Store Your Vehicle The Right Way
There are many reasons why people stop driving their vehicle for a long period of time. Those reasons could involve license suspension, availability of another car or temporary relocation. Regardless of the reason, every vehicle should be properly prepared for an extended period of hibernation. By taking all of the necessary precautions you just might save a lot of money in the long run.
Indoor vs. Outdoor
You should always look to store your vehicle indoors, in a dry and cool environment, but whether you store it indoors or outdoors, it is incredibly important for your vehicle to be impeccably clean. There is a reason why all classic car collectors are able to keep their vintage vehicles in great shape throughout all of the years, and that reason is the fact that an indoor setting provides the ultimate protection for a vehicle.
Owning a garage would be ideal, but if that's not possible then renting a storage unit (like this one Kennards Self Storage offers in Auckland) is well worth considering. However, if the vehicle has no other options but to endure the elements, then the best thing you could do is to put a thick car tarp or cover over the whole vehicle frame, but even after doing that the outdoor storage still remains a gamble as it is more prone to deterioration and wear of the vehicle.
The best thing you could do in order to prevent the interior destruction of the engine is to make sure all of the fluids are full and fresh. Purchasing a fuel stabilizer is advised as it prevents gasoline breakdown and allows your tank to remain relatively full, keeping out extra airspace which can lead to rust and moisture.
The next thing to do is to take out the spark plugs and then line the cylinders with oil in order to prevent corrosion. Changing the oil and oil filter is necessary, as old oil can have all sorts of acids and byproducts that usually lead to damage.
Should your vehicle be left unattended for up to 1 year or more without motion, while you're off traveling around the world, some extra precautions should be taken. The first thing you should do is to take out the battery and clean all of the connections. You should also consider jacking the vehicle up on a jack stand if possible and adding ten pounds of pressure to each tire in order to prevent flat spots. Having your vehicle waxed prior to your departure will improve the overall durability of the paint job.
Beware Of The Critters
Critters really love to make nice homes out of cars, and the last thing that you want when you get the vehicle back in use is to find out that it is now a nice home for rats, mice and squirrels.
Sealing every single hole a mouse could crawl through is an extremely difficult, if not impossible task, but you can easily cover tail pipe and other noticeable holes. If your vehicle isn't going to get even the occasional spin, then dropping a few mothballs near it will add extra critter protection.
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