How to Prepare Your Car, Van, or Truck for Self-Storage
Car,Van, or Truck Storage in Canton Ohio
Keeping vehicles inside a self-storage facility is ideal if you lack the space at home and you need to make sure that they are kept safe and in good condition. If you are planning to store your car, van, or truck for longer than a week, there are a few things you need to do to get them ready. Here are some tips to avoid having flat tires, a dead battery, etc.
Wash and wax the exterior of your vehicle. Doing so cleans and helps protect the paint, and gets rid of dirt and contaminants that may corrode the paint, and form into rust.
Clean and vacuum the vehicle’s interior to remove dirt and debris that would damage it if left to sit for a long period of time.
Fill up the automobile’s fluid reservoir so that there is no space left for condensation to occur.
Change the oil and filter. Old oil will eventually become acidic over time and eat away the inside of your engine. Replace this with fresh oil as this will take much longer to break down. Your engine seals should remain in great condition while your car is in the storage unit.
Grease all the steering and suspension components of your auto. A full grease service will help prevent the seals and rubber bushings in your suspension from drying out while your car is not in use.
For older vehicles, disconnect the battery. Leaving your battery connected will completely deplete its charge and this will eventually cause one or more of the inner cells to get damaged.
Place the battery on a trickle charger, especially for newer vehicles that would require a constant source of power. Most recent vehicles are equipped with advanced computer systems, and these require continuous power or else the vehicle may have to be completely reprogrammed.
Check the vehicle and make sure that the parking brake is not engaged. If your vehicle is left for an extended period of time with its parking brake on, the brake pads would eventually rust to the rotor or drum and cause the wheel to seize. So make sure that you use a set of wheel chocks to keep the auto in place.
By giving your vehicle the extra loving care it needs before moving it into a self-storage facility, you can rest assured that it will provide you with the same level of performance the next time you take it out of storage. If you have any questions, give us a call at (330) 875-4237 or (330) 875-8030 or email us today.