Winter Car Storage Step 1: Perform Car Care
– Change the oil and filter and run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the clean oil. Fresh oil provides the ultimate in corrosion protection for winter storage.
– Inject fresh grease into all grease fittings.
– Prevent corrosion on the hood latch and door hinges by spraying them with white lithium grease.
– Open the windows, doors and trunk and spray dry Teflon lube or silicone spray on all the weather stripping to keep it from bonding to the doors when the vehicle sits for long periods.
Winter Car Storage Step 2: Fill the Car With Gas and Stabilize
Draining all the fuel from your car would prevent gum and varnish buildup. But it’s next to impossible to do that, and even trying to do it can ruin a perfectly good fuel pump (a mistake that’ll cost you $700 including labor).
Instead, stop at an auto parts store and buy a fresh bottle of fuel stabilizer. Then fill the tank at the gas station and pour in the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer. Drive the car around for about 15 minutes to get the stabilizer mixed into the gas and spread throughout the fuel system.