Stowing Your Car for the Winter
November 30, 2015
We have to accept it that the cold temperatures are on us now. If you are lucky enough to own a sporty car that needs to be stored for the winter seasons, there are several steps you should take to ensure that when spring rolls around your car will be ready to get back on the road.
The first basic step is to clean the inside and outside of your car. Get rid of all the trash that may have accumulated in the back seat. Food crumbs are welcome signs for rodents and other such critters you would rather not have in your car. Clean the outside of your car too and consider giving it a good wax job. Do you notice any scratches that could possibly rust? Take care of that now with a protective spray coating.
Take care of your car fluids. Fill the gas tank to keep out air pockets. Change your oil and oil filter. Have you checked your air tire pressure? You can fill them a bit above the PSI, but do not exceed the maximum. If the air pressure gets too low over the winter, the rims can be damaged from the weight of the car pushing down on them.
Cover the openings in the car, such as the vents, with foil or plastic bags to keep insects from getting into the cabin of the car. Stuff a rag into the air intake and exhaust to prevent animals from nesting here, but don’t forget to take them out when you start the car in the spring!
Store your car in a dry location with concrete flooring. If you are storing your car for an extended period of time, consider jacking it up on axle stands to avoid damage to your tires. Deciding to do this with considering how long your car will be stored depends on the type of tires your car has. Bias-ply and high-profile tires need to be jacked up sooner than other tires.
When spring rolls around, a great way to remember all that you need to do to get your car ready to run is to leave a checklist to yourself on the steering wheel or front seat. You don’t want to forget the rag in the muffler! As the last move, cover your car with a weatherproof cover or tarp.
At AA-1 Self Storage, we have units that can fit many sizes of cars with garage space ranging from 10’x15’ to 10’x30. Take care of your car now to keep it running long term!
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