NOCO's Ultimate Winter Vehicle Storage Guide Oct 10, 2017
Tips for Winter Vehicle Storage
PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE FOR WINTER STORAGE
Check your dipstick first and your service records to see when you last had your oil changed. Change your oil and replace the oil filter before putting the vehicle in to long term storage. If your oil levels are low top off the fluids before you park the vehicle for the winter. Changing your oil before storing your vehicle ensures your vehicle is ready to drive once you take it out of storage.
Using a fuel stabilizer helps to keep your gas fresh and prevents corrosion for up to twelve months, plus it helps your vehicle start easily after storing it for the winter. Car and Drive Magazine recommends using Sta-Bil and Pro-G fuel conditioners because they “keep gas fresh longer”(TQ) but they also mention that adding “these products aren’t critical for three- or four- month storage periods, but it doesn’t hurt to add them” (TQ).
Drive the vehicle for 30 to 40 minutes after adding the fuel stabilizer to make sure it coats all the parts. This helps to prevent any unwanted build up while the vehicle is parked.
PREPARING THE STORAGE AREA
Use a NOCO Multi-Purpose Battery Charger and Maintainer if the battery is stored for longer than one month. You can remove the battery and charge it outside of the car some place dry and warm. Or you can permanently mount a NOCO GBC007 Boost Eyelet Cable to your vehicle's battery to allow for quick charging access.
Vehicle covers should provide sufficient ventilation and keep moisture out. We recommend having an extra set of hands to help you put on the cover to keep it from touching the ground to avoid getting any dust on the vehicle before storing it.