[quote author=kfoxon link=topic=185259.msg3914168#msg3914168 date=1295820879]
My questions to you are as follows:
- Should we put the cars on jacks so as to remove pressure from the wheels/tires?
- Should we drain the oil/change the oil the day of the storage?
- Should we disconnect the batteries/Buy new ones and leave them in the storage unit?
- Are there any measures we can take to protect the exterior and interior?
Kyle and Kat.
I'm going to disagree with a few people here in my responses (but will explain my rationale as we go).
1. Yes, putting the car on stands IS a good idea, but only by raising the car enough to take a little strain off. What I mean, is that you do not completely raise the car so the wheels come off the ground but simply just enough so that the wheels and suspension are not absorbing 100% of the weight.
2. Changing the oil is a good idea if the car is going to sit for a while.
3. I would remove the battery completely.
4. I don't think waxing has much effect on a stored car, but that is me. I would recommend purchasing a high quality car cover though.
A few extras to consider:
5. Making sure the intake and exhaust tips are plugged up properly so no animals make homes.
6. Treat the interior leather, and I would avoid the use of moth balls as the smell when you get back would be quite overpowering. If you're worried about moisture you could also put a small dish of kitty litter on the floor in the front seat.
7. I would also recommend keeping the window slightly cracked so the car can "breathe" with the change of temperatures.
8. Use a plastic drop sheet under the vehicle to keep moisture from rising up and absorbing into the floor.
9. Release the parking brake.
10. If the car will be parked outside and the temperatures go below freezing, store the car with a FULL tank of gas. Not having a full tank means that condensation can build up in the tank and fuel lines (especially if you're using fuel with ethanol) which means moisture in the lines and water in the tank when you go to start it.