The brutal cold of winter months here in Virginia has arrived and can be very demanding on your diesel truck. Many people choose to leave their vehicles parked for the duration of the winter for this very reason. This will ultimately increase the longevity of your vehicle, but only if stored properly. Here’s a few tips on how to properly store your diesel for an extended period of time:
Finding the right space – if you are lucky enough to have a garage, this is obviously ideal for vehicle storage. If this is not an option for you, check out some local rental spaces and make sure they include a concrete pad, an electrical outlet, and easy access. The larger units at self-storage places are typically the best.
Replace All Fluids Before Storage – Older fluids can thicken if let sitting for too long, make sure to replace all of them before storage. This includes: coolant, engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield wiper fluid.
Prep Your Fuel Tank – Top off your fuel tank before you store your vehicle. A full tank prevents rust from developing in the fuel system and will push water out of the fuel lines. Make sure to add a fuel system stabilizer to your tank to help preserve the fuel as it sits.
Clean Your Vehicle – You will want to give your truck a deep cleaning, both inside and out before storage. This will protect your truck from possible mold and mildew that might occur during storage.
Saving The Suspension – If you have the option to place your vehicle on jack stands for the duration of storage, your suspension will thank you. Leaving the vehicle parked normally will put unwanted stress on the suspension and cause the tires to wear unevenly.
Don’t Set the Parking Brake – prolonged use of the parking brake can cause it fuse in place. Also, be sure your truck is in neutral for the duration of the storage.
Cover All Holes – Place some steel wool in the exhaust pipe and in any other point of access to the internals of your vehicle. This will prevent rodents and any other unwanted guests from occupying your diesel.
Disconnect the Battery – It’s a good idea to disconnect the battery and removing it from the engine compartment while the vehicle isn’t being used. There’s no reason to waste any energy. If you have access to a trickle charger, it’s always helpful to leave it connected to the battery anytime it isn’t being used for long periods of time.
We hope these few tips can help your diesel make it through the cold months ahead. If you need assistance with winterizing your diesel engine, feel free to give send us a message or give us a call at 540-587-3796 to setup your next appointment..