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5 Tips On How To Store Your Car For The Winter

winter storage for cars, car winter storageTo quote the popular saying from HBO’s Game of Thrones, “winter is coming.” Now if you happen to have a car that you want to keep in good condition (you do, right?), you probably want to keep it off the road until things thaw out. It is important to know that how you prep your car for the winter will significantly affect the condition that it is in once spring comes. For those of you who are looking to have your car hibernate this through the season, here are some tips on how to ensure it makes it through the winter in great condition.

 

1. Pick a spot.  The best case scenario is that you have a nice (relatively) warm garage to stash your car. This would serve as the best defense against the elements. One of the goals with storing your car for the winter is to keep condensation to a minimum, and a garage will regulate the temperature better. If you have to put it outside, try to find a spot that offers some shelter (like right next to a wall) but that gets at least some sunlight.

 

2. Clean out everything. Give your car the complete scrub down. Use protector on all of the surfaces. Most importantly, vacuum the interior completely. You don’t want to leave behind any food particles that could attract vermin.

 

3. Defend Against Pests. On the subject of vermin, you will want to invest in some mouse traps and put them underneath your car. Also, seal any type of possible entry, such as the air intake and the exhaust. Pests are the biggest danger to your vehicle while it sits through the winter, so you want to take every measure in preventing them from creeping in.

 

4. Prep your fluids. You should change your oil before you stash your car away, just to eliminate any waste that may have accumulated. Next, add STA-BIL® fuel stabilizer to your gas tank to prevent corrosion, fuel degradation (varnishing) and water/phase separation.  This is especially true with today’s ethanol fuels (e10).  You will want to keep the engine near-full of fuel with the stabilizer mixed in to help keep out moisture over those long winter months.

 

5. Fine details. You will want to remove your battery and hook it up to a trickle charger to sustain it through the winter. You should also fill your tires with as much air as they can safely handle in order to keep pressure off of the wheel bearings and springs.

After all of this is done, then cover up your car, kiss it goodbye (if that’s your thing), and leave it until spring.

Do you have any tips on storing your car for the winter?  Please share them in the comments below.

 

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  1. #7 Lubricate Hood Latches and Door Locks using a dry lubricant like a graphite-based cable lube or Dri-Slide.

    #8 Remove your Battery, Disconnect the Cables or Attach a Battery Trickle or Tender Unit to the Battery.

    #9 Tires: Keep your Tires out of Direct Sunlight. Rubber is sensitive to ultraviolet light, and prolonged exposure to UV light will cause tires to crack and split.

    #10 If you are storing your Hot-Rod or Muscle Car inside, make sure the cover is designed for.
    indoor storage and that it is made from a breathable material (like Gortex), or ask your service store for the proper cover to fit your car.

  2. #7 Lubricate Hood Latches and Door Locks using a dry lubricant like a graphite-based cable lube or Dri-Slide.

    #8 Remove your Battery, Disconnect the Cables or Attach a Battery Trickle or Tender Unit to the Battery.

    #9 Tires: Keep your Tires out of Direct Sunlight. Rubber is sensitive to ultraviolet light, and prolonged exposure to UV light will cause tires to crack and split.

    #10 If you are storing your Hot-Rod or Muscle Car inside, make sure the cover is designed for.
    indoor storage and that it is made from a breathable material (like Gortex), or ask your service store for the proper cover to fit your car.

  3. This is one of the many things I do when storeing my car for the winter I put many bags of Silica gel on the inside you can get them from many places that sell large tools like big power saws or drill presses etc. they throw out the bages of silca gel when the tools are unpacked so most places will give them to you for free. Also I put pillow cases that do not have any wear holes with kitty litter that has baking soda in it to absobe mosture and smells. don’t use mouth balls in your car it will sell for days buy electic mouse and rat sounders that gives off a high pitched sounded that will keep them out of your garage. people can not hear it to well but some dogs don’t like it my dogs don’t seem to mind it.

  4. Also when useing a fuel Stabilizer I put a fair amont in the day before I put the car away and drive around for a while that way it will get in to the carb etc.and fuel lines and mixes with the fuel in the tank too.

  5. If you have had fuel in your car tank for some time you also mite put in Startron it can bring back a bit of life to ethanol fuels fuel can start to breack down in a month.

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