Leaving your vehicle parked and unused for an extended period may cause more harm than good. Tires may deflate, the battery may get discharged, rusts may form on rotor disks and fuel tank. And what is worst, it can be a breeding ground of pests and insects. Here are some essential tips you can do to store your car properly:
1. Thoroughly clean your car’s exterior and interior.
Be sure to wash your vehicle to remove any particles, droppings, smudges, and other road elements sticking on the surface. Remove the trash, wipe “high-touch” areas, and vacuum the interior to eliminate odor and avoid building-up of germs/molds. Use a car cover to preserve its paint and avoid further dirt accumulation.
2. Fuel up.
Fill the tank in full to lessen the moisture and condensation inside.
3. Overinflate the tires.
Increase the tire pressure by at least three (3) PSI than usual to prevent flat spots.
4. Save your battery.
Start the engine every once in a while and take a short drive to recharge the battery promptly. Use a car charger when available. Keep your remote key away from the vehicle to preserve its charge and prevent further drain.
5. Release the parking brake.
The vehicle must be secured by engaging a gear/park pawl or by using chocks.
By following these guidelines, you can protect your precious investment from perils and ensure that it is in top shape when you are ready to take it on the road.