Most motorists can be divided into three distinct groups. These are those drivers who operate cars year-round and on a daily basis, motorists who move by vehicle several times a week, and those people who prefer to use a car in summer and store it in an unheated garage in winter. It is the latter category that is of most interest in this case. I would like to talk more about this negative, according to experts, procedure.
In general, leaving the vehicle for the winter in a cold, unheated garage is not the best prospect. At least later, you will have to face a number of problems and negative factors. Of course, in this situation will not do without financial costs. For example, when the vehicle hibernates for a long time without visiting the owner, the regular battery gradually goes into deep discharge and “dies”. To prevent this, it is necessary to charge it and start the engine at least several times throughout the winter.
Such wintering is also very negatively reflected in the power unit, namely in engine oil. Prolonged downtime contributes to precipitation and loss of lubricant properties. If the car is left to winter for a long period of time, then care must be taken to immediately replace the engine oil and related consumables, including the oil filter. This is the only way to protect the power unit from unforeseen loads and premature failure due to breakdown.
When a car hibernates in a cold garage, negative aspects also affect the fuel system. Condensation begins to form on the walls of the tank, and the fuel itself precipitates. All this subsequently affects the operation of the internal combustion engine. In order to prevent this, the car is left with a large supply of fuel in the gas tank and, if possible, with the onset of warming, the fuel filter is changed before the start of operation of the car. You can also simply drain the fuel and fill it with fresh, not lost properties.
Of course, you should also not forget about rubber seals, spacers and other details. As a result of prolonged exposure to cold, they all narrow, receive mechanical damage and crack. As a result, after the second or third wintering in the garage, the car literally starts to rattle on the go. To avoid such a problem, it is recommended that all rubber elements be treated with silicone grease before putting the vehicle in a long parking lot. This will protect the details.