As a classic car owner, storing your classic car during winter is extremely important. AM Restorations can provide you with everything you need to know in the lead up to this. As your leading classic car specialists, we want to ensure that your pride and joy is cared for just as you are at this time of year.
Putting your car away during the winter months can be a difficult thing to do (who wouldn’t want to keep on driving that old classic?) We hope the following top tips will help you happily reunite with your classic in the lead up to spring.
Firstly, it’s always a good idea to get your car serviced and have the fluid levels checked before your classic car goes into hibernation. We’d be happy to help with this or provide you with any advice. Contact us today!
Disconnecting the battery
The car battery is one of the vital components that powers all other components under the hood. Without a car battery, your car is just one piece of metal. We strongly advise disconnecting the battery when not in use. Failing this it is advisable to get a smart charger to give a trickle charge.
Battery terminal isolators are also a good idea
A battery isolator helps to ensure that the starting battery has sufficient power to start the engine and recharge the batteries. We can offer advice and supply battery isolators and smart battery trickle chargers. Please contact us for further information.
Use a good brake fluid
We always advise storing the car with good brake fluid that has been changed every two years as it is hygroscopic and absorbs moisture.
Leaving your handbrake off
Leave your classic car either in ‘Park’ if it’s an automatic or in first gear with the handbrake off – this will help prevent your brakes from seizing over time. You may also prefer to place wheel chocks in front and behind each tyre to prevent your classic from rolling away.
Checking your tyres
Worried about the tyres developing flat spots whilst in storage? It’s a good idea to either pump the tyres up to 50psi (making sure you deflate them when it’s time to drive away. Alternatively, roll the wheels approximately every 30 days.
Other top tips: If you are storing your classic in a garage, always keep windows down a bit for air circulation. If you are storing a convertible it’s always a good idea to make sure that this is stored with the hood up and rear window in place. Try not to keep too much fuel in the tank but run the engine up once a month.
We hope you have found this information useful and wish you well in storing your classic over the winter. Any queries please do contact us – we’d be happy to help!
If you are currently deciding upon having your classic car restored to its former glory, and have all of this to look forwards to, why not choose AM Restorations for the project? We are trusted and experienced classic and vintage car restorers located in Plymouth. With a range of mechanical and restorative services, we can help you get the best out of your vehicle, giving you a finished product that will give you a huge amount of joy and satisfaction for many years to come
To find out more about our classic car restoration services call us on 01752 346544 or visit our contact page to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to get you back on the right track with your car restoration.