How to Safely Dewinterize Your Vehicle in Self-Storage

Published on 3/3/2023

If you've stored your vehicle in a self-storage unit for the winter, it's important to take the necessary steps to properly dewinterize it before hitting the road again. From checking the battery to changing the oil, there are several important steps to take to ensure that your vehicle is safe, secure, and in great condition. Here are some tips for safely and easily dewinterizing your vehicle in self-storage.

Check the battery: One of the most important things to do when dewinterizing your vehicle is to check the battery. If the battery has been disconnected, you'll need to reconnect it and make sure it's fully charged before starting the engine. If the battery is dead, you may need to replace it. It's also a good idea to check the battery terminals and make sure they're clean and free of corrosion.

Change the oil: Another important step in dewinterizing your vehicle is to change the oil. If the vehicle has been sitting for several months, the oil may have settled and become sludgy, which can cause damage to the engine. It's a good idea to change the oil and oil filter before driving the vehicle again.

Check the tires: Check the tires for proper inflation and make sure they're in good condition. If the tires are flat or have any damage, they may need to be replaced before driving the vehicle again.

Inspect the brakes: Inspect the brakes to make sure they're in good working condition. If the brakes feel spongy or make any strange noises, they may need to be serviced or replaced.

Check all fluids: Check all the vehicle's fluids, including brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and windshield wiper fluid. If any of the fluids are low or need to be replaced, take care of them before hitting the road.

Test the lights: Test all the vehicle's lights, including headlights, taillights, and turn signals. If any of the lights are not working, replace the bulbs or have the wiring checked by a professional.

Dewinterizing your vehicle in self-storage doesn't have to be a difficult or stressful process. By following these tips and taking the necessary steps to properly maintain your vehicle, you can ensure that it's safe, secure, and in great condition for your next road trip. Call Red Hills Storage to learn about our affordable and secure vehicle storage options in St. George, UT and Washington, UT.