10 tips owners should keep in mind before putting cars into storage

Updated Nov 07, 2017 | Same topic: Handy Maintenance Tips

There are reasons that you sometimes need to leave your car unused for a long period.
It may be the winter that prevents you from driving your favorite sports convertible. Another reason can be that we travel out of town for months or our workplace is changed to a new location that car is no longer necessary. For all possible reasons, there are 10 little things we advise you to prepare so that your car will be in a good condition and get ready to be used at a later time. 

1. Change the oil
Change the oil

You should put the fresh oil before leaving your car in storage.

You should remove all the used oil since it contains moisture and impurities, which will have a potential corrosive effect on the engine. It’s recommended that you should put the fresh one before leaving your car in storage. And it’s best to drive a few miles after that for the new oil to come in contact with the engine.  

If you are not sure about what type of oil to use, consult with a technical expert about that.

2. Fill up the tank with premium fuel
One of the common problems with the fuel tank is that its inside wall may start rusting over time if the fuel is not full up to the rim. Thus, it is necessary to fill up the tank.

The recommended fuel is the quality, alcohol-free type.

For cars consuming petrol, as petrol can be easily steamed out or leaves condensed dregs in the tank, you have to add the fuel stabilizers (these substances are usually used for grasscutters or the garden machinery).

After filling up your tank, make sure the tank is closed properly to prevent penetration of contaminants.

3. Pump tires in a suitable pressure
If you maintain your car in the cold weather, the tires should be properly inflated. Too much pressure can cause cracks and tire blowout while too little can cause flat spots. Pressure in the tires should be rechecked when u reuse the car in the first 16 kilometers.

>>> View more: Tires safety tips and maintenance

4. Clean your car
Clean the car interior

Be sure to keep your car clean and get rid of dust on wheels.

Be sure to keep your car clean and get rid of dust on wheels.

For the interior decorations, clean up the garbage or food debris because these can attract insects and small animals. Moreover, you should remove the carpet to avoid the humid and musty atmosphere in the car. Also, do not use the detergents like Armor All as it contains water which adds more moisture to the interior.

5. Put your car on a tarpaulin in the garage
car on a tarpaulin

Put your car on a tarpaulin to prevent water from steaming out.
This can not only prevent water from steaming out if the floor is humid, but also detects easily fuel leak when driving.

6. Open the doors slightly but do not let cats or mice get in if you park your car in the garage.

If possessing a roadster, you should close tight the roof panel. Besides, you can use insect repellents or camphor. But do not spray it too much or your car will be full of chemical smell when reusing.

7. Battery storage facility is highly recommended

Consult your technical experts so as not to break the control system or audio and warning equipment.

8. Use protective film to cover the windshield under the wiper blades to protect the windshield as well as wiper blades’ sponge

Use protective film to cover the windshield

Use protective film to cover the windshield

9. Dismantle the spark plug, add a small amount of oil to the cylinder to avoid the combustor rusting and plug it again.

The recommended oil for the combustor is “fogging oil”. The plug should be  a non-stick spark plug to reduce the scum and oil accumulation.

10. Leave a note for yourself on the steering wheel to remind things which need to be dismantled if you want to reuse your car.

Hope that with these useful tips above, you can enjoy your like-new car after a long time without use.