How do I prepare my car for storage?
If you’ll be storing your vehicle for more than a day or two, then you need to take a few important steps to protect it. Here’s what you need to know:
Completely fill up on gas.
Make sure the car’s exterior is washed and dried.
Clean the interior.
Do NOT apply the parking brake.
Leave the car in park (or reverse if you have a stick shift).
Use a chock on the back wheels.
Consider using jack stands if your vehicle will be stored for a long time to avoid developing flat spots on the tires.
Crack one window slightly if using interior storage.
Disconnect the battery.
Put a cloth between the wiper arm and the windshield (you don’t want the wiper blades touching the glass).
Lube all door seals and the trunk seal (silicone spray).
Use a breathable cover (for indoor storage) over the entire vehicle.
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