Why Won't My Car Turn On? How To Properly Store Vehicles for Winter

Published on 10/6/2022

Vehicles that are not prepared for the winter cold can experience difficulties with startup and engine and fuel line corrosion. Here are a few tips to prevent that from happening to your vehicle.

Clean Thoroughly Before Storage

  • Detail your vehicle, inside and out, polish and wipe down 

  • Be sure to get rid of tree-sap drops

  • Spray protective coat of rubberized undercoating on the parts of your car that have exposed, unpainted metal

  • To avoid attracting mice or other animals, be sure there is no food or trash inside or around your vehicle when it’s placed in a storage unit

Top Your Fluids

  • If you are storing a vehicle for more than three months, it is recommended to use fuel stabilizer when you’re at a half tank of gas and top it off with fresh gas right before placing it into storage- this should help prevent engine and fuel line corrosion

Remove and Store Battery

  • You’ll want to be sure to remove your car’s battery and bring it home with you or keep it in climate control until you reconnect it in the spring or summer

If you’re wanting to store your vehicles with Seahawk State Storage, check our availability for the appropriate sized units here (link), 10x20 accommodates most cars, trucks, and SUVs. 12x30 fits larger vehicles. Call or text us today or rent online instantly!