Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Jeffrey asks: This summer there’s a possibility that I will be away from home for a couple of months. Home is very hot and my 2000 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Toyota Corolla will be in our garage – which will get significantly hotter than the 114+ temperatures outside. How should I go about preparing the vehicles for this high-heat storage? Thank you!
My reply: I deal with this myself, so I’ll tell you exactly what I do!
First, wash the cars . Leaving them dirty for a long time to bake in the heat can bake in stains in the paint.
Wax ’em – to make it easier to clean off the dust which will inevitably accumulate. Wipe down rubber/plastic surfaces with a suitable protectant(not just the stuff that makes plastic/rubber shiny; you want heat/UV protection).
Crack all the windows at least a few inches – to allow air to circulate. Consider getting a stand-up/circulating fan that you can leave in the garage to keep the air circulating. If the garage has windows, get blinds – and close them, so that the sun doesn’t beat on the cars.
A good car cover helps with that, too.
Air up the tires.
Connect the battery to a maintenance charger or disconnect the battery.
I’d also consider changing the oil/filter before you leave – so that the engine will be left not-running with a coating of fresh oil on the internals.
This should cover you for 2-3 months. If you have to leave the cars for longer, it gets more involved!
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