How to Properly Store Your Car: Tips and Tricks

As a car owner, you may encounter situations where you need to store your vehicle for an extended period of time. Whether it’s because of travel plans, military deployment or simply not needing your car for a while, proper storage preparation is crucial to ensure that your vehicle remains in good condition and ready for use when you return.

Here are some tips on how to properly store your car for an extended period of time:

1. Clean Your Car

Before storing your car, make sure it’s clean both inside and out. It’s important to remove any dirt or debris from the exterior as they can cause damage over time. Cleaning the interior will also help prevent mold growth and unpleasant odors during storage.

Exterior cleaning

– Wash with soap and water using a microfiber cloth
– Dry thoroughly with another microfiber cloth
– Apply wax to protect the paint from fading
– Don’t forget to clean wheels and tires

Interior cleaning

– Remove all garbage
– Vacuum carpets and seats
– Wipe down surfaces with cleaning solutions
– Leave windows open slightly

2. Change Oil & Filter

Oil can break down over time even when not being used regularly which could lead to engine damages such as corrosion or bearings seizing up due to lack of lubrication. Before storing your vehicle, change the oil completely along with the filter so that fresh oil circulates through all engine parts.

How To Change Oil & Filter:

If you’re unfamiliar with changing oil yourself then best bet would be taking it in for service done by professionals who have experience handling cars before long-term storage. They can ensure everything is done right without damaging anything on accident!

But if You still want do-it-yourself:
-Gather necessary tools (oil filter wrench, oil pan, funnel)
-Drain old oil
-Remove old filter and replace it with new one
-Fill engine up with new oil

3. Fill Fuel Tank

Leaving your fuel tank almost empty when storing for long periods could cause the interior to corrode and may lead to fuel system damage. Before storing your car, fill up the gas tank completely so that there’s less room for air to enter which will prevent moisture build-up.

Additional Tips:

If you’re planning on leaving vehicle sit for more than six months then consider adding a fuel stabilizer as well! This will help preserve gasoline from going stale over time.

Also avoid using ethanol blended fuels because they have tendency of attracting moisture in tank leading corrosion issues again!

4. Remove Battery From Car

When Your vehicle isn’t running it causing battery slowly discharge until dead so remove battery from car before storage or connect it with a trickle charger/maintainer instead.

A trickle charger is designed specifically to give small amounts of charge over time which helps keep the battery at optimal levels while stored away (especially if its being held somewhere cold).

It’s also recommended that before removing main power source disconnect any other electrical connections (like GPS device) as these can drain energy too even when unused!

5. Cover Your Car

Even though vehicles are built tough but still covering them during storage gives extra layer of protection against external factors such as pests residing within garage and dust etc… A high-quality breathable cover is best option to protect paint job without trapping in moisture.

With all these steps taken care off should ensure that your vehicle remains safe during extended period sitting untouched by weather or any other form of damage till returns back into active service!

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