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Storing a Car for Winter

car store photocar store photocar store photoHere at EeziSpace we are asked to store vehicles, from time to time. From long overseas trips to sentimental collectables, whatever the reason is, it is a great idea to prep your car before it goes into storage.

 

Preparing your vehicle for storage is certainly not complicated. It does require some attention to detail and a faithfulness to common practices. First, you should decide where the vehicle will be stored, indoors or outdoors. Indoors is the preferred method and will go a long way in safeguarding the vehicle, though outdoor storage can work well too.

 

The trick to proper storage is prep work. We’ll discuss cleaning, battery storage, engine bay prep, rust prevention, keeping the critters out, tires, car covers, and vehicle wake-up.

 

Cleaning

 

First you should wash and polish the car thoroughly. Ensure you remove all dirt from the chassis and wheel wells because dirt can hold humidity. Thoroughly clean your inside and boot. Use a powerful vacuum with attachments to remove food, long lost sweeties, and dirt from all the nooks and crannies. Allow the vehicle to air-dry thoroughly.

 

Battery Storage

 

You need to disconnect your battery cables starting with the ground cable (usually the black one). Thoroughly clean the battery, both on the top and sides. Place the battery on a block of wood or on top of a thick piece of polystyrene. Connect a batter-keeper or float charger to the battery to maintain its charge during storage. Place it where it will be out of the way. Don’t create a trip hazard.

 

Engine Bay Prep

 

Remove each spark plug and spray some oil into each cylinder. You can use regular oil with a spray-type squirt can. Turn the crankshaft pulley using a wrench or ratchet-socket combination a few times to circulate the oil that was sprayed into each cylinder. This process will keep moisture out of the cylinders. Reinstall your spark plugs and reconnect the spark plug wires.

 

Since brake fluid absorbs moisture, replace your brake fluid if it is more than 2 years old. If you don’t, it could wear away the insides of your brake lines. Also, check the condition of your engine coolant. You can check it with a hydrometer. If the freeze point is not correct, change the coolant.

 

Rust Protection

 

Some of the key things that you can do to extend the life of your vehicle’s body is rust prevention. Rust has been referred to as automotive cancer. It will gnaw at your investment. You need to keep moisture away. To keep moisture away from your chassis, you should create a moisture or vapor barrier. A moisture barrier is recommended whether you’re storing the vehicle indoors or outdoors.

 

If storing indoors place heavy duty plastic sheeting on top of the cement. Place strips of plywood measuring 1 1/2 ft wide on top of the plastic and drive the vehicle up on them length-wise as if you were making a driving path. If storing outdoors, use full sheets of plywood placed on top of heavy duty plastic sheeting.

 

Also, lubricate your bonnet latch, boot latch, and all door hinges to keep moisture away.

 

Keeping the Critters Out

 

It is important to ward off the efforts of rodents and other pests that may up residence inside your ride. They love to create nests inside “cozy” areas. They also love to chew on spark plug wires as well as other wires.

 

Place mothballs underneath the vehicle. Put more mothballs inside the passenger cabin by placing them on sheets of aluminum foil. Stuff heavy rags inside your tailpipe, engine air intake, and fresh air intake located at the bottom of the windshield. You may need to use aluminum foil if you have rodents in your area that would love to use your rags as nesting material.

 

Tyres

 

If the vehicle will be stored for more than six months, you need address tire flat-spots. Just place the vehicle on jack stands that are in the lowest position. Just enough to raise the tyres off the floor. If storing outdoors, use plywood squares under the jack stands to prevent sinking.

 

Car Covers

 

When it comes to covers, you have lots of choices. Spend as much as you can afford because you’ll find that the higher the price, the better the protection and quality of the fit. Use a cover that is designed to fit your vehicle snuggly. This will help keep the elements out. If you live in a particularly sunny area, make sure your cover provides UV protection.

 

Vehicle Wake-Up

 

After a long storage you need to do a few things to get your ride ready to drive again. Remove the cover and remove the rags that were stuffed into various places. Remove all the mothballs from underneath the vehicle and inside the passenger cabin. Refit and re-install your battery. Sand off most of the rust that has accumulated on your brake rotors with some 100-120 grit sand paper using a rubber sanding block. Change your engine oil and filter. That’s it!

