5 Tips to Protect Your Vehicle off the Track

Mechanic working on engine up close

Meridian, Idaho is home to one of the most successful short-track venues in the country. Established in 1951, the Meridian Speedway is a huge influence on the surrounding community and cities. If you’ve ever raced there, you know how exhilarating it can be. But things don’t just stop when you’re off the track. Central Self Storage is sharing these five tips on how to keep your racing vehicle safe off the track, so you’ll enjoy racing at the Speedway for years to come.

Find your self storage match

  • The first order of business is to find a storage facility that will give has a designated area for you to store your vehicle. Our Meridian, Idaho facility features covered outdoor parking that gives protection to your car from unruly weather conditions. Not only will your vehicle be in better shape than just sitting in the sun, but you’ll be able to visit the facility when it’s time for detailing and repairs.

Make a timeline

  • Once your season has come to close, map out a timeline of the work you want to do on your car. Start by figuring out when you want to have your car out on the track again, then pace yourself through the off-season. Work through your car part by part so you don’t cut anything short and you’re able to be thorough. Being proactive during the off-season will bring your car to its full potential when it’s go-time again.

Keep it clean

  • Before you move your car into parking storage, give it a good clean. It’s important not to miss the nooks and crannies because it’ll make your job a little easier when you need to examine the smaller parts of your vehicle. Once you’re done spraying everything down, finish it with a quality wax that will protect the exterior from any surface damage. It’s important to make sure your car is clean when you’re covering it. Find a tightly secured breathable fabric that is both waterproof and won’t blow off in the wind. You’re looking for protection and a way to keep moisture out.

Moisture is your biggest enemy

  • The biggest risk you run when storing your car is moisture; this can result in rust and corrosion, and cause problems in the future. There are a few things you’ll want to add to your checklist, starting with draining water out of the radiator and block. Also drain gas from your tank, fuel lines and fuel pumps. Next, remove spark plugs and spray oil in all the cylinders; this will prevent corrosion to your engine.

Create a mini checklist

  • There are many small things that you’ll want to take care of. The best way to tackle these tasks is to create a small list and tape it to the seat or steering wheel of your car so you don’t forget what you’ve done. It’s a good idea to put a rag in the exhaust pipe in order to prevent anything from entering your racecar, but you’ll want to remember that you did that before starting it up later. Also if your car has windshield wipers, be sure to place a rag under the blades to prevent them from sticking to your car. Brakes have the tendency to stick, so avoid leaving your handbrake engaged. Instead, opt to keep your car in gear and chock your wheels.

There are many things to take care of off season in order to protect your racing vehicle from being damaged. No matter what you do though, start with finding a facility where your car can be safely placed in parking storage. Always start with Central Self Storage and get your car back out on the Meridian Speedway doing what it was made to do – win.