By Grace Bailey, Guest Blogger
Whether you are traveling away for a long time, staying somewhere or simply leaving your car behind and you won’t use your vehicle, the fact of the matter is it will need proper care to avoid damage from the environment and time itself. If your vehicle is left unattended for long periods of time it may suffer greatly, developing mechanical issues that may plague the machine for years to come if you’re not careful. This article aims to help alleviate these issues by following proper car storage procedures to ensure safety during storage. We begin with the following tips:
- Change the oil and its filter. Storing a vehicle for long periods of time, such as years will require special additives to the oils to prevent caustic breakdown.
- Fill up the tank with high-octane, premium fuel. Fuel tank condensation is a real problem with stored vehicles, so consider filling up the tank with non-
alcohol fuel to prevent such things from occurring. Gasoline can gum up with the passing of time, so stabilizers are also a good idea to keep this from happening.
- Ensure the coolant levels in the vehicle are up to date and sufficient for its working condition.
- Inflate the tires to sufficient air pressure levels. If you are about to store the vehicle in a cold climate, you should check out the proper pressure for a certain situation to prevent flat spots. Long periods of storage may cause thumping in the tires before they set in during motion in the first few miles.
- Clean up your vehicle and wax it to ensure you have removed all dirt, especially from wheel wells. The interior should also be cleaned well, paying attention to food scraps that may attract rodents or bugs. Remove the carpets to keep them dry and avoid using any products containing water to minimize the risk of condensation.
- Place a vapor barrier plastic sheet under the car to prevent vapor buildup and to spot any leaks.
- Crack a window open when storing indoors, as doing this outside may allow bugs and small animals to creep inside.
- If you plan to use car storage your vehicle for extended periods of time, such as more than a month you should consider using a battery maintainer. These will keep the power levels of your battery up during the time you’ll be away and it will be done automatically. You may want to detach the battery from the car, though you should keep in mind this may create issues with the time and date of your on board computers, if your vehicle has any.
- Remove the windshield wiper blades and store them somewhere else. Pad the ends of the wiper arms or alternately pop them out to prevent any scratching of the windshield.
- Remove the spark plugs and spray just a bit of oil into the cylinders to keep them from rusting up, then replace the plugs once more. There are special oils being sold at stores for long-term storage of engines, so keep that in mind.
You can read some useful advice on Twickenham man and van service.
This article is a guest post on car storage. The thoughts and ideas in this post do not necessarily reflect those of USstoragesearch.com.