Snowball fights, gingerbread houses and hot chocolate are the more enjoyable moments of the cold season. Planning how to protect your vehicle from the extreme cold weather needs more precise thought out steps. We have taken the headache out of making your vehicle ready for winter by providing some quick steps below.
- Fall is a great time to take your vehicle out for the last ride of the season. Don’t forget to top of the tank and other fluids before putting it away.
- Changing out old fluids helps reduce sediment buildup. While flushing fluids take time to inspect any frayed or ripped lines that will deteriorate further in the cold.
- Separate the battery and spark plugs from the vehicle and clean the connection area. Cool weather will drain the battery even when disconnected so keep these parts in a warm dry environment
- Putting a small amount of oil in the cylinders halts corrosion and rust build up. Turn the crankshaft 4-6 times to circulate fresh oil.
- Place cotton rags in vents on the windshield, tailpipe, and any open areas so mice do not crawl in to set up residence. Most of all remember what areas this was done to, so in the spring every rag is removed.
- Place a vapor barrier of plastic tarps and sheets underneath the vehicle to keep moisture away.
- Make your vehicle spotless inside and out. Use this opportunity to make notes of any areas that need special attention or areas that have damages from past rides.
- To keep your car fresh and clean for the reveal in the spring, invest in a high quality, all-weather, breathable car cover.
We offer a helping hand in precise planning of how to protect your vehicle from the extreme cold weather. Come visit us and take a look at your winter storage options to make the seasonal preparations easier.