Steps to Take to Store Your Lifted Truck for a Long Period
If you won’t be taking your rig out for a long period and you need to place it into storage there are several steps you should take to ensure your truck won’t suffer any issues while its not in use. If you just leave your truck sitting out on the street any number of issues could occur, such as a dead engine, body damage, destroyed tires, a dead battery, or a damaged engine.
Cover Your Truck
In an ideal world you’d be able to store your lifted truck in an enclosed space, such as a garage or a storage unit. Being stored inside will help protect your truck from the elements, many issues with critters and keeps it at a mostly stable temperature. If storing your truck in a garage or storage unit isn’t an option, purchase a weatherproof truck cover that will help keep your truck clean and dry.
Clean it Before Storing it
We recently saw how leaving ash on a car for a long period of time can destroy the finish and even paint, so carefully cleaning your entire truck is a smart move. Simple common things like water stains and bird droppings will damage the paint over time as well. As you’re cleaning your lifted truck make sure to get the wheels and undersides of fenders as well, really anywhere mud and dirt could collect. To be extra safe, put a new coat of wax on the truck too.
Get an Oil Change
When storing your rig for more than a month, you’ll want to get an oil change before it goes into storage.
Fill the Gas
Also for when storing a truck for more than a month, fill up your gas tank. A full gas tank will help stop moisture from collecting inside the fuel tank and help stop your seals from drying out. Also, consider purchasing a fuel stabilizer when storing your rig for an extended period of time.
Watch the Battery
If left to its own devices, a battery will slowly lose its charge so in an ideal storage situation you would take your rig out every couple weeks for a short drive to keep the battery charged. If that is not an option you could either disconnect the negative battery cable or purchase a trickle charger which plugs into the wall.
Don’t Engage the Emergency Brake
If brake pads are left touching the rotors for too long there is a chance they will fuse with the rotors, so don’t leave the emergency brake (parking brakes) engaged. Instead, get a chock to stop the truck from moving.
Check Your Tires
Check your tires’ air pressure before you stow your rig for an extended period of time. If your car is stored for too long there is a risk the tires could develop flat spots. Most the time driving the truck for a short period will get rid of any flat spots, but it’s a very bad flat spot then it could become permanent and need to be replaced.
If you plan to store your truck for more than 30 days, you may want to consider removing the wheels all together and placing the truck on jack stands.
Keep Creatures Away
Oftentimes storage areas are also attractive places for rodents to call home. Rodents can do massive damage to lifted trucks by making homes inside or chewing parts. To lessen the risk of a rodent calling your truck home, cover any gaps, holes, or other openings you can. You can also place mothballs and cotton swabs dipped in peppermint oil around your truck to drive rodents like mice off.
Make sure to keep insurance on your truck while you are storing it. Check with your insurance agent about switching to insurance geared towards vehicles in storage to see if that will save you any money.
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