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Turn off the engine and roll up the windows. You are one of the many people that for whatever reason, needs to leave behind the car, or for that matter, needs to put it into long term storage. You aren’t prepared to sell the car, being that you will use it in the future. But on the other hand, you wont be using it so therefore need to take the proper precautions to keep your car safe and healthy. Preparing a vehicle for an extended hibernation might save you thousands of dollars in the long run. A couple of tips for the long term:

Battery- Take the battery out and clean all of the connections.

Oil- Change the oil and oil filter. Old oil has byproducts and acids that cause damage to your engine.

Car Cover-  Cover your car with a quality car tarp or cover from an auto parts store.

Fluids- One of the best ways of preventing the interior destruction of the engine is by making sure all of the fluids are fresh and full.

Fuel Stabilizer-Purchase a fuel stabilizer to prevent gasoline breakdown and keep the tank full to keep out extra airspace. Airspace can lead to moisture and rust and fuel breakdown causes damage to the engine and fuel lines.

Spark Plugs- Take out the spark plugs and line the cylinder housings with oil to prevent corrosion.

Raise It Up- Jack up the vehicle on a jack stand and add about 10 pounds of pressure to each tire to prevent flat spots.

Wash and Wax- A good washing and waxing prior to storage will add extra durability to the paint job. Wash and wax the outside of your vehicle. Pay special attention to the under carriage. Make sure there’s no dirt, mud, snow, ice or salt from the roads on the frame, or in the wheel wells. To properly store your vehicle, clean out the inside as well. Remove personal items and sweep out food scraps so they can’t turn moldy and rancid or attract unwanted rodents and bugs.

Wipers- Take the wipers off so they do not become permanently attached to the windshield.