How to Protect your Car During Storage

March 6, 2019 2:52 pm Published by

If you are lucky enough to have a car that you treat as a “Sunday Drive” toy or one that you don’t drive often and are keeping in storage, there are a few crucial steps that you should take to preserve your car’s drivability. By taking a few simple precautions before you put your car into storage you can easily add years and thousands of great miles to your car’s longevity. If your car has been sitting in storage for too long and you need to replace some parts, come into your local U Pull & Pay today to get the parts you need at unbeatable prices.

Fill Up Your Gas Tank

Before you put your car in storage, it is important for you to fill your gas tank fully. This helps to prevent potential condensation in your gas tank which can lead to rust and engine issues as the condensation mixes with your gas. Once you have filled your tank you need to add a fuel stabilizer, which serves to keep the gas in your car stable and functional for longer periods of time. Try driving around your car for 20 minutes or so after you add the fuel stabilizer to make sure that it has been sufficiently distributed throughout your engine.

Take the Stress off Your Car

There are two things that you can do to greatly reduce the daily strain on your vehicle. You can start by making sure that you do not have the parking brake engaged. Having your parking brake engaged for a long period of time will cause brake corrosion and can do some serious damage to both your brake pads and your calipers. The second thing that you can do to reduce the strain on your vehicle is by putting your car on jack stands. By placing your car on jack stands before it sits for a long period you can help save the longevity of your tires and keep your chassis and suspension free of stress cracks. It may seem like overkill, but if you love your car and it is going to be sitting for a long period, like the entire winter, it is important to save it from these potential hazards.

Protect Your Battery

You can easily extend your battery life by disconnecting your battery while your car is in storage. If your battery sits unused for more than a week or so, it will start to lose its charge. You can keep your battery operating smoothly by draining your battery periodically with a small lightbulb and then recharge it with a low-volt charger. By occasionally draining and recharging your battery you will cut back on potential leaks and allow for a smooth start up when you take your car out of storage.

If you are looking for high-quality parts and supplies to keep your car running smoothly or to prepare it for a long storage period, come into your local U Pull & Pay today. We proudly offer a wide variety of quality parts at unbeatable prices all across the country.

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling