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5 Tips For Storing Your Car During Winter

Love your car too much to see it get chipped by gravel and eaten by salt? You might consider storing it away for the winter. Surprisingly, many Canadians pick up a less valuable car to take the pain of a Canadian winter, or they shift to using transit. Winter’s not only a terrible time to drive, it’s also a terrible time for a classic ride to be on the road.

Storing Your Car

If you do store your car, you will add years to its life- that is, if you store it properly. Here are tips to make sure your car is ready to drive in the spring!

1. Don’t Drain the Tank, Just Add Stabilizer

Traditionally, people told you to drain the tank before storing a car. This isn’t the absolute worst option; at least it prevents the gas from oxidizing and creating dangerous tar-like deposits in your fuel lines.

However, draining the tank also isn’t the best option. Your gas is clean and free of water and corrosive elements; the air isn’t. Gas actually protects the fuel lines from internal rust. Instead of draining it, add a fuel stabilizing chemical to prevent oxidation.

2. Figure Out How to Handle Your Battery

Even when not running, your car eats a little bit of juice. For some cars, a good option is to disconnect your battery and stabilize its chemicals by putting it in a freezer or a cold basement.

However, if your car has an engine computer, disconnecting the battery is a bad idea. It will throw off your diagnostics, cause you to fail emissions tests, and require a run-in to recalibrate your shift points. Instead of disconnecting the battery, hook it up to a maintenance charger.

3. Choose Climate-Controlled Storage

The most damaging thing to a car in storage is moisture. In an Ontario winter, there’s more than enough of it to go around. Climate-control also includes dehumidification, meaning you’ll have less condensation and a lower chance of internal rust.

4. Throw in Some Silica Gel

Silica gel is a cheap desiccant that sucks the moisture out of the air. Hang a big pouch from your hood, and throw one on the driver’s seat, and you should avoid any problems with the moisture still in the vehicle.

5. Use Jack Stands, Not Blocks

Jack stands put less pressure on your suspension than blocks, and they make it easier to take a car down. This is important because it’s a good idea to run your car every month or so for about 20 minutes, just to keep the cylinders lubricated.

If you follow these tips, your car should be in great shape come spring! For more information on how to store your ride, contact the experts at Migson Public Storage.

Posted on September 4, 2015 | Storage Tips

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