A Checklist for Storing a Car for the Winter

A car is meant to be driven. However, there are sometimes reasons that a car needs to be taken off of the road and stored for the winter months. Sometimes the car owner lives in a warmer climate during the winter or maybe the car is too fancy to subject to the cold winter elements. Whatever the reason, there are certain precautions that should be taken when storing a vehicle to minimize the effect it can have. Follow these steps when storing a car for the winter months:

Cover It
Preferably, store the car inside a garage while it isn’t being used during the winter. If possible, the car should be kept away from rain, snow, wind, sun, and other elements. If the winter is bad and there is lots of snow, it can quickly pile up on the car, which isn’t good for it. Even if it’s in a garage it’s still worthwhile to invest in a car cover to protect the car from dust. If a garage isn’t available, at least cover it with a car cover.

Protect the Tires
If a car is sitting idle for long periods of time it can really take a toll on the tires. If they aren’t moving and are left in the same position for months it can potentially cause damage or ruin the tires. Remove the tires and store the car on jack stands. If that’s not possible, park the car on wooden boards which are better for the tires to sit on for months than the cold cement floor of a garage. In addition, let some air out of the tires to reduce the strain on them.

Take Care of the Liquids
As liquids sit idle in a car over time it can prevent damage. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank, fully drain the cooling system, and change the oil before leaving a car for an extended period of time.

Keep Animals Out
Animals and other small critters seek shelter during the cold winter months and an unused vehicle is a prime place to hide out. To keep animals out of the car put mothballs inside the vehicle and cover the tailpipe.

Lock It Up

This seems obvious, but is worth mentioning. When storing a car the car and the garage should be locked. A car that isn’t being watched over is more likely to be stolen so it’s important to be as cautious as possible.

Parting out 2003 Acura TL – Stock # 120023



This is a 2003 Acura TL for parts. This is stock # 120023. This TL parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Acura cars annually and sell the parts online. Every TL part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Acura TL Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Acura TL part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Acura part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2003 Acura TL!

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Parting out 1999 Infiniti G20 – Stock # 120012



This is a 1999 Infiniti G20 for parts. This is stock # 120012. This G20 parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Infiniti cars annually and sell the parts online. Every G20 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Infiniti G20 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Infiniti G20 part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Infiniti part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 1999 Infiniti G20!

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Parting out 1994 BMW 530I – Stock # 120019



This is a 1994 BMW 530I for parts. This is 530I # 120019. This 530I parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of BMW cars annually and sell the parts online. Every 530I part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on BMW 530I Parts. Finding a replacement OEM BMW 530I part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM BMW part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 1994 BMW 530I!

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Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Tires

The quality of your tires is very important. As tires begin to age the tread on them wears down meaning that they are less effective and a lot less safe. Tires aren’t meant to last forever. Once the tread starts to wear on the tire it loses performance ability and tire failure can lead to serious accidents and even death. Don’t ignore the warning signs and take the time to check your tires on a regular basis. Here are a few ways to know that it’s time to replace your tires:

Failed Penny Test
Put a penny upside down in the center of the tread of the tire. As long as you can’t see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tire is still OK to use. If you can see Lincoln’s head, it means that the tread is too worn and the tire should be replaced.

Failed Tire Tread Gauge Test
The penny test has been criticized for not being 100% accurate. If you are looking for more accurate results, purchase a tire tread gauge at an auto store for a few dollars and test that way.

Tread Wear Indicator is Visible
The tread wear indicator is located inside the groove of the tread. It should be located below the groove. If it is even, or almost even, with the tread around it, it means that the tire is no longer safe to use.

Follow Owner’s Manual
Every car is different so use your owner’s manual as a reference. Typically, 6 years is the shelf life of a quality tire. This can vary depending on the driving style of the car owner, but 10 years should be the absolute maximum for using the same tires. The age of a tire starts when it was manufactured, not when it was first used because they can deteriorate even while just sitting in a store.

Use Common Sense
Sometimes just looking at a tire can let you know that there is a problem. Keep an eye out for any deep cracks or bubbles and take a look at the wear. If it’s uneven on the front it could mean that there is an alignment issue. If the tire doesn’t stay properly inflated and loses air quickly or doesn’t maintain correct tire pressure, there is obviously a problem.

If the tread of a tire is down to 1/16 of an inch it’s time to replace the tires. In fact, in some states it’s a legal requirement that tires have proper tread above 1/16 of an inch. Another thing to keep in mind is your environment. Tires can age faster in warmer climates.

Parting out 1992 Mercedes 400E – Stock # 120017



This is a 1992 Mercedes 400E for parts. This is stock # 120017. This 400E parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Mercedes cars annually and sell the parts online. Every 400E part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Mercedes 400E Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Mercedes 400E part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Mercedes part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 1992 Mercedes 400E!

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Parting out 1998 BMW 528I – Stock # 120020



This is a 1998 BMW 528I for parts. This is stock # 120020. This 528I parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of BMW cars annually and sell the parts online. Every 528I part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on BMW 528I Parts. Finding a replacement OEM BMW 528I part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM BMW part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 1998 BMW 528I!

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Parting out 1998 Honda Accord – Stock # 120018



This is a 1998 Honda Accord for parts. This is stock # 120018. This Accord parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Honda cars annually and sell the parts online. Every Accord part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Honda Accord Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Honda Accord part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Honda part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 1998 Honda Accord!

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