How to Prepare Your Acura ILX for Long-Term Storage
Planning to leave your Acura ILX in long-term storage? Whether you are planning to park it in the garage because of the long winter or because you are traveling overseas for months, leaving your ILX in long-term storage takes a lot of time and preparation. In fact, it would be more advisable to leave your vehicle with someone you can trust and ask him to use it at least once a week. If this is not an option, then you would have to ensure that you perform the following steps properly to be able to maintain your Acura ILX's high performance and resale value.
- Find a suitable enclosed space for your vehicle.
This is very important, especially if your reason for long-term storage is to let the ILX rest for winter. Make sure the storage area has low humidity and moisture. If you are to store it in a shop with a dirt floor, place down plastic sheets. Store the vehicle away from windows and cover the car if necessary.
Just like you, your car needs to have its complete set of nutrients, which comes in the form of fluids, before hibernating in the next few months. Filling up the tanks with fresh fluid prevents internal damage to the engine and minimizes airspace, which leads to rust and moisture. Take out the spark plugs and line the cylinder housings with oil and change the oil and oil filter as well.
As mentioned earlier, it would be best to have someone take the car out for a spin for at least 15 minutes every two weeks. If this is not possible, you can either disconnect the negative battery cable to preserve the battery (although you might lose all the stereo presets, time, and other settings); or purchase a battery tender or trickle charger, hook it up to your car battery, and plug it into a wall outlet to prevent your battery from discharging.
- Don't use the parking brake.
While it is a general rule to use the parking brake when the vehicle is parked, you shouldn't do this for long-term storage because once the pads are in contact with the rotors for too long, there's a chance that they might fuse. Use a chock to prevent the car from moving, or as mentioned in the next bullet, remove the tires.
Take the tires and wheels off and raise the car via jack stands at all corners. This is an important step especially during the winter—it protects your tires and helps you avoid the cost of getting new wheels once they develop flat spots, which occurs faster in colder temperatures.
- Close off all possible vehicle entrance points for critters.
You wouldn't want to come home and find that your beloved Acura ILX has become a home for squirrels, rats, and mice. Cover any gaps where they could enter such as the exhaust pipe or the air intake using steel wool. Dip cotton swabs in peppermint oil or get mothballs then spread them around the vehicle to drive them away.