It’s a smart move to keep your nicer vehicle in the garage during the winter. That old reliable beater may not look like much but it certainly gets you around during those colder months. Now that warm weather is here, it’s time to store the old bone-shaker until the cold returns. Here are a few tips that will prepare your older vehicle for storage and ensure it takes little to get it ready for another round of use when the time comes.
Reserve Space at a Climate-Controlled Storage Facility
Always choose a facility that offers temperature and humidity control as part of the features. This type of car storage solution means the unit where your vehicle is house is kept at a constant temperature. You won’t have to be concerned about heat or condensation setting up while the old beater is idle. A bonus is that the unit will be tight enough to prevent rodents from coming in and setting up housekeeping while the car is in storage.
Detail the Vehicle From One End to the Other
Before the car is placed in storage, have it detailed from the front to the back. That includes the interior. There should not be a speck of dust or dirt left on any surface. This will make preparing the vehicle for winter use all the easier.
An Oil Change is in Order
You don’t want oil that is in need of changing anyway to settle in the engine while the vehicle is in a self storage unit. Take it to a local professional and have the oil and the filter changed. Given the age of the vehicle, ask for a synthetic oil product to be used. Synthetic oils are formulated to work better with older engines and the product will not deteriorate while you are not using the old beater.
Taking Care of Other Fluids
It never hurts to check the levels of other fluids and ensure they are filled prior to the storage. For example, the windshield wiper fluid can be filled along with the transmission fluid and the coolant in the radiator.
Recommendations vary on fuel, with some recommending a complete fill of the tank and others recommending no more than half a tank during storage. If you do decide to fill the fuel tank, include an additive that helps to stabilize the contents during the months of no use. Before placing the car in storage, allow the engine to run for ten or so minutes. That allows the stabilizer to circulate through the engine and provide the maximum benefits.
Checking the Tires
Specifically, you want to make sure the tires are properly inflated before storage. You can find the specific PSI recommendation of the manufacturer on the detail found on the side of each tire. This prevents any area of the tires resting flat on the floor of the storage unit and increasing the potential for deterioration.
Disengaging the Battery
Many people recommend removing the battery and keeping it at home. You can have a professional charge it just before the beater is removed from the storage unit and prepared for another winter.
Cover the Vehicle
Even though the beater is in an enclosed space, invest in a car cover that’s snug enough to remain in place but still allow the air to circulate around the vehicle.
Now is the time to find the right Winnipeg storage facility for your winter vehicle and prepare the car for safe-keeping. Use these tips and preparing it for use when autumn becomes winter will not be difficult.