During the harsh winter months, many classic car owners store their vehicles until spring returns. However, simply putting your car into storage is not enough to keep it safe. If you want to care for your car this season, then try out these winter storage maintenance tips for your classic car.
Before putting your car into winter storage, you should carefully clean, dry, and wax it. While you are cleaning your car, look for signs of damage. If you notice any issues, then have them repaired by a professional, so your car is in tip-top condition when it comes out of storage. Before leaving your car, make sure to cover it with a sturdy, waterproof tarp as an added layer of protection against winter weather.
If you haven’t already changed your oil, you should do so immediately. When your classic car has fresh oil in its tank, you can ensure that dirty, corroded oil doesn’t damage your engine while in storage. When replacing your oil, make sure you choose one that will remain stable until your car comes out of storage. Synthetic oils are typically your best bet as they remain stable for about a year.
If you still have fuel in your car, then add stabilizer to your fuel tank. You may also want to run your car after adding the stabilizer to ensure that it gets into your car’s carburetor and injector. The stabilizer will ensure that leftover fuel doesn’t start corroding your car’s engine as it sits in storage.
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