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Caring for Your Vehicle During Deployment
Car Care

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Deploying with the military can be a stressful time, and ensuring your vehicle is properly taken care of while you're away should be one thing you don't have to worry about. Proper storage and maintenance during long deployments is crucial to making sure your car or truck is ready to go upon your return. Here are some tips on deployment car care:


  • Store your vehicle in a safe, covered area if possible. A garage, carport, or vehicle storage facility are all good options to protect it from the elements while you're away.
  • Wash and wax your vehicle before storage. This protects the paint and components under the hood from dust, dirt, and grime buildup over time.
  • Disconnect the battery or use a battery tender to maintain battery charge. Allowing the battery to completely drain over months of non-use can ruin it.
  • Fill up the gas tank and add fuel stabilizer to prevent gasoline from deteriorating.
  • Check and fill all fluid levels before storage, including motor oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.
  • Clean the interior and exterior, vacuum floors, and remove any trash or debris. Rodents and insects can damage upholstery or wiring if they get inside.
  • Inflate tires to proper PSI and either elevate the vehicle or move it periodically to prevent flat spots on the wheels.

Taking a little extra time before deployment to get your vehicle squared away will give you peace of mind while you're away serving our country. Your car or truck will be ready to roll the day you return.

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