Factors You Should Consider When Considering Storage for Your Vehicle
Posted by Dr. Terry Vines
Storing your vehicle requires more than just locking it up in a storage facility. There are some factors you will want to consider so that your car remains in top condition and is ready to go when the time comes to remove it from storage.
Keeping Your Tires in a Healthy StateWhen storing your car for extended periods, your tires can begin to develop flat spots or outright deteriorate. Just because you have left your car in storage does not mean you can neglect it without negative ramifications. Regularly checking the air pressure of your tires is essential. You need to make sure the air pressure meets the manufacturer's recommendation for that particular tire. Even when not driven, your tires will lose air over time. In as little as 30 days, your tires could begin to develop flat spots depending on the tire's construction. Moving the car even a foot forward or backward will help re-establish its feet. You could utilize jack stands to take the weight off the tires. For older tires, you need to be especially vigilant. Deterioration of older tires can happen quickly and result in issues including:
- Discoloration from age
What About Your Oil?When you are not taking your car out regularly, the oil will deteriorate due to temperature changes. If you have a car that sits in storage for long periods, it would be wise to consider switching to oil that utilizes a time-based structure rather than a mileage-based oil. Even if you have not put the necessary miles on your vehicle, make sure to change your oil every six months. That is especially important if you occasionally take your car from storage to drive. It may also be a good idea to replace the oil before taking it out if it has been sitting in storage for a long time. Doing so will remove any condensation of water out of the oil.
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Your Fuel's IntegrityWhen putting your car into storage (especially if it is going to be long-term), you should make sure and fill your vehicle with new gasoline. Doing so will minimize the amount of condensation in the gas tank caused by changes in the weather. When a tank is filled, that gas should remain for around half a year. Diesel can last a bit longer. E85 gasoline degrades quicker, primarily with a higher alcohol percentage. Adding fuel additives meant for vehicles going into storage is a good idea.
An example of this is Sta-Bil, but this is meant for those going into short-term storage. If you plan to put your vehicle into long-term storage, it may be best to completely drain the tank and fuel lines. No matter what additives you add to your fuel, it will eventually go bad. Draining fuel can present a danger, so make sure you know what you are doing, use proper drainage procedures, and dispose of or store the drained fuel properly.
If you are in the Redlands, California area and looking for a storage facility where you know your vehicle will be safe and secure until you are ready to pull it out, please consider Vines Storage. Please call 909-389-6209 today to speak to somebody about storage options.
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