Dodge Power Wagon: Helpful Tips Before a Long-Term Storage of Your Truck
Whether you need to go away for a vacation or temporarily relocating far away for a job, there are things you can do to store your Dodge Power Wagon so you don't have to sell it. If so, you will need to put your vehicle in storage to preserve it and keep if ready for when you are back. You can't just let it sit on the street or in a garage without taking necessary precautions if you don't want to return to a damaged engine or ruined tires. Below are some maintenance tips that you can do to preserve the life of your truck's engine and ensure that it will start without a problem when you return:
If you don't have a properly covered garage, you can always rent an accommodation at your nearest storage facility. Just make sure that the place is ideal for storing a vehicle—with relatively stable temperature and where your truck will be protected from the elements. If you can't afford either a garage or storage facility and have no choice but to leave your car outdoors, consider getting a weatherproof car cover. Make sure that the truck is properly covered to keep it clean and dry. Make sure to remove dings and dirt on the truck before putting it in storage or covering it up.
Another long-term storage tip to think about is filling the tank with gas; you should do this if you expect to store your Dodge Power Wagon for more than 30 days. This is a way to prevent moisture from accumulating inside the fuel tank and also keep the seals from drying out. You should also think about buying a fuel stabilizer to prevent ethanol buildup. This could also protect the engine from gum, varnish and rust. The stabilizer can prevent gas from deteriorating for up to 12 months.
Your truck's battery should be kept charged. If you can have someone to drive the car at least once every two weeks, that will help recharge the battery. If not, you can just disconnect the battery and store it in a place that will remain cool but not freeze. Make sure to clean the battery case and terminals using a solution that can neutralize battery acid and rust. Use a battery maintenance device to keep it fully charged. There are small battery chargers that plug into an outlet; it will come on and charge the battery when the voltage drops one volt. Either way, the important thing is that your battery should be kept charged to prevent sulfation and render the battery useless in a matter of months.
- Don't forget about the brakes.
You may not be using the brakes in your truck but they can get damaged even when just sitting in storage. If you are using a glycol-based brake fluid, you have to drain and replace it with a fresh fluid before putting your Wagon in storage. You see, glycol-based fluid has an incredible ability to absorb moisture out of the air and this could cause rusting on the brake shoes. You should also never use the parking brake when storing your vehicle. If the brake pads make contact with the rotors for a long period of time, there is a risk that the two components might fuse. If you want to make sure your truck will safely sit in storage, you can buy a tire stopper instead.