 

Properly preparing your vehicle for winter storage or just long-term storage will help preserve your investment and ensure many years of driving enjoyment. It will also allow you to get back behind the wheel sooner after a bit of winter cabin fever!

Random tip: Moving is crazy – have a list!

Our webmaster (that’s me) just moved and it is always so baffling how stressful moving is. I’ve decided that you absolutely need to know this: Have a list!

Creating a numbered list of everything you are moving assures that you do not forget to take anything, and it’s a terrific way to plan what things goes together instead of just dumping several things as you can into one box.  This can also make unpacking less complicated. You can easily check the items that you wanted to pack off your list to find out if they came.

Number or label your boxes to make sure you know what’s what when it’s time to throw open the boxes. If you’re moving in stages, like when you have to take temporary residence and place some items in storage…  you might also want to put unique or numbered labels on the boxes. This may seem extremely time consuming, but packing correctly will be worth every effort once you’re in your new home.

I moved two weeks ago and used a company called Girls on the Move. They’re a majority female moving company and they even have a checklist you can request! If they’re packing for you, you don’t need a list. Just get out of the way and let them do it. 

From moving big furniture pieces to wrapping delicate items, the trained professionals at Girls On The Move handle everything with care and safety.  Moving is one of the most vulnerable moments in a person’s life, and therefore you need to be able trust the people you hire for packing and moving your stuff.  Most of the movers and packers handle materials roughly and haphazardly. But Girls On The Move provide an extra soft and feminine touch to handle your belongings with respect and safety.

Have you moved recently? What tips do you have?

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10 Ways To Recognize If Your Moving Company Is Right For You

Remember the following: moving companies need to have a superb performance history, a considerable network, as well as be accredited as well as guaranteed. Additionally, they should be expert, courteous, comprehend your demands as well as extend the suitable suggestions.

If you take care of to locate the suitable moving company after that half the fight is won. Amongst the best obstacles of relocating from one city to an additional, to the countryside, or abroad is discovering a reliable and also sincere moving company.moving box

Below are a couple of variables to think about to place you on the ideal track:

1. Accomplish the moving company as well as discover the size of time they have actually stayed in business and also whether they could give you a couple of recommendations.

2. Check the recommendations. Call their customers to analyze the solutions the moving company provided and also whether there were any kind of concerns.

3. Do an on-line search to recognize whether there are any type of warns or complaints versus the moving company.

4. Seek advice from the local chamber of business or financial institution to determine the relocating company’s solution standing.

5. Evaluate if the moving company’s permit and also insurance policy are existing. Assurance they have worker’s negotiation as well as various other benefits in position.

6. Determine whether the moving company manages the job himself or selects it to a below rep or affiliate.

7. The moving company has to have a wide connect with work environments in the location you are moving to.

8. A decent moving company will certainly belong to AMSA, the American Relocating and also Storage Space Organization. As a specialist he will certainly have dedicated to complying with a market Guideline and also will certainly utilize high quality solution.

9. The perfect moving company will certainly not provide you a quote off the top of his head. He will strongly urge making an initial analysis, listing obstacle be relocated, as well as ask you to address a variety of concerns. Accordinged to which he will certainly prepare a quote as well as emphasize variables.

10. He will certainly be open minded as well as discuss simply just what you could expect as well as just what you could not. He will certainly notify you everything about insurance coverage, the real relocating procedure, transportation storage space, guarantees and so forth.

The best moving company will certainly value your organisation and also explain his duties simply.

When you understand you should relocate designate ample time to locating the ideal moving company. Ask proper problems like will certainly my things reach its area as guaranteed, will certainly the worldly action as one tons or as component of various other points, a larger tons. What sort of training do your employees obtain? Are the workers experienced in packaging vintages as well as various other valued belongings? Do I need added insurance policy protection in addition to the one supplied by you?

Be sensible and also evaluate the advantages as well as disadvantages meticulously. Never ever allow expense establish your option. Occasionally by reducing edges to conserve a number of dimes you might loose thousands in harmed items or shed items.