For those planning to store trucks, RVs, trailers or sports cars away from the snow and salt of the winter, there are a few tips and tricks to do this properly.
Proper winter car storage is imperative to the life and maintenance of your vehicle. At Jiffy Self Storage, we have outdoor storage and parking compound to safely store your most prized possessions through the coldest winter months.
Before you begin to hunker down for the long-haul winter, there are a few tips we would like you to consider about your winter car storage. Read on to discover the best ways to keep your car in tip-top shape during storage.
Wash and Clean Inside
If you didn’t already know this, washing your car before storing it in the winter is one of the most important things you can do. To be sure you don’t miss a spot, you’ll probably want to hand wash it the old-fashioned way. Make sure to get the underside and give it a waxing after drying. This will protect the finish of the car and ensure that it’s gleaming for the spring comeback.
To make things easier for yourself, you’ll want to clean the interior of your car before storage to make sure there are no food, dirt or other unpleasant messes lurking inside. You don’t want any pests or critters getting cozy in your car while you’re not around.
Oil and Filter Maintenance
To be on the safe side, a change of oil and filter for your car just before storage will help protect from engine corrosion. As the car will be idle for some months, it’s best to take precautionary measures. Another thing you’ll want to do is to check your coolant and top off if necessary.
Fill it Up
While some believe that you should leave your gas tank empty, it is often difficult to drain the tank completely. If you don’t eradicate it, you run the risk of rusting from leftover moisture.
Since we wouldn’t want that to happen, your best option is to fill up the tank and add some fuel stabilizer that will prevent buildup and stop the fuel from weakening and damaging the system. If you plan on running your car occasionally while in storage, then this would also be a better option for you.
Take Care of your Tires
With the weight of your vehicle pressing on the tires for an extended period, flat-spotting is the most common issue here. You’ll want to make sure your tires are cleaned and properly inflated.
Another option is to put your car on jack stands so that there is less pressure on the tires. The last thing that you need to see on your car coming out of storage is flat, deflated and wonky tires.
In order to prevent your car battery from losing power, it may be best for you to remove it from the vehicle altogether and store it at home in the meantime. You will want to consider this option unless you’re planning on visiting your car to start it up during storage occasionally.
Also, if your car is a newer model, then removing the battery may not be recommendable. Alternatively, you can choose to use a battery maintainer to prevent a loss of battery later on.
Start it Up Every Few Weeks
To keep on the safe side, it is a good idea to start up your car every few weeks during winter storage to prevent sticking, spoilage, and to keep the cylinders lubricated. You should run the car just long enough to reach regular temperature and rev the engine slightly. This will usually take about 10-15 minutes.
Roll it Down
As a general rule, you want to keep your windows rolled down ever so slightly to let some fresh air in. This prevents bad odours and moisture from accumulating in your stored car and promotes good circulation to your interiors.
Keep it Covered
Covering your car with a tarp will be the last step you take before saying goodbye for the winter. For obvious reasons, this will help keep your car in mint condition and prevent dust and dirt from wreaking havoc during storage months.
You may even opt to get a custom-fit cover to better fit and protect your vehicle. Whichever you choose, make sure the fabric is breathable so that it doesn’t cause rust, scratches or any damage to the exterior of your car. When you are ready to take your car out of winter storage, it should be in pristine condition!
With these tips, you can rest assured that your car is safe and secure for the winter. Nothing is more important to us than ensuring you have the peace of mind that you deserve.
If you would like more information about preparing and storing your car for winter, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416 745 4339 or contact us here.