There are many reasons that might require a car to be put in long term storage. Perhaps its winter weather and that convertible is no longer practical or maybe you have been deployed for military service or sent a distance for work. By following these preparation tips for long term storage, not only will prevent damage to your vehicle but may save you dollars in costly repairs.
Indoor storage is the best way to store your car for long periods of time.
Preparing your vehicle
Clean the vehicle–Make sure that not only is your car washed, waxed, and allowed to air dry, but that it is completely vacuumed of all crumbs and dirt. Critters love empty vehicles, and you want to make sure there are no food sources in your stored vehicle for them to find. Empty a box or two of moth balls on the floor of your vehicle to discourage critters from finding their way in.
Lubricate door hinges and hood release latch–Latches and hinges need to be protected from moisture.
If your vehicle will be parked for over a year then you should also —
- Flush the brake fluid–Brake fluid retains moisture which can eventually lead to rust and corrosion in the brake system. Flush the old brake fluid with new.
- Remove the spark plugs–In order to prevent rust and corrosion, make sure you remove the spark plugs and spray some oil into the cylinders. The spark plugs can then be reinstalled and the plug wires reconnected.
- Put jack stands under the vehicle to raise the wheels off the ground.
Protect the vehicle from rodents/critters–Critters can crawl into just about any opening in the vehicle and set up house, so make sure to stuff clean rags or aluminum foil into the tailpipe, engine air intake and the fresh air intake.
Install a T3–Installing a T3 on your vehicle, will not only protect it, but give you peace of mind while it is in storage. And make sure to put your T3 in Master Mode to alert you if your vehicle moves. Want a T3 for yourself? Enter to win a $50 giftcard to Amazon and you can put that towards your own T3!