How to Protect Your Classic Car This Winter

Owners of classic cars will understand the importance of protecting their cars from the elements and as a result many classic cars are put away for storage as the winter months approach. taking a few simple precautions