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Q: How do I prepare my car for storage?

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How do I prepare my car for storage?

A: If you’ll be storing your vehicle for more ...

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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