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The Truth About Storing Your Car In A Garage During Winter

Published on January 10th, 2017

As a company that performs garage door repairs in Arlington Heights IL, we have heard and seen just about everything when it comes to garage door repairs, beliefs, and DIY attempts. The most common misunderstanding we have heard recently is that storing your vehicle in a garage during winter is poor for the health of the engine. Learn why this is a myth.

Does a car live longer if parked outside of a garage?

At the very least, a garage will protect your vehicle’s exterior. When your car is parked inside of a garage it is protected from acidic pigeon droppings and harsh Chicago winter weather. When your car spends every night under a roof, the exterior of your car will look good for about twice as long.

Is a heated garage bad for a car?

Often times, people believe that a heated garage is even worse for their car. In contrast, a heated garage is actually even better for your car. There is, however, one downside. When your car is covered with snow or salt, storing it in a warm garage every night can slightly speed up the process of rust. For example, you are driving around Arlington Heights all day through snow and slush. You get home at night and pull your car into the heated garage. The ice and snow melts, leaving you with salt and warm air. Salt and warm air are perfect ingredients for oxidation – rust. On the other hand, when it is snowy and freezing outside having a heated garage can be such a time saver in the morning. Who wants to spend 20 minutes dusty snow off their car and warming it up?

Additionally, there are mechanical advantages to parking your car in a heated garage overnight. Because oil remains warmer and less viscous, it will do a better job lubricated the engine of your car. This will help to prevent long-term damage to the engine of your car.

Garage Door Repair Arlington Heights, IL

We are your garage door repair Arlington Heights, IL company. In order to make sure that your car is getting the most out of your garage, it is important that it is in great shape. When problems occur contact our team of professionals at (773) 358-1110. We are available 24 hours for emergency garage door repairs in Arlington Heights, IL.

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