The winter months can wreak havoc on your classic car. However, damage can easily be prevented by properly winterizing your car. With the following classic car storage tips, you can protect your vehicle as the weather turns colder. This extra planning and preparation prior to storing your car will be worth it when spring arrives.
1. Clean and Wax the Exterior
Before tucking in your classic car for the winter, make sure it is thoroughly cleaned. Any moisture and dirt that has collected on the surface of your car can lead to rust, which is one of last things you want to happen. Scrub the bugs off, touch up any nicks or scratches, and then apply a coat of wax to the painted and chrome parts.
2. Completely Detail the Interior
Cleaning the interior is a critical step in winterizing your car. Begin by removing everything that shouldn’t be in your vehicle for an extended period of time. Make sure to vacuum the carpets and upholstery, and consider shampooing these surfaces too. Also, protect any vinyl and rubber surfaces with special cleaners to prevent them from cracking in cooler temperatures.
3. Maintain the Engine
While winterizing your car, make sure it is stored with clean, fresh oil. The contaminants in old oil will settle while the vehicle is not in use and cause pitting in bearings and other critical components. In addition, adding a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank will prevent varnish build up that will rust and corrode your classic car’s fuel system. After adding the stabilizer, run the engine for several minutes to ensure the stabilized fuel has run through the entire system.
Properly winterizing your car is one of the best things you can do for your vehicle. By following these classic car storage tips, starting up your car next spring will be a breeze.
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