If you are planning to store your car, van, or truck in a self-storage unit, you will want to make sure that it is kept safe and in good condition. Preparation is key, and here are a few steps that will help ensure that your vehicle stays in its best state so that when you are ready to take it out for a ride, it will be able to provide you with the same level of performance that you have always enjoyed.
Clean the auto before putting it into storage. Dust and grime left on your vehicle will attract more as it sits in storage. If you cannot clean it yourself, hire professionals to do the cleaning. Give it a good wash and wax on the exterior, extending to the tires and the undercarriage. The wax will fight corrosion as your vehicle sits in the storage unit. Also clean the inside of your vehicle to avoid any remnants to sit and mold or decay. Make sure that you remove all dirt and vacuum every inch and crevice. Also remove anything that is left in the trunk. If you have leather seats, condition them before moving the vehicle in storage to keep your auto looking, feeling, and smelling nice and clean when you take it back out.
Change the oil and filter. Perform this step the week you plan to put the car away. A dirty filter and old oil sitting in the auto for a long period of time can cause damage to the engine.
Fill the gas tank up all the way. This will keep out any unwanted air or moisture. Add a fuel stabilizer as well, to help the gas in the tank keep its integrity and prevent it from breaking down while the auto sits in storage.
Remove the battery, then clean it with water and baking soda. Rinse well using distilled water and allow it to dry off completely. Store the battery in a cool, dry place.
Seal all openings so as to avoid attracting small animals. Close all the windows and vents. Use plastic bags and rubber bands to cover openings in the engine. Use a towel or blanket to cover the opening between your hood and windshield. Stuff some steel wool inside your exhaust pipe, then cover it with a plastic bag and tape.
Remove the tires and store them with the auto. This extra step could save you from replacing a whole set of tires.
Avoid moisture problems by parking your vehicle on a plastic tarp. This will provide an extra layer of protection between your car and the concrete.
Protect your car with a cotton flannel cover that will be gentle on the exterior of the car while allowing it to breathe. Avoid using plastic as the vehicle will not be able to breathe and will also trap in moisture which would cause damage to it.
Following these steps and paying extra attention to detail will help your vehicle stay in great condition so that, when you return to take it out of storage, it will be ready for you to get rolling again. If you have any questions, please do give us a call today at (330) 488-0129 or (330) 488-1866 or send us a message.