Guide to Proper Long Term Storage for Your Vehicle

21 December 2015
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There are a number of different reasons why you may need to keep your vehicle stored away for a long period of time. You might want to keep it out of the elements during the winter months by placing it in a storage unit or simply need to keep an extra vehicle in a storage unit until you require it in the future. Before you place a vehicle in long term storage, it is important that you take the steps necessary to prepare your car.


It is always a good idea to prepare your vehicle for long term storage by having the fluids changed. This means that you need to change the oil, oil filter and transmission fluid in advance of storing your vehicle. This is a great step to take to ensure that the engine of your car is protected even when it is not being used. If your oil is dirty and has not been changed recently, having these contaminants within the oil long term can cause extensive damage to the engine. This means that changing the oil and filter is a preventative step that you can take before placing your car in storage.


Even though your car will not be driven when in storage long term, it is also recommended that you put at least a half tank of gas into the vehicle before it is stored. Having at least a half tank of gas will keep moisture from finding a way into your gas tank. This is also a really great way to keep the seal from drying out. You should also try adding a fuel stabiliser to the tank. Adding a stabiliser to the gas will keep it from breaking down overtime. If the gas does brake down, this could result in damage occurring to the fuel line. However, this is much less likely when you add a fuel stabiliser to the gas tank before storing your car.


It is also suggested that you disconnect the battery once you place your vehicle in storage. This is a step that you can take to ensure that the battery does not become corroded over time. You can be sure that the battery will retain its charge more effectively if you disconnect it while the car is being stored. This will ensure that when you return to remove the car from storage that the battery will be functioning properly.