When it comes to PDX Auto Storage, we don’t only store vehicles- we also act as a resource for the community. This is why we are giving you five useful tips on storing your vehicle this winter. There are some things you’re going to want to do in order to maintain your car’s condition as the holiday season unfolds. Here are some things to take note of:
1. TIRE INFLATION
Before you put your car away for the winter, it is best to check and top off your tire air pressure. This is because tires tend to deflate over time, and weather temperature fluctuations can increase this issue. When the temperature changes, so does the air pressure in your car tires, causing them to deflate over long periods of time.
Without tending to this, one can expect auto repair costs. As tires deflate, they can end up causing a lot of damage to the tires by damaging the rubber from sitting on the wheel, tires crack, loose air pressure and become unsafe to drive on.
This leads to costly repairs when it comes time to use your car again as tires need replacing and don’t come cheap. Prevent this problem by using these simple little storage hacks to prevent unnecessary and unwanted repair costs and frustration.
To learn more about how weather can affect your tires, check out this post. You can also talk to us experts at PDX Auto Storage
Antifreeze is used to prevent the engine from freezing and cracking your engine block radiator and hoses. This can cost as much as thousands of dollars in unexpected costly repairs. When putting antifreeze in your car, it is usually mixed 50% with water. However in the winter, you might want to go with 60% antifreeze and 40% water. Note: We do not provide antifreeze at our facility. To ask more about using antifreeze, contact us at PDX Auto Storage at (503)257-1140.
3. MOISTURE CONDENSATION COLLECTION BAG:
A Damprid moisture condensation collection bag helps to reduce and even prevents moisture and condensation buildup inside your car / truck. This causes musty odors mold and mildew in bedding your car’s interior and upholstery, due to prolonged winter storage.
4. REGULAR MAINTENANCE STARTS:
Maintenance starts also help on overall performance by keeping your car’s battery active occasionally, this simple little trick can also assist in saving much unexpected and unnecessary added repair costs. Auto batteries like everything else tend to expire over time, but this little trick can also help to reduce the headache of unwanted auto repair costs.
By starting your engine every couple months you help to keep the battery alive, so they do not go dormant and lose their starting cranking power over the winter cold months, causing the need to replace your battery in spring.
5. FITTED CAR COVER
A properly- fitted car cover that fits your car properly can also help with winter Auto Storage protection. By using a fitted car cover to your specific model, this helps with additional weather protection, helps against sun fading due to long exposure to the sun over extended periods of time, as well as nasty winter weather elements. This helps to prevent seats and dashes from weathering and drying out cracking and fading due to the UV Rays, causing repairs and additional costs.
In conclusion, by supplying a quality fitted car cover, having your antifreeze and tires checked, and parking using the PDX Auto Storage service plus package, you will have an additional piece of mind that your car has additional protection against the winter weather elements.