Winter Storage Tips
Brady’s Bend Underground Storage has some recommendations to make your winter car storage experience the best it can be. Here are a few of the key tips we’ve collected to keep your unit looking and feeling the best it can when you come back to pick it up.
- Clean It Up. Make sure that the vehicle is clean and dry. That is the single best thing to keeping a great experience. It may seem counter-intuitive to get the car washed when you’re putting it away for months, but it is an easy step and one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Water stains or bird droppings left on the car can damage the paint. Make sure to clean the wheels and undersides of the fenders to get rid of mud, grease or tar. For added protection, give the car a coat of wax
- Don’t Use the Parking Brake. It’s usually a good idea to use the parking brake, but don’t do it when you leave a car in storage. If the brake pads make contact with the rotors for too long, there is a chance that they might fuse. Instead of engaging the brake, you can purchase a tire stopper, also called a chock, to prevent the car from moving.
- After the storage season, change the oil and filter again once you get home. Oil breaks down over time, even if it is not in use.
- If you use a cover, use one that is ventilated and allows water vapor to escape. Wicking materials, similar to those used on sporting “technical wear”, is widely used in high-end covers.
- Be sure to add stabilizer to the gas. This can be minimized by leaving only a small amount of gasoline in the tank, and upon returning to your car — adding fresh gas to mix with the older gas.
- Be mindful of leaving wiper arms extended. If they snap back on the glass, the arms can break the windshield.
- Check tire pressure and inflate the tires to the recommended specs before and after the season.
- Check fluids to make sure there have been no leaks and that they are at the recommended levels.