For owners of luxury or classic and sports cars, fall season is the end of the driving season and gets people to think about winter car storage. Many people with a hobby vehicle store their special car during winter, so it will be spared from the hars cold weather. But before storage the car should be properly prepared. Here’s a helpful guide:
1. Storage Location: Pick a dry and safe facility to storge your vehicle during winter. Your garage could do the job just fine. But if you do not have a home garage, find a self-storage facility with concrete floor. The self-storage unit or building doesn’t have to be climate controlled but must not be prone to excessive moisture.
2. Check The Engine Oil: Pull the dip stick to check theengine oil. If it’s very dirty and you have reached the mileage limit, it should be changed before you store the car. Otherwise, you could wait until spring and start the season with new oil. The kilometers used is the most important factor when talking about engine oil. Modern oil, especially the synthetic type is stable for one year in the a car’s engine. Fogging the engine of your car isn’t necessary unless you’re storing your car for more than one year.
3. Wash & Clean: Before storing your vehicle, clean it thoroughly to make sure that there are no contaminants left on the exterior during the period of storage.
4. Top Up Fluids: After cleaning your vehicle, drive it to the gas station to get rid of any water from the crevices. Fill the gas tank then add fuel stabilizer. Allow it to run for several minutes in order to allow the stabilizer to flow through the engine’s fuel system. Check other fluid levels like anti-freeze. Make sure they’re topped up.
5. Tires: At the self-storage facility, inflate the tires to the maximum PSI rate, which is indicated on the tires’ sidewall. Doing so will help prevent the tires from having flat spots. It’s important to get rid of modern radial tires and it’s not advisable to put a vehicle up on blocks and just leave the suspension hanging for a long time. Leave your vehicle in neutral and make sure you disengage the hand brake. An automatic transmission vehicle could be left in park in order to prevenet any movement. The vehicle must be parked on level surface.
6. Battery: The opinions regarding batteries vary, but it’s still best to take the battery out. You can leave your batter in your home on a piece of wood connected to a battery tender/maintener, and not a trickle charger. Some newer vehicles require that the battery is connected all the time in order to preserve the memory of the computer. In such case, it is alright to connect the tender to the battery while the hood is slightly open, to run the cables in the engine bay.
7. Ventilation: Leave the window one inch lower to have a good air flow and prevent moisture from developing inside the car.