How To Properly Store Your Car | The Build Sheet

Updated : Jan 12, 2020 in Articles

How To Properly Store Your Car | The Build Sheet


– Unfortunately there is
going to come a time where we just have to put our
cars away for a little bit. Whether it be for an
upcoming build for the car, or if you store your car for the winter. Either way, extended storage for a vehicle requires a little bit of prep. What’s going on everyone? Gels from Fitment
industries and on today’s episode of the build sheet, we’re going to be going over how to
properly store your vehicle. (Music) Now, before we go ahead and get into it don’t forget to subscribe and if you’re looking for anything
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donations going to them. The first thing you’re
going to want to do, if you’re planning on putting your vehicle away for any extended amount of time, is to clean that thing inside and out I’m talking about like picking someone up for a first date kind of detail. Make sure that the car has been completely dried off afterwards as well and then move it to where you plan to keep it stored. Now, on the way of driving it to your storage unit or house
or garage or wherever you’re going to plan on keeping it, on the way, make sure to
stop by your gas station, fill up your tank,
because storing your car with a full tank will prevent any moisture from gathering within the gas tank and could cause it to rust or
anything bad like that. Which could cause some
other issues down the road. Now, your storage space
is a whole nother animal. What I mean by that is
whether you’re keeping it in the garage or a storage
unit or at a friends shop wherever it may be, make sure that it is as free of moisture as possible. If possible, it’s always a good idea to have some kind of mat or tarp laid down if you’re storing it on concrete
or anything like that dirt, whatever it may be. Now, after you have the car cleaned, full of gas, in its resting place, you’re going to want
to change out your oil if you plan to have it
stored for anything more than 30 days or at the very minimum before you take it out again
at the end of the storage change the oil, but
it’s never a bad idea to change it once you put it into storage and then change it once you’re done. Now, it also wouldn’t be a bad idea to add some sort of fuel
additive to your tank once you fill up, something like stable is a solid go to when it comes to adding any sort of fuel additive for some kind of storage. Once that’s added to your tank, start your car and get it up to operating temperature
and give that additive the chance it needs to circulate
the entire fuel system. Now, the last thing that you want to have happen after months of storage and being able to not drive, you
know like your pride and joy, is to go and fire it up
after a long hibernation and (snaps) nothing. And then you realize
the mess that the mice have made all over your interior and your electrical system. Dryer sheets, spread them
like (bleep) everywhere front seats, rear seats, glove compartment exhaust, under the hood, everywhere! From personal experience, moth balls haven’t really done the trick and that’s what a lot of people will recommend, but, dryer sheets, that’s the key, they don’t seem to like those very much. Either way, making sure that no little critters can cause like havoc on your car can save you the
possibility of an extensive electrical headache in the springtime. Alright, so where are we sitting we got it cleaned, we got
a good storage location, topped off with gas and fuel additive, rodent proof, we’re
almost there I promise. Your battery is going to be the next thing that you’re going to want to take care of and if you have an older
vehicle it can be something as simple as just taking the battery out of the car and keeping it somewhere warm or maybe on a battery tender
or something like that. However, newer cars can be a little bit trickier that if you
don’t want to lose all your radio precepts or you don’t want to reset the clock
or anything like that you’re going to want to
leave the battery in the car, but like I said with newer cars, there are some other electrical features, and taking out the battery
and leaving the car with no power for a period of time can cause some issues that
will need to be reset. Of course, like nothing
crazy major but just more annoying than anything. It’s going to be like,
the windows that like pop down when you open the door or any other kind of features like that so if you gotta keep
the battery in the car a battery tender is going
to be your alternative otherwise known as a trickle charger. So, now that you have your car all prepped it’s all stored away, all
tucked away nice and neat there’s a couple things that you’re going to want to keep an eye on while the car is in storage. And the first thing would
be the tire pressure. Now, tires will naturally
lose air pressure over time especially with changes
in weather or temperature and all that kind of good stuff. So, to keep your tires
from getting flat spots, it’s a good idea to check the air pressure every now and then and inflate as needed. Another thing to keep in mind to is that make sure that you don’t
use your parking brake when you park the vehicle. So, what happens is
parking brakes can seize if they’re engaged for too long. The pads can like seize to the rotors or the cable can get like stuck all that kind of not good stuff. And that’s really pretty much it. There’s nothing too
crazy, nothing too hard, just requires some time to make sure that everything is good to go. Now, there are somethings
that you may have heard about storing vehicles
and a couple of them are controversial in a sense that if it’s good or bad for your car to
do that while it’s in storage. Number one would be that you need to start the car every now and then. Now, typically this is
because the thought of running the engine and
all that kind of stuff can let the car breathe in a sense. Now, whether or not
this is good for the car or bad for the car, just
make sure that if you do it let your car warm up to
operating temperature at least. Another tactic that seems
to be controversial is that you need to suspend
the car like off the ground get the wheels off the ground to prevent flat spots in the tires. Now usually this is done just by putting the car on some jack stands. With this there is the
argument of whether or not this is good or not for the suspension, by letting it kind of hang and sag having no load on the suspension at all. However, if you take the steps that we just talked about you won’t
have to worry about that and you won’t have to worry about putting the car up on jack stands. Just by keeping the car clean, keeping it dry, keeping it charged, keep it mouse free,
keep the tires inflated, you’re good to go. And that’s it, like I said,
really not that hard at all. Just take the steps and the precautions to make sure that your car is going to be ready to rock and roll
whenever you are ready to take it out of storage, but that is going to wrap it up for today’s episode of the build sheet. Hope you guys enjoyed. Please feel free to drop
a comment down below and what you would like us to cover next. But I’m Gels from Fitman Industries, don’t forget the Kansei giveaway that we got going on for
the month of January. It’s going to be great. We’re going to give away a
free set a Kansei wheels. I’m excited, everyone’s excited,
hopefully you’re excited. Well, we’ll see you later, peace. (music)

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