Warm days have come to an end and winter snow flurries are here. It’s time now to start thinking about putting your prize possession away for the winter season.
But first, you must ensure your car is set to be properly stored for the winter months. In order to ensure your car is in tip-top shape for next spring we strongly suggest you check the following items prior to placing your car cover on for the last time this year.
Tires slowly lose pressure over time and may potentially develop flat spots if stored in one spot for a long period of time. We recommend inflating your tires to their maximum PSI rating. You should also move your car around at least once a month to avoid flat spots. If you want extra protection, we highly suggest FlatStoppers from Race Ramps. They help preserve your tires shape and offer thermal protection.
We highly recommend that you change your oil and top-off all fluids before you store your car. We highly recommend you DO NOT add a fuel stabilizer. From our experience we have seen the stabilizer products cause subsequent damage to the fuel systems and in particular increase the wear on fuel injectors. Our recommendation is you have a low amount gas in the tank at the beginning of storage and every month add a few fresh gallons to run the car. If you match the additional fuel to the running consumption, in spring you can refill the tank with fresh fuel and minimize the use of gas that has been stored.
Storing your car for a lengthy period of time can eventually wear down your battery power, especially during the cold winter months. It’s essential that you connect to a trickle charger or a battery maintainer so that the battery gets just enough power to keep the battery from dying. DO NOT disconnect your battery because it will remove a lot of stored data from your car in the engine management and information from the transmission driving patterns.
Car Wash & Detail
It’s a good idea to give your car a good wash and wax prior to being stored. Dirt and other things like bird excrement can be tough to remove the longer they remain on the paint. Also, make sure to remove the debris and garbage out from the inside of the car as you don’t want to attract any critters. (more on those below).
There are many places for critters like mice and other rodents to hide inside your car. It’s not a bad idea to stuff your exhaust with a sock to deter any small rodents looking for a new cozy home. We also recommend placing dryer sheets or even monkey balls (fruit from the Osage tree) as an additional form of deterrent. We can’t tell you the number of customers we have seen with rodent issues. Especially mice that like to crawl up into your engine compartments and chew on wires. Wires are coated with plastic made from corn – smells good to me said the mouse! You may not think it’s possible but it happens.
Properly maintaining your car prior to storing for the winter ensures your car will be in tip-top shape for spring time. We strongly recommend that you store your car indoors – in a clean, climate controlled facility if you can. There are many great options around the Chicagoland area.