Do you own a classic car? Then you’ll want to protect it from the elements during the winter months. Rust is of course your biggest concern. So you should park the car in a place where the humidity is between 40 and 60%. Your storage should protect
from the wet and the cold. A closed storage should have enough ventilation so moisture can escape. In some cases, it can come up through the ground as well. Best is a concrete floor, in a garage with high ceilings. A garage box with a low ceiling is not
So be careful that moisture doesn’t accumulate on your car because it can’t escape. Also take care that the car itself is not wet when you put it in the garage.
CarCave’s 6 tips for winter prep:
- Make sure your car is clean and dry before you put it away. Apply a coat of wax to the body. This will minimize chances of rust and keep dust and dirt from adhering to the paint.
- Put antifreeze liquid in the car. Make sure the point of freezing of the liquid is low enough, so you don’t end up with engine or cooling system problems.
- Inflate your tires. Good tyre pressure prevents flat spots on your tyres. These flat spots could cause vibrations in the steering when you want to drive the car again.
- Don’t put the hand brake on. This can cause your brakes to get stuck. Put the car in first gear instead.
- Use a trickle charger for the battery to maintain the charge level.
- Start the car up from time to time, but make sure you let it run long enough for everything to reach the right temperature. Starting it up when it’s cold will produce moisture, and you have to let that evaporate. If the weather allows, take it out for a short drive. If you do, go back to tip nr.1 afterwards.
If you want to be sure your car is in the best condition to put away for a couple of months, come by CarCave for a quick check-up.