How to Properly Store Your Car During Winter

Cars parked outside in snowDrivers across Canada know how unpredictable winter can be in the country. The constant drop in temperature calls for days-long snow, slippery road surfaces and dark and foggy weather conditions, affecting your vehicle’s functionality. To eliminate the hassle of winter auto maintenance, which routinely includes topping up fluids, changing tires and keeping up with the battery’s health, many car owners prefer to park their vehicles throughout the season, where applicable. But, have you ever wondered what is the ideal way to store your car during winter? If not, now is the time because to get your car back running after winter, you need to store it properly so that all its important components and parts remain in a proper working condition. Read below to learn from the expert technicians at S&B Keswick Motors some tested car storage tips you must remember while parking your car for longer during winter. 

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Top 5 Winter Car Storage Tips 

  1. Use a car cover: If possible, park your vehicle under a shelter or in a garage. But, if you don’t have access to such a covered space, use a car cover or tarp to protect it against moisture buildup that may damage your car’s exteriors. 
  2. Invest in a good-quality anti-freeze: To protect your vehicle’s powertrain system from rust and corrosion, you must use a quality anti-freeze because this fluid prevents the water in the engine from freezing, even when the temperature goes below the freezing point.
  3. Maintain your fuel levels: Low fluid levels mean your fuel tank may become prone to condensation. Condensation leads to corrosion, eventually damaging your car’s powertrain system. So, always leave at least half your tank with fuel to create a protective layer in the gas tank.
  4. Take out the battery: While storing your car, you must take out the battery and keep it in a dry place because, in winter, car batteries can lose up to 35% of their strength, which affects their overall lifespan. You can use a battery tender to ensure it stays charged so that you can put it back in the car and use it in an emergency.
  5. Maintain car tire pressure: When you park your car for a long time, it compresses the tires, and after a point, the tires start to lose their pressure. This is why you should add more air to your tires before parking your car in winter. You can also use a thick wooden plank under the tire to protect them from puncturing.

For more winter car storage and maintenance tips, Visit S&B Keswick Motors, your go-to car dealership with dedicated teams to help you care for your vehicles. If you have any questions? Please visit our dealership at 475 The Queensway South, Keswick, ON, to get in touch with experienced technicians, today!