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Store A Car Long Term



Change the oil and filter.

If you are going to store a car for a long period of time, more than a year, it is important to use an oil without additives.


Use a cover if you store your car outdoors.

A cover protects your car from wear and tear outdoors. San Diego weather is mild but it is still important to protect your car from the elements.


Fill the fuel tank with fresh, premium fuel.

When you store a car it is best to fill your gas tank completely in order to avoid any empty space where water can build up. It might also be helpful to add a gasoline stabilizer so that the gas does not become “gummy” over time.


Be sure tires are inflated to the appropriate pressure.

Low tire pressure can cause damage to the rims, if you plan to store a car for more than 12 months blocking the tires is also appropriate.


Disconnect Battery when you store your car long term.

This will keep the battery from dying and going bad while not in use.


Make sure all your fluids are filled and fresh.

This will ensure that your engine has as little wear and tear as possible while not in use. At AAAA we check your cars fluids before each start.


Wax the car before leaving.

This provides extra protection for your cars paint against the elements.


Add a fuel stabilizer.

This will protect your cars gasoline from becoming “gummy” over time.


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