If you have nice things, you probably want to keep them out of the elements. That’s never more true than in the winter time. Cold temperatures and moisture can wreak havoc on every type of hardware, tool or toy you call your own. But, what’s the best way for keeping your stuff safe?
Let’s look at your winter storage guide for all of your motor equipment and more.
Lawn Care Equipment
Lawn equipment is huge for your property’s overall health and aesthetic. Storing these items incorrectly, though, could put their long-term health on the line. Whether you’re storing your lawn mowers, weed eaters or leaf blowers, be sure to take a few easy steps:
1.) Remove the old fuel from the tank
2.) Drain the carburetor fuel bowl
3.) Disconnect the battery
4.) Change the oil before you pack it away for the winter.
And when the equipment is taken care of, be sure to store that equipment in a dry environment, like a Cook storage shed! Take a tour of our different shed styles.
Any motor should be drained and cleaned before being stored away for the Winter, but the checklist isn’t so cut and dry with bigger, more powerful toys. Remember to remove the old fuel from your carburetor fuel bowl, drain the fuel from your RV’s generator, pump antifreeze through your vehicle’s pipes and disconnect the batteries. But don’t just focus on your vehicle’s engine!
Clean out any extra traces of food from the inside of your vehicle to keep out little critters looking for a wintertime snack. And, please remember to drain the plumbing and storage tanks. You’ll thank yourself come springtime.
The storage rules for motors apply for classic cars, as well: change the oil, drain the fuel, remove and store your battery in a warm, dry place. Simple, right? Not so fast - because of your vehicle’s intrinsic value, there are a few more steps before you can retire your vehicle till Spring.
If you are going to refuel your car before Winter is over, add in the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer to fight back against rust as much as possible.
If you’re planning to keep your car stored - and thus, not being used - for the winter, lift your car up onto jacks and lower the pressure of each tire. This will help add longevity to your vehicle’s tires and suspension.
The most important part of storage is keeping everything safe, dry and warm - and that’s where Cook comes in. Learn more about how our sheds are built here!