As the days get shorter and the evenings become cooler there are not too many more months left to enjoy our toys. Soon, most of us will have to put them away until the warmer temperatures return.
To help you make sure your car comes out of hibernation in the best condition it can we put together a quick checklist of things you should probably be doing when that time comes. Read On.
- The first is a no brainer. You want to find a safe, secure and dry spot to store your car. Excess moisture can really take a toll when left unchecked for months.
- Wash your car. And be sure to clean top and underneath. Road debris and grime needs to be cleaned away so it does not create problems.
- Wax the car. Besides being a lot of fun, waxing will help maintain the shine and will protect and preserve the color of your paint during the winter months.
- Clean the upholstery. Get all those loose fries and pieces of paper the kids,or grandkids, hid away in the tiny crevices only little hands can reach. Cleaning and giving the car a thorough vacuum will keep those bugs and pesky critters from finding food and making your ride their cozy home.
- Stuff some steel wool up the exhaust pipe and scatter some dryer sheets around the interior and some moth balls around the perimeter of the vehicle to keep away pests and rodents.
- Check the oil and top off all fluids. And add a fuel stabilizer like K&W Chevy Stor-X® (Danchuk # 15932) or Amsoil Chevy Gasoline Stabilizer (Danchuk # 17379) to the gas tank to preserve the fuel and keep it from spoiling.
- Inflate the tires to the maximum PSI rating. This will prevent the tires from getting flat spots…or better yet…remove the tires and put the car on stands. Just be sure to support the car under the axle and front a-arms to prevent problems with your suspension.
- Think about either removing the battery or at least unhooking the cables and putting it on a trickle charger to keep the plates clean and your battery in good health.
- Leave it be. It is not necessary to start the car every so often, unless you are planning on taking it for a long drive. Which means you will have to go through the entire process we just discussed, again.
- And last…cover it to keep dust and dirt from getting on the surface. The car will come out of storage in the spring ready to cruise to the burger stand needing just a little TLC to get her ready.