For those classic car owners who live in more dramatic climates, like the North East as opposed to South Florida, it’s time to put their cars to sleep for the winter. We’ve put together some steps to help you do it right.
First, top off your levels. Fill your gas tank and add a fuel preservative. The full tank keeps out moisture and the preservative keeps the gas from breaking down. Take one last drive to circulate the preservative. Make sure your antifreeze is fresh and topped off. Most of all to avoid any nasty sludge in the spring, change the oil.
You also need to take preventative measures. Give your car a good wash and wax to protect the paint. You should also protect the chrome with wax or paint sealant. Don’t forget to over-inflate the tires to avoid flat spotting, or jack up the car to take pressure off the tires.
Let’s not forget the battery. It would be a good idea to put a battery manager on your car and to prevent rodents nesting in the engine compartment, try a rodent repellent under the hood. Just remember to remove it before starting up.
Moisture can be an issue so put down a few moisture pads on the upholstery to absorb moisture and prevent mildew. Also, cover the car with a breathable car cover to prevent corrosion and rust.
Finally, re-circulate your oil. When a car sits, oil settles into the pan, leaving the engine without lubrication. Disconnect the coil wire and crank the engine over several times. Reconnect the coil wire and you should be good to go.