Tips For Winter Storage

  • Before laying up for the winter give the car a good wash (underside as well). Make sure the car is completely dry and polish with a good quality product. At the same time check the condition of the under seal and touch up if necessary. Clean and polish any chrome to protect this over the winter

  • Check where the car is going to be stored over the winter, make sure there is no dampness going to affect the car. If direct sunlight can enter the car then either put a blanket over the interior or better still put a purpose made car cover on the car which will let the car breathe.

  • If the car is to be laid up for over 4 months then it is a good idea to jack the car up in all 4 corners so that the tyres do not develop flat spots. If the car is to be used periodically then inflate the tyres 5-10 psi more than normal but remember to put the back to the correct levels and to check them regularly.

  • Check the concentration of anti freeze in the radiator; ideally it should be 50/50, good quality antifreezes will also work as a corrosion inhibitor in the cooling system.

  • Re-grease any grease points before laying up as this will give renewed corrosion protection.

  • Turning over the engine manually will stop things from seizing up but do not start the engine for short periods as this can cause condensation to build up within the engine that will not get burnt off unless the engine is run for quite a while. I start my car and run it at approx 1500 RMP (do not run at idle) this gets a good flow of oil and water round the engine and watch the temperature gauge, when the gauge is reading normal I continue to run the car, this makes sure that the thermostat has opens and water is flowing through the radiator. With the engine at normal operating temperature you should not get too many problems with condensation when you switch off.






  • Change your oil and oil filter, old dirty oil can cause damage to the engine if left in over the winter.

  • If you run your car periodically eventually you will flatten the battery as it will not charge enough in the short time the engine is running in order to replace the charge taken from it to start the car. A trickle charger will ensure that the battery is kept in good condition and that there is always plenty of energy to start the car.

  •  Check with your insurance company and tell them that the car will be laid up over the winter and you might save some money on your insurance policy.

  • Do not leave the fuel take nearly empty as this will cause corrosion to occur high up the take which is not covered and when you fill the tank again this is washed off and goes into the engine. Fill the tank to the top (also reduces the chance of the fuel going off). A fuel additive can also be added to preserve the fuel in the take and stop it from going of.

  • The best way however to look after your car over the winter is to drive it as much as possible.


Please note: these tips are applicable to short term storage only

 


 


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