Are you storing your vehicle for the wintertime? Maybe you have an extra vehicle that is not winter proofed yet, like your Jeep or beautiful convertible Mustang! What do you do with it to winterize it this winter season? Here are all of the steps to take to winterize your extra vehicle, so it’s safe in storage this winter and usable for all three of the other seasons of the year. Taking care of your car before it goes into storage is just as important as taking care of it during the seasons you drive it.
First step, OIL CHANGE TIME!
Yes, you heard it, a simple oil change will do wonders for your vehicle being stored away this winter. This way, you will be able to start up your engine good as new right after wintertime and into the spring season. A good reason to do this BEFORE you store it and not after is so the oils currently in use are cleaned out and do not sit inside your vehicle for the entire winter.
Before storing your car away, winterize your vehicle by filling up your tires with air. Due to the cold temperatures in the winter, your tires will lose some air. This will ensure that your tires will not be unusable when you take your car out for a drive in the spring.
3. Take care of the fluids!
Look at using a fuel stabilizer to winterize your car before storing it away. This will help to avoid any type of corrosion in your engine or fuel lines! Top off all of your car’s fluids as well, and make sure that you have a good amount of antifreeze. Once you have done all of this, take your car on one last drive before storing it away for good to circulate all the fluids.
4. Clean inside and out!
Clean the outside of your car, and wax it so no rust builds up. While you’re at it, vacuum and wipe down the inside so it’s squeaky clean when you drive it for the first time next season. Don’t allow any rust or dirt to sit on the outside or inside of your vehicle!
5. Use a cover for your car!
The last tip we have for you is to invest in a car cover to winterize your car for storage! A car cover will help keep any dust or dirt from getting on the exterior of your vehicle. If you are storing it outside, this is a must! Make sure the car cover is waterproof and securely put on. You can purchase a car cover online or from an auto parts store. They normally range from $25 to $300 for a really great quality cover.
Those are some simple tips to take to winterize your vehicle for the cold, winter months in storage. This way, you don’t have to worry about a thing! Do all you can to prevent any unwanted repairs in the future.
If you need a repair later on or for any of the cars you do use in the snow, visit us at Harris Automotive in Central Ohio. Visit our Westerville or Blacklick location today to talk to one of our mechanics.
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