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Safeguarding Your Wheels: Essential Car Storage Tips

Preparing your vehicle for storage is crucial to maintaining its pristine condition. Regardless of whether your car serves as your daily commute companion or a treasured vintage beauty, prioritizing proper care before its rest period is vital. By following these car storage tips, you can ensure that your vehicle emerges from hibernation in the same flawless state it entered. In the upcoming discussion, we will delve into a range of effective car storage strategies that are sure to keep your ride looking its best.

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Secure a Shelter

Your vehicle deserves a safe spot away from harsh weather and prying eyes. Here are your best bets:

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  • Garage: If you have one, use it! Make sure it’s secure from all ends.
  • Storage Facility: No garage? Rent a space where professionals keep your vehicle under watchful eyes, protected from the elements.
  • Friend or Family: Got a spacious relative? Sometimes, a friendly favor can solve your storage woes. A case of AMSOIL might just sweeten the deal.
  • Weatherproof Cover: If all else fails, a high-quality vehicle cover can shield your car from rain, snow, and dirt. Choose wisely to ensure thorough protection.

Clean Before You Store

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A clean vehicle is a happy vehicle, especially when stored. Wash off any salts, dirt, or droppings thoroughly. Attention to detail now prevents paint damage later. Waxing or using a clay bar will keep the finish in top-notch condition during its dormant state. Don’t forget the interior – a well-vacuumed cabin discourages pests and keeps your vehicle fresh.

Pest Prevention Tactics

Rodents view your idle vehicle as a winter hotel. Block their reservations by sealing off potential entrances like exhaust and air intakes with steel wool or dryer sheets. These simple tools can save you from costly repairs caused by unwelcome guests.

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Fuel and Fluid Care

Change the oil to eliminate any contaminants that could harm the engine during storage. Fill the tank with premium non-ethanol fuel to avoid moisture issues, topping it off with a fuel stabilizer like AMSOIL Gasoline Stabilizer to keep the fuel fresh and effective. Don’t forget to spray AMSOIL Engine Fogging Oil in the cylinders to fend off rust and ensure a smooth first start post-storage.

Battery Maintenance

Maintaining your battery is crucial when preparing your vehicle for long-term storage. If your battery sits unused, it will quickly lose its charge. To prevent this issue, consider removing the battery for storage or investing in a battery tender to keep it on a trickle charge. Opt for a trickle charger with an automatic shut-off feature to avoid overcharging and maintain the battery’s ability to hold a charge.

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Tire Care

Don’t forget about your tires during storage. Ensure they are inflated to the correct psi throughout the storage period to prevent permanent flat spots. If possible, lift the vehicle off the ground or move it occasionally to protect the tires. For extra tire care, you can also replace them with jack stands.

Choose A Strategy

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Operating your vehicle regularly is key to preventing deterioration during extended storage. Keep fluids fresh, seals intact, and internals free from rust by following proper storage protocols. Choose a storage plan based on your environment and needs to ensure your vehicle stays road-ready. Stick to your chosen protocol for optimal results!

By following these guidelines, your vehicle will not only survive the winter – it’ll thrive until you’re ready to hit the road again. Prep now, and enjoy a worry-free cold season knowing your vehicle is safe, sound, and ready to roll when spring arrives. Happy storing!

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