Getting Your Car Ready For Storage

Getting Your Car Ready For Storage

To minimize deterioration of your car during storage we recommend:

  • Raise tire pressure to help prevent flat spots.
  • Wash and wax your car before storage to remove road grit, acid rain residues and, in winter, road salt.
  • Thoroughly clean out and vacuum the interior, including under the seats, making sure to remove crumbs, food wrappers, etc.
  • Fill your gas tank to minimize in-tank condensation.
  • Add a fuel preservative to prevent gum and varnish formation. Modern fuel formulas break down quickly. Then run engine 5-10 minutes to ensure treated fuel is
    distributed throughout the fuel delivery system.
  • Turn off or otherwise disconnect aftermarket auto alarms or anti-theft devices.
  • Remove any toll road transponders!

You may also want to consider the following:

  • Change engine oil and filter as combustion by-products trapped in your “used” oil contain moisture and are measurably acidic.
  • Flush and replace coolant to renew the antioxidants used in modern anti-freeze.
  • Flush and replace brake fluid as it is highly hygroscopic and contaminated fluid can cause costly corrosive damage in precision brake systems.
  • Have a fresh battery installed, especially if the current battery is more than three years old.

Click here to download a pdf version of the Pre-Storage checklist