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17. February 2017 13:10
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Essential Winter Checks for Your Classic Car

17. February 2017 13:10 by SpellboundCars | 0 Comments

It’s important to be proactive with your classic car to ensure it is well looked after. The colder months of the year can be brutal for just about any car, though classic cars in particular find themselves facing heavy punishment. Taking preventative action now can ensure your car is well-protected, whether you intend to put your vehicle away for the whole winter or perhaps use it occasionally on the better days.

Important checks and jobs to carry out include the following:

Anti-Freeze

First of all, you need to ensure that there’s the appropriate amount of anti-freeze in your car’s engine, to prevent the water in the cooling system freezing while in storage. Suffice to say, the way frozen water expands could cause serious damage to the engine, so it’s important to make sure anti-freeze levels are appropriate. If unsure, consult an expert.

Tyre Pressures

Cold temperature affects tyre pressures differently to warmer conditions, which is why it’s important to inflate your tyres a little higher than normal. This can help prevent flat spots occurring during the colder weather – be sure to check the tyres of your car specifically for recommended pressures. In addition, parking your car on carpet tiles during the winter can also help protect the tyres from extreme cold penetrations.

Windscreen Fluid

As with anti-freeze, it’s important to ensure that you use the correct screenwash for cold weather conditions. If there is too much water in the mix, you run the risk of the solution freezing and the screenwash bottle cracking.

Hydraulics

If you aren’t intending to use your car for a long period of time, it’s still a good idea to press the brake and clutch pedal a few times once a month to be sure none of the hydraulic parts begin to seize. If you encounter any problems, consult an expert.

Car Battery

If your current battery isn’t in its prime, there’s a good chance the cold weather will kill it off entirely. Which is why the pre-winter period makes the perfect time to consider whether it may be time to consider a replacement.

Turn Over

While in storage, you should be sure to turn on the car’s engine and allow it to idle for a couple of minutes at least once every month or so. This is important for ensuring that no moving parts are given the opportunity to seize up.

Storage

Last but not least, it’s always worth considering a high-quality storage facility, where your classic car will be taken care of throughout the winter. Generally speaking, it’s a small price to pay to know that your asset is in the best possible hands and will be ready to roll once again come spring.

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