Auto Storage Guide
- A car is one of the prized possessions not just of an individual but for the entire family. Many people wish to put their car in storage facilities, either for winter or when they are on vacation or even for long term periods. Since the care is an expensive possession you would like to take maximum precaution to prevent it from any hazard, damage or invasion of any kind while it is under storage. You want your car back in the same immaculate condition when you put it inside storage. For ensuring this, there are a few tips to be followed. Here are some suggestions on storing your car:
- • Finding an indoor storage facility is one of the best storage options for your car. There are many storage providers who have vacant spaces for storing cars for long term. They may even agree to start your engine and keep it running every one or two months. Of course they will do this at a fee. But the money spent is worth it, as it ensures your car’s health in the long run.
- • Make sure that you thoroughly clean and wax your car before you send it for storage. Even the undercarriage and the areas surrounding the wheels need to be free of dirt – since it attracts moisture and when combined with air, it may result in corrosion of the metal areas.
- • The care also needs to be cleaned in the interior also. Use a professional cleaning service or use your home vacuum cleaner to clear out all the nooks and crevices of the inside of the car. Leaving crumbs, etc inside would attract rodents etc who can then comfortably reside in it.
- • The inside upholstery including the car carpet also needs to be cleaned, washed and dried before the car is put into storage.
- • Remove the spark plugs and put oil in cylinders to prevent the cylinder walls, pistons and valves from rust and corrosion. While ordinary car oil is good enough but fogging oil from marine supply is excellent for this purpose. Then start the engine at least 6 times to make sure that the oil has covered everything.
- • Make sure that the gas tank is full as this lessens the risk of water being absorbed by the gas during storage.
- • Regarding the electrical fittings, first remove the battery cables and then lift the battery slowly from the engine. Clean the battery and wipe the batter with a cleaner to remove any damp dirt and grease from it. Place the battery on a clean surface and attach it to a trickle charger. This will help in the preservation of charge. Check the battery for any rust or corrosion.
- • Check brake fluid and flush it out and replace if necessary. Check your coolant level and ensure that there is enough for protection during winter months.
- • Lubricate your hood latches, hinges and door hinges adequately.
- • To prevent rodents from attacking your ignition wires and other wiring system, place clean rags into the engine air intake and exhaust.
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