When winter comes and brings the snow and cold with it, it’s time to store your unused vehicle(s) to avoid damage from the harsh weather.
Some recreational or luxury vehicles should not be out on the roads when winter strikes. While you want to avoid damage from harsh weather and roads, you also want it to be in good working condition for spring.
Use these four tips to prep and store your vehicle this winter:
1. Clean your car — Thoroughly cleaning your vehicle inside and out not only makes it look nicer, but also prevents dirt and acidic materials from eating away at your car and causing it to rust.
2. Change the fluids — Having clean oil, fuel stabilizer and brake fluid, and a full tank of gas will help protect your car while it’s in storage and will help it run smoother when spring comes.
3. Protect your car — The best way to prevent the winter elements from damaging your vehicle is to keep it covered, whether it’s in your garage, a local storage facility or at a family member’s home. If you plan on keeping your vehicle outdoors, consider using a weatherproof car cover.
4. Check tires and brakes — Inflate your vehicle’s tires to their maximum air pressure, so they can slowly deflate as the temperature drops. Also, don’t engage your parking brake as it may become frozen. Instead, use chocks (wedges placed under car tires) to ensure your vehicle doesn’t roll away.
In the video below, Bryan from WorkshopAddict.com walks through some special tools that can be helpful in taking action on these tips.