If you own a classic car, you know how much time and dedication it takes to keep it in prime condition. For many people, this includes putting their beloved car into storage during the colder months. If you have stored your car for a few months, or even years, there are a few steps you need to take before you can drive it again.
Do a visual inspection. Open up the hood and look at all of the engine components. Look for any signs of leaking or cracks. You should also check under the car to see if there are any fluid puddles, which could indicate a leak. If you find any, get your car serviced.
Change the fluids. The next step is changing out most of the fluids. Start with an oil and filter change. It is also a good idea to change the brake fluid and flush the coolant system. Every three years or so, you should do the same for the transmission, power steering, and differential fluid. You should also consider emptying the fuel tank and refilling it with fresh gasoline.
Check the battery. Test the battery voltage. It should read six or 12 volts, depending on the charging system. If the battery does not hold a charge, you will need a new one.
Oil the cylinders. If you did not use a fogging oil when you put the car into storage, you should remove the spark plugs, pour oil into the cylinders, and let it sit for a few days. You can also replace the spark plugs.
Check the chassis. Lift your car and inspect the chassis, steering, braking, and suspension components. Lubricate and replace items, as needed.
Start the engine. If your car has a carburetor, pour a small amount of gas into the throat. Turn the key and fire up the engine. If it starts right away, let it idle to get it up to temperature. Repeat your visual inspection and make sure all exterior lights are working. Finish it off with a thorough detailing.
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