If you’re the proud owner of a classic or luxury car, then you’re probably willing to do everything within your means to ensure that your baby stays safe from winter havoc.
It’s ok, we know how you feel. For most of us, our classic cars are more than just hobbies; they’re an extension of who we are. We pour our blood, sweat, and tears into these things every year, and we’re not about to throw all of that away.
Follow these tips to make sure that your classic car is stored properly during the winter:
1. Choose a Storage Location With A Concrete Floor
While some people may advocate the use of storage facilities, there is nothing wrong with keeping your car in your home garage. After all, If you have space, then by all means, use it.
A concrete surface is preferable because it keeps moisture away, but if you have a dirt floor, then don’t worry, you can make that work: just put a plastic barrier under the vehicle and place carpet pieces or plywood under the tires.
2. Change The Oil, Top Off Fluids & Add Fuel Stabilizer
Unless you just changed your engine oil, do yourself (and your car) a favor and make this a top priority. Give your car fresh oil and change the oil filter. Changing the oil will reduce the risk of harmful contaminants from getting into your engine, so don’t skip this step.
In addition, be sure to check your coolant levels. Even if it’s just “a little” below the mark, bring it up for good measure.
After adding coolant, fill your gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer like STA-BIL. A full tank means less room for air, which in turn means less moisture. Fuel stabilizers keep fuel fresh by removing water, which prevents corrosion.
3. Avoid Flat Tire Spots By Elevating Your Car With Jack Stands
Lower your tire pressure to 25 psi, and raise your classic car with jack stands. For added safety and security, place the jack itself in the middle of the two stands. This way, if the jack stands ever give out, you can rest easy knowing that the jack will be there to offer extra support.
4. Seal The Tailpipe & Exhaust Pipe To Keep Animals Out
Pests and critters are sneaky. If there’s an opening, they’ll find their way in, but they’re not so good at finding their way out. If an animal successfully lodges itself inside your exhaust pipe, it can cause some serious issues for you come springtime.
Avoid this headache by placing a ball of steel wool inside all pipe openings. As an added precaution, sprinkle moth balls around the outside perimeter of the car.
5. Disconnect The Battery & Keep It Charged
It’s not always necessary to disconnect your car’s battery during winterization, but doing so will allow you to keep it protected indoors. Remember that your battery will not stay charged all winter without your help. To ensure that it will be ready to go come springtime, keep it charged with a battery maintainer.
We wish your car good fortune in the winter to come. If your classic car ever needs a tune-up or a full restoration, you can contact us anytime!