When storing a car for winter it’s important to make sure that your vehicle comes out of storage in the same condition that it went in. Here are some winter car storage tips that should keep your car in good shape for summers to come.
It’s important to make sure that none of the fluids cause damage to the engine. The oil and filter should be changed to ensure that the contaminants in the dirty oil can’t eat away at engine parts. Fill the gas tank with fuel, non-ethanol if possible (as ethanol can absorb water over time). Add some fuel stabilizer to the tank to prevent the fuel from gumming, and then drive the vehicle for 15 or 20 minutes to ensure that the stabilizer has worked its way through the system. Consider flushing the brake fluid, it absorbs water and should be flushed regularly to prevent damage to brake lines and components.
If you are storing your car in a cold environment the antifreeze should be tested to make sure that it won’t freeze. The windshield washer fluid should be replaced with winter fluid for the same reason.
Before storing the car clean both the interior and exterior well. Apply some wax to protect the paint and use dash and leather conditioner to prevent them from drying out and cracking. Lubricate the hinges and weatherstripping with a silicone spray to keep them in good condition.