Classic Car Storage Tips–Winterizing Your Classic Car

While you soak in these last few warm and sunny days, it might be hard to believe that the cold and snow is on its way.  But, it will be here before you know it, so it is time to think about storing your classic car.  It is best to put the work into your car now before your car goes into storage, so that after you survive the cold, dark days of winter, your car is ready to go on that first beautiful spring day.  Here are a few tips to get you started.

Routine Maintenance.  Before you begin winterizing, make sure you address any routine maintenance issues. It is easier to get them done now, so you don’t need to worry about them over the winter.  So get a tune-up or replace that taillight bulb before you store your vehicle.

Fill up the gas tank.  Fill the tank completely and add a fuel stabilizer to it. Once you do that, take the car around the block a few times so it can work through the system.  By filling the tank, it will also cut down on the amount of water that might condense in the gas tank.

Replace fluids.  Replace fluids such as coolant, brake and transmission fluids . And make sure when changing the oil, you replace the filter as well. This will protect your vehicle from corrosion.

Disconnect the battery.  Disconnect or remove the battery and store it in a cool, dry place. You can prevent the battery from dying by hooking it up to a charger while it is in storage. – If your car is in a safe place, and you disconnect your battery you can still use your T3 in a separate vehicle you just need our Cable Kit T.

Reduce tire pressure/Remove tires. Should you inflate, deflate or your tires?  Many car enthusiasts have varying opinions about what to do with the tires.  Here are two options: remove them or deflate them.  If you remove the tires,place the car on jack stands which will help to preserve shocks.  If you do this be sure to overinflate your tires slightly because they will lose pressure over the cold winter months.  If you don’t have jack stands, your other option is to reduce the pressure in the tires. This will alleviate strain on the suspension system.

Wash, Wax and Cover.  After washing and drying your vehicle, add another layer of protection by waxing it with a high quality wax.  Vacuum and shampoo interiors and be sure to use an interior wax inside to prevent drying and cracking of surfaces.  Store some mothballs inside the car, under the dash and in the tailpipe to discourage critters from making your car their home. Cover with a breathable car cover to prevent mold and allow dry to air circulate.

These are just a few tips to get you started to winterize your classic car. As you talk more to other classic car owners, you will get lots of tips and advice.  The most important thing is to follow a plan that works for you and your classic car. 

Tech Tip: If your vehicle has an emergency or a crash, the driver can turn off the key and sound the horn for at least 8 seconds and T3 will send a vehicle alarm to the owner (and authorized emergency contacts). This assumes you had the yellow wire connected to the vehicle horn during the installation and that your horn does sound with the key off.


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