Getting Ready for Winter Car Storage: 5 Tips

  • By Gary Shapiro
  • 29 Sep, 2017
Winter car storage takes a bit of prep, more than you might think. Should you set the parking brake? What about fluids? Here are 5 things you should know
Getting Ready for Winter Car Storage: 5 Tips

Getting Ready for Winter Car Storage: 5 Tips

Winter car storage takes a bit of prep, more than you might think. Should you set the parking brake? What about fluids? Here are 5 things you should know.

For some drivers, the start of winter puts a temporary end to driving the fun sports car.

Properly storing your car during the winter months is more than parking it in a covered location. Cold water can be tricky when it comes to cars. Extremely cold temperatures can impact the engine and other parts of your car.

This means you want to take several precautions to ensure the best winter car storage possible.

If you've never stored your car during wintertime, you'll need some helpful tips. Here are 5 must-dos to ensure your car is in prime condition once spring rolls around.

1. Fill Up

One of the first steps of effective automotive hibernation is to fill up the fuel tank.

Empty tank space contains air. Air is home to water vapor, which over time condenses to liquid. After sitting for months without running, the water can contaminate the gasoline.

Contaminated gasoline can corrode the entire fuel system.

To be safe, add a fuel conditioner to the gasoline to extend its life.

2. Change the Oil

Dirty oil is dangerous for your engine. Dirty oil with water is even more dangerous. Low-quality oil can damage the engine because of acid build-up.

To prepare the engine for winter:

  1. Drive the car to warm the engine
  2. Drain the oil using an oil pain
  3. Add new oil as well as oil filter
  4. Add an oil stabilizer
  5. Start engine and check for leaks

With new oil, your car will be prepped and ready to go once the warmer weather returns.

Check Other Fluids

Aside from oil, other fluids in your car also need to be checked. Coolant, break, clutch, and windshield fluid should all be topped off.

Empty space creates the risk of condensation.

3. Take Care of the Tires

Months of winter car storage leave the tires vulnerable to flat spotting .

To avoid tire damage, jack the car and support it using jack stands. This eliminates the entire weight of the car from bearing down on the tires.

You can also increase the tire pressure.

4. Remove the Battery

If you have a heated garage, use a trickle charger . This will top off the charge and minimize battery damage.

Without a heated garage, you'll need to remove the car's battery. It should be kept in a warm dry place. Freezing temperatures can destroy cells in the battery.

5. Park With No Parking Brake

Engaging the car's parking brake for months can be problematic. Eventually, the brake pads will stick to the rotors.

For proper winter car storage, don't use the parking brake.

Worried about your car moving? Use wheel chocks.

Winter Car Storage by Trusted Professionals

Want to store your car for the winter but don't have a garage? Need a place to put your car for a few months?

If so, Auto Vault Canada is the company for you. Our 88,000 square foot facility can hold 400 vehicles at one time!

For 14 years we have mastered the art of storing cars.

We value your car as much as you do! Contact our team to learn about our car storage solutions.

Official Blog of Auto Vault Canada

By Gary Shapiro 03 Oct, 2017
By Gary Shapiro 29 Sep, 2017
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