• Location, Location, Location: Choose a safe, dry location to store your vehicle for the winter. Preferably you would want to choose a location that has a concrete floor. The location does not need to be climate controlled but should not have excessive moisture. Excessive moisture can cause your vehicle to rust.

  • Check the Engine Oil: If the engine oil is dirty or at the mileage limit it should be changed prior to storage. As oil is used, corrosive materials get suspended in the oil which can cause corrosion while the vehicle is in storage.

  • Wash, Clean, Wax: Wash and fully detail the vehicle to ensure there are no contaminants left on the surface. Make sure to dry the vehicle thoroughly. Take the vehicle for a drive to clear the water from door jams and other hard to reach places. Any water left behind during storage can cause your vehicle to rust.

  • Top up Fluids: Ensure all fluids are topped up, especially the anti-freeze and confirm the strength of the anti-freeze (it should be good to a minimum of -35C). Make sure the windshield washer bottle is filled with winter washer fluid to ensure that it does not freeze and break the bottle. Fill the gas tank and add fuel stabilizer. Let the vehicle run for five minutes to allow the fuel stabilizer to flow through the fuel system. Fuel stabilizer will help prevent water from separating from the gasoline.

  • Tires: At the storage facility fill the tires to the maximum PSI to help prevent developing flat spots.

  • Ventilation: Leave a window rolled down about an inch to allow air circulation and prevent moisture from building up in the cabin of the vehicle.

  • Battery: Options for this vary but the two options are:
    • Remove the battery, store in a warm dry location such as your house and place onto blocks of wood. Connect the battery to a smart charger or battery tender. This option is for older vehicles.
    • Newer vehicles require the battery to stay connected to preserve the computers memory. In this case connect the smart charger or battery tender to the battery, keep the hood/trunk ajar to run the cables to the battery.

  • Pest Prevention: Rodents can be a concern while your vehicle is in storage. They can find their way into your vehicle and make it their home for the winter. This can be a major problem if they chew on wires and rodents can be a health concern. As a precaution make sure all food items are removed from the vehicle, place a ball of steel wool in the exhaust pipe opening and place fabric dryer sheets in the cabin and truck of the vehicle.

  • Cover: Use a good quality tight-fitting cover that allows the vehicle to breathe

  • Leave it be: Many people think it is a good idea to start and run the vehicle every few weeks throughout the winter. This can actually have the opposite effect. If the vehicle does not reach operating temperature condensation can build up in the engine which can cause sludge and corrosion.