It’s that time of year again. Many motorized “toys” are best enjoyed through the summer months and then need to be stored during the winter. It is very important when storing anything with a motor that you make sure that you take the following steps to avoid any unnecessary damage.
Steps For Storing Motorized Vehicles for Winter
Here’s a quick video that explains the basics of storing your motorized vehicles for the winter:
A 10-Point Checklist to Follow
1. Battery: If you don’t have access to the vehicle disconnect the battery and remove it, make sure not to store the battery on a metal shelf.
2. Fuel: There are gas additives that you can buy that will keep the gas from going bad depending on how long the vehicle will be stored.
3. Water: For outboard motors it is important to make sure that you blow out any water from the lower unit to avoid freezing and cracking.
4. Air Pressure: Make sure that air pressure is good and that you don’t have any slow leaks in any tires.
5. Outside Storage: If storing outside it is better to have your vehicle off the ground with blocks to avoid excess snow load on the suspension.
6. Rodents: It’s a good idea to put mothballs in a vehicle that is stored indoors to avoid mice and squirrels from chewing the upholstery.
7. Rust: In extreme cases you can remove spark plugs and add engine oil to each of the cylinders to avoid rust.
8. Dirt and Dust: Vehicles covers are a great way to reduce to chance of damage from dust and dirt.
9. Insurance: Make sure that the place you’re storing your toy has the proper insurance to avoid any coverage gaps.
10. Running the Engine: Its better not to start your vehicle unless to can let it run for at least 15 to 20 minutes to avoid condensation from building up.
Follow these tips so that you don’t have any surprises when you take your motorized vehicle out next spring. Contact us if you have any questions about the insurance you have on your vehicle or the location that it will be stored in.