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How to Store Your Car

March 7, 2020

When it comes time to put your car away either for a new build or maybe just for the winter, the task can seem a bit daunting.

This is probably because so many people have so many theories on how to properly store your car.

Well today, we want to make it less complicated.

Here is a guide to show you how to properly store your car.

 

1. Clean

Before your car is stored, be sure that it's properly cleaned inside and out.

Don't be afraid to go crazy with the details either.

Not only will this make your car so much nicer when you finally take it back out, but you won't be allowing the dirt, road salt, and other grime to just sit on your car.

It's also important to make sure that your car is completely dry.

 

2. Gas

Go ahead and stop at a gas station after washing your car and fill it up.

By filling your car with gas, you can help prevent any moisture within the gas tank.

Having moisture in your gas tank can cause it to rust.

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3. Storage Space

No matter where you're storing your car, make sure there is as little moisture as possible.

If you're parking your car on concrete, consider getting a mat or a tarp to park the car on top of.

 

4. Change Your Oil

You can do this right after you park your car or right before you take it back out.

This is especially important if you'll be storing the car for more than 30 days.

The best practice is to change your oil when you park your car and again before you take it out.

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5. Fuel Stabilizer

It wouldn't be a bad idea to add some fuel stabilizer to your tank.

If you decided to do this, be sure to start your car and let it run up to operating temperature.

This will help move the stabilizer throughout the fuel system.

 

6. Protect Against Rodents

One of the biggest fears when storing your car is to have mice come by and chew your electrical wiring.

Take some dryer sheets and put them everywhere.

In the engine bay, trunk, glove box, under the seats, literally everywhere you can think of.

The dryer sheets will help deter rodents.

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7. Battery

We all have probably experienced not starting your car for a while and you come back and the battery is dead.

If you have an older car, simply disconnect the battery. This will prevent it from draining.

If you have a newer car with memory settings and other tech features, you may lose your settings when doing this.

Instead, you can get a battery tender.

This will maintain the charge of your battery while the car is in storage.

 

8. Tire Pressure

Finally, after you've stored your car, be sure to come back and check the tire pressure.

You dont need to do this daily but maybe weekly wouldn't be a bad idea.

Tires gradually lose air over time so by check the tire pressure, you can make sure you don't experience flat spots on your tires.

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We hope this helped you decide what you need to do when it comes to storing your car!