Vehicle Storage

Published on 4/12/2022

For whatever reason, you sometimes need to store your car. There are a number of things you may want to do before you put it in storage. Otherwise, mechanical problems can arise from disuse. Here is a list of important steps to consider:

1. Routine maintenance: Remember engine maintenance such as changing the oil and filter and topping off all the fluids fluids.

2. Remember fuel stabilizer:  You may want to fill the fuel tank to prevent condensation and and fuel stabilizer( based on manufactures instructions). It is a good idea to run the engine run for a little before storing the vehicle so that the fuel stabilizer can circulate.  The stabilizer will make sure the fuel doesn't break down.

3. Inflate your tires:  be sure to check your tire pressures and inflate them to the proper pressure.  Sometimes you can add a few extra pounds to help prevent getting flat spots.

4. Clean & Wax: its always a good idea to clean and wax your car.  Rinsing under the car especially the wheel wells will help remove trapped dirt.

5. Vapor Barrier: If storing inside it is a good idea to consider placing a sheet of plastic under the vehicle to help prevent water vapor build up. This will also help with clean up, and fluid leak detection when you remove the car from storage.  

6. Battery:  Eagle Self Storage does not provide outlets for charging car batteries.  It is advisable that you remove your battery and take it home to keep it on a trickle charger. Before removing your battery, be sure to follow manufacturers recommended policies for on-board computers, stereos, or alarms regarding access codes needed when you put the battery back in.

7. Don't use the parking brake:  When you park your vehicle you should release your parking brake. If the brake is left on, the brake pads can stick to the rotors. It is always advised that you place wheel chucks under the wheels to prevent movement.

8. Lube the hinges: Its always a good idea to lube all of the hinges,latches and locks to keep them in good working order.

9. Start your car:  Most vehicles function better when they are used regularly.  If you are able to, it a good idea to start your vehicle and let it run once roughly every other month.

10. Make a list:  Its always a good idea to make a notes of all the things you did in preparation for storage and put the list in the car so you have it handy when you go to reverse the steps when taking it out of storage.

11. Insurance: You might be tempted to cancel your vehicle insurance while it is in storage.  Although it might seem like an initial savings at first, your insurance company could raise your insurance later due to the gap in coverage.

12. If storing outside:  Its a good idea to use a car cover.  This will help protect your car from dust, sun damage, birds and other animals. Be sure that the cover you use is made of a breathable material.