, there is no reason to start your car while it’s being stored. But some people do like to start the car intermittently. Never run the car with the car cover on and the garage door closed. When you do decide to take the car out of storage, make sure to give it ample time to warm up and lubricate. Please plan ahead to optimize your car care.
Follow these Winter car storage tips and come Spring time you’ll be ready to take on the road ahead!