6 Must-Knows for Long-Term Car Storage
Wash and Apply Wax
When storing a car for an extended period of time, corrosion is your biggest enemy. Before storing your car, thoroughly wash the exterior and apply a protective coating of car wax to prevent rust. For long-term vehicle storage, corrosion can become a damaging problem under the hood as well. After washing and waxing your car, pop the hood open and spray the engine cylinders with WD-40 or a similar oil-based spray designed for rust prevention.
Cover Your Car
Whether you’re planning to store your car in the driveway or in the garage, keep your car covered. A garage is the best place to store a vehicle, but if you don’t have a garage at home, buy an outdoor car cover. You could also consider using a storage unit, like Irvine CA storage. An outdoor car cover is weatherproof and does a pretty good job at keeping the paint finish protected from rain, snow and UV damage, but not from theft and falling tree debris. If you store your car in the garage, it’s still wise to buy a car cover for protection against corrosion and dust build-up.
Keep Rodents Out
Small rodents love to nest inside exhaust pipes and chew wiring underneath the hood. Neglecting pest control can lead to very costly repairs. If children and pets aren’t present, place mouse traps and rat poison in the garage. The smell of mothballs is also believed to keep critters away. Stuff fabric softener sheets into the end of the exhaust pipe.
Keep the Battery Charged
After your vehicle’s been stored several weeks, the battery will eventually lose its charge, which could pose a problem if you don’t have a charger or someone willing to give you a jump start. You can avoid dead battery problems by starting the car every couple weeks and allowing the engine to run for ten minutes or so.
Fill the Gas Tank
Keeping the gas tank full keeps the seals inside lubricated and prevents moisture from accumulating in the tank. In below zero temperatures, the fuel line can also completely freeze if the gas tank is left near empty.
Keep Tires Fully Inflated
If your car is stored with half-deflated tires, the tires could begin deteriorating and there’s a good chance the tires will develop flat spots. Flat spots occur when the tire air is so low that the weight of the car pushes down on the wheel, permanently altering it’s shape.
This article was written by Dixie Somers on behalf of extraspace.com. To learn more about storage in Irvine, CA, visit their website at: Classic Car Storage