Best Practices: Storing Your Car During Winter

We are pleased to have Troy from Edmonton’s Auto Obsessed detailing business as our guest blogger. Detailing may not really describe what they do. If you visit their website you will see that it is more like a surgical theatre with glass walls.

1. CLEAN – clean your car inside and out and dry it thoroughly before putting it in long-term storage.  Dirt and residue could damage your car’s finish if left on the surface for long periods. Auto Obsessed has a series of video guides to help you do this work.

2. FUEL - Gasoline can go bad if it’s stored for months. Among other things, it can oxidize and form deposits which could ultimately clog your fuel system. Two tips for your fuel: 1) add a fuel stabilizer to your gas to prevent chemical change and 2) keep the fuel tank as close to full as possible to avoid condensation.

3. OIL - As oil gets used, corrosive materials get suspended in it and they can corrode your engine if they sit there for long periods. Change your oil before storing your car for a long duration.

4. ENGINE - Start your car and run the engine regularly (every two or three weeks) while it is stored to keep the cylinders lubricated. Run it for 20 minutes, or until it gets to optimal operating temperature.

5. BATTERY - Maintain charge in your batter with a battery tender or smart charger. Keep it plugged in all winter. Disconnecting the battery is a bad idea if you have a newer vehicle with computers (ECU, ABS controller, power distribiution, transmission controller, etc). If they lose power, stored settings and programs could be lost and you could face performance problems down the road.

6. TIRES – Tires tend to get a flat spot if they aren’t rotating all winter. Flat spots cause excess driving noise and poor performance. Flat spots can work themselves out but could become permanent depending on conditions. Permanent flat spots cannot be fixed and you will need to replace your tires. Park your car on TireCradles to prevent flat spots from forming.

7. VENTS – Another recommended tip is to close the AC air vents in the car before storage. This prevents moist air from moving through the ventilation system and it also stops insects or rodents from traveling through the system.

Paul D. ReynoldsBest Practices: Storing Your Car During Winter

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