Get Your Vehicle Ready To Store For WinterDecember 3, 2020 3:19 pm
If you are lucky enough to have a spare vehicle, either a classic car that you take out for Sunday drives or a vehicle that you don’t like to drive in the winter, you need to get your vehicle ready to safely store for the winter. You might think that you could just pull your vehicle into your garage, throw on the parking brake, and hope for the best. The reality is that improperly storing your vehicle can lead to some serious damage and even cause your vehicle to break down entirely. If you take the proper steps to store your vehicle, you can easily store most vehicles for months on end with little to no issue. If you are looking for tips on how to store your vehicle or want to get more versed in DIY mechanical projects, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get the best prices in town for all the parts you need for any project. Here are four tips for storing your vehicle over the winter.
Clean Your Vehicle
If you store a dirty vehicle, you are giving corrosive materials an entire winter to eat away at your vehicle’s paint job. Sap and other materials can be extremely damaging to paints, and dirt and dust can easily rub on your vehicle, especially if you are using a car cover, which you should. Take the time to clean both the interior and exterior of your vehicle, as any food residue or papers on the inside of your vehicle could easily become a home for rodents, birds, or mold. We also recommend stuffing a sock in the exhaust pipe to keep wandering rodents out. While you are down there, you should spray the underside of your vehicle with either a rubberized undercoating or WD-40 to prevent rust buildup.
Check Your Tires
It may seem silly to check your tires when you won’t be driving on your vehicle, but the main issue you are looking for here is tire pressure. You will want to slightly overinflate your tires, as, over time, your tires will lose air and flatten. The last thing you want is for your vehicle’s weight to be resting on your rims, bending them and costing you hundreds. Don’t engage the parking brake, use wooden blocks behind your tires instead as parking brakes can easily freeze in place.
Fill up your gas tank to about 90% and use a fuel stabilizer to keep your fuel lines clean and clear. Take the time to change your oil and oil filter as well as topping off any other fluids. Once you have done this, go for a quick 10-minute drive to properly circulate your fluids and fuel stabilizer.
Never cover your vehicle with a plastic tarp or any other kind of abrasive material. These covers will shred your paint and cause your vehicle to prematurely age. Buy a good cover for your vehicle and put it on properly to ensure an easy and painless storage process.
You can easily have your car come out of winter storage looking and running its best by following these four simple tips. If you would like to learn more about how you can properly care for your vehicle, come into your local U Pull And Pay today.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling