Storing a vehicle today is easier and more affordable than it has ever been in the past. However, there are a few simple tips worth considering when you do in fact store your treasured vehicle for either a short time or a more long-term duration. For example, changing the engine oil and the oil filter prior to long-term storage is a smart way to extend the life of your automobile’s engine. This is also a good time to introduce additives into your vehicle such as valve cleaner and carb cleaner.
Flushing the cooling system is another smart way to extend the life of a vehicle that will be stored. Adding fresh antifreeze combined with distilled water is another smart way to improve the long-term life of your vehicle. In addition, it is a good idea to top off all of an automobile’s fluids prior to storage. From transmission fluid to differential fluid and windshield wiper fluid as well as brake fluid, topping these items off prior to storage is simply a good strategy.
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Also considered a good practice when storing a vehicle is to remove the battery, clean it thoroughly and place it aside on a trickle charger that is automatic. When cleaning the battery its a good idea to use a solution of water and baking soda as a way to neutralize built-up acid. A great tip for those storing a car is to place a large sheet of plastic in the storage area prior to driving the car into a unit. This acts as an effective vapor barrier that will reduce the likelihood of rust developing.
Sealing off the exhaust pipe and intake manifold with a plastic bag will keep moisture out of the engine and better protect vital components over the long term. Adding a few mothballs in the trunk area and engine compartment can also reduce the likelihood of pests and flying insects from occupying these spaces in long-term storage. This along with a good car cover can serve to protect your automobile in the most comprehensive way possible. Finally, some car owners choose to raise their vehicle up on jack stands so that the suspension system is not compressed for a long period of time. Contact Albuquerque Self-Storage for the car storage Albuquerque car enthusiasts trust and depend upon.