Mercedes Benz 190: Preparing Your Car for Storage
If you have more than a few vehicles in your collection, you should know how to prep them up for storage. If you'll be away for a while or you'll be using another vehicle for the meantime, you can't just let your other car sit in the garage and just come back for them any time. If you want your Mercedes Benz 190 to run as well as it used before you had it stored for an extended period, there are some things you must do. Here are some of them:
- Make sure it's clean and covered.
Ideally, the vehicle should be stored in a garage. This will keep it safe from extreme temperatures and protect it from dirt and other elements on the road. If you don't have a garage, then at least make sure that you have a weatherproof car cover to limit the car's exposure to harmful UV rays and other elements such as dirt, mud, bird droppings, tree sap, and dust. Before you have it stored, give it a thorough wash, especially if this will be stored for months. You wouldn't want dirt, mud, and grease to be stuck on the car and for stains, tar, and droppings to ruin the paint over time. As you clean the car, see to it that every nook and cranny is cleaned, including the wheel wells and fenders. The vehicle should be cleaned inside and out, so don't forget to vacuum the carpet. For increased protection, it'll be best to coat it with wax.
- Change the car's motor oil and fill up the gas tank.
If the car will be in storage for more than two weeks or even months, change the engine lubricant. Used oil may contain some contaminants in it; over time, this may damage the engine, especially if the vehicle is idle for a while. To prevent moisture buildup inside the gas tank, it'll also help if you'll top up the tank. This will have a good effect on the seals as well, as this will keep them from dying out. For extended storage, you may use a fuel stabilizer that will help protect the engine against rust, varnish, and other damaging elements.
- Keep things running on your car.
Even if you're away or the vehicle isn't used for a while, you must at least get it fired up from time to time and drive it for about 15 minutes. Doing this every two weeks would be great. This will keep the car battery from discharging. Starting the car and letting it run for a while helps keep parts properly lubricated. Aside from firing up the engine and keeping the battery charged, you should also turn on the air-con from time to time to keep the cooling system in good working condition. If the car will be in storage for a while and no one can look after it, one thing you can do is to have the negative battery cable disconnected. You may also use a battery tender. This will prevent the car battery from losing its charge.