If vehicles are properly preserved when we are away for a some period, there is every tendency of increasing its life- span. Here’s 10 ways you can reserve your vehicle by properly storing it:
1. Do not apply the handbrake when you leave
If the handbrake is pressed for a long period of time, the brake pads may get stuck on the discs or drums. It is needless to say that in this case you will
get in trouble next time you drive the car. The clever thing would be to use wheel chocks, such as a piece of wood or even a brick, to prevent it from rolling away and leaving the car in first gear.
2. Park indoors or use a vehicle cover
If possible, park your car indoors. It is safer and cleaner. If you do not have this option, invest in quality coverage. Make sure you buy one made for your vehicle model or vehicle type. Also, avoid using the cover indoors as otherwise the moisture remaining inside may evaporate faster, especially in humid weather.
3. Care of the spark plug
If you are not going to use your car for a long time, you should remove the spark plugs and spray some oil into the sockets before reinserting the plugs. This helps to prevent the insides of the cylinder head from rusting and keeping moisture out. You can also use fuel additives that protect the inside of the engine. Of course, you should only do this if you are familiar with the mechanics of the car.
4. Clean the interiors before parking the car
This could be the obvious, but we will tell you anyway. People tend to leave garbage in cars, including chocolate or biscuit wraps (with crumbs inside), old newspapers, water bottles, and so on. All of this can make rotten or, worse still, rodents that can damage floor mats, seat covers and even cables. Clean the interior thoroughly and spray a small air freshener. However, do not use too much as it stinks in closed rooms for a long time.
5. Fill up the fuel tank
One of the main problems when a car is not being used is rusting inside the fuel tank. The best way to avoid this is to fill the car to the brim with high-quality gasoline and even add fuel additives. This will allow moisture to enter the tank and prevent rusting of the fuel tank. Of course, make sure that the tank is properly closed.
6. Battery preservation
It is better to remove the battery if you go away for a long time. Lubricate the clamps and wire ends with petroleum jelly or grease to prevent rusting. Make sure the battery is fully charged and fill up with the water level. Reserve the battery in a cool area away from direct sunlight.
7. Paint protection
The paint finish of a car may be damaged if the vehicle is parked outdoors, even if the cover is protected by dust, dirt and moisture. Thoroughly clean the exterior to avoid damage. Before applying polish and wax, remove any dirt, dust that may adhere to the vehicle. This helps keep the moisture out. The use of the vehicle cover provides complete protection.
8. Lift up the car
Cars that rest for a long time develop flat spots on the tyres. To avoid this, use four jacks (or wooden blocks) to prevent the car from resting on the wheels. Low-profile sports cars can be left without support for up to two months without damaging the tyres.
9. Change oil and filter
It is best to put in fresh engine oil and new filters before leaving the unit. Drive a few miles by car, however, so that the fresh oil circulates in the engine. Waste oil contains moisture, metal shavings, mud and other corrosive elements.
10. Ensure the tyres are properly inflated
Check the tyre pressure and make sure the tyres are at the right pressure. Proper inflation prevents tearing of the sidewalls and flat areas. Check the valves and valve caps for leaks and the correct seating of the valve caps.