Long term storage car maintenance
If you have a vehicle you are going to store long-term, such as an RV, it is smart to do the following, as it will help keep it in good condition, so that when you are ready to take it out of storage, you won't have to spend a fortune getting it all ready to run again. I’ve recently have a good talk with a good mechanic from www.turbolts.com and he gave me these tips:
1. Keep the gas tank full: It helps avoid condensation in the gas tank. If the gas tank is not full, and the car undergoes any heat, etc. it might lead to condensation in the gas tank, which waters down the fuel, and can lead to problems in your fuel lines later. A full tank is best.
2. Add a fuel stabilizer: Drive the car awhile so the additive is distributed to all of the engine parts. This will help remove problems with the fuel sitting in the vehicle for some time, and will help it stay better maintained.
3. Wash and wax before storing it. This will help to protect the finish so that there is less chance of disintegration, and breakdown of the finish. It will keep your car looking good for far longer. Being stored, especially if it is uncovered, means it is open to the elements, and can be eaten away by salt, etc.
4. Disengage the parking brake: This will help you avoid brake corrosion. The pressure on the brake can wear it down, and it is not needed, this is an unneeded wear and tear. Instead, consider placing a block or piece of wood or something behind the tires to ensure it does not move.
5. Put car up on jack stands: This is going to help take weight off the wheels and tires. This is only necessary for long term storage, and will keep all things related to the wheels and tires in better condition. Cars are heavy, and taking the weight off the wheels and tires means that you won't have to fill them up, or replace them when you are ready to drive again.
6. Disconnect and remove the battery: This will keep it from draining, and causing other problems. To keep your battery in good repair you will want to occasionally drain it, and then recharge it with a low-volt charger. This will keep it in working order without putting undue stress on it.
7. Put a vapor barrier on the garage floor. A vapor barrier will help keep your car in better repair, and will lead to fewer problems. A good vapor barrier for your stored vehicle, especially one being stored in a garage is a 4-mil polyethylene drop cloth.
8. Stuff the tailpipe with a rag. Just don't forget to remove it before you start driving the car again. By stuffing the pipe with a rag, it will prevent moisture from infiltrating the exhaust system through moist air.