Winter is coming! Soon Christmas will be upon us and soon enough, even our cars will start freezing (quite literally). So what to do about your car restoration for winter? Winter temperatures fall below freezing in the United States and the majority of people deal with these low temperatures, snow mobiles and frozen oil tanks in winter. In case you encounter the same, you might have considered storing at least all the extra cars in the garage for winter, decided that only one car is worth your weekly restoration efforts.
Here are a few tips for you to follow that will ease your pain. If you do it right, all you have to do in spring is put your keys into the ignition and your car will fire right up.
Fill it up: Although it may come as a surprise, it’s smarter to store the car with filled tanks. Empty tanks will build up pressure from the residual vapor formation and the seals can also dry up, so fill up your gas tanks when you are preparing them for storage. Add fuel stabilizers while you are preparing them for winter, because the fuel will endure much harsh temperatures and stabilizers are a good way to ensure that gas stays usable and fresh.
Trickle charger; your battery will be dead in the winter and it may become completely useless if you leave it out in the cold for an entire season. Mechanics advise taking the entire battery out, but these modern cars are so internally connected, how will you restore the previous settings once the season is over? It is better to use a trickle charger; find one AC Delco trickle charger, run it on regular intervals and it will keep your battery up to the mark during winter hibernation.
Wheels: either remove the wheels entirely or overinflate them. If you have a radial set of tires, you should put 5-10 psi of extra air into them. And if you have old school AC Delco ply tires, you should take them out entirely, or else your tires will have flat spots by the end of winter.
Parking Brakes: Never keep your car for an entire season with emergency brakes engaged. They get strangled in the rotors and destroy your car’s braking performance. Use wheel chocks instead; place them behind each wheel and you are good to go for the whole season.
With these few tips, your garage should be ready to fight off your car’s winter blues.
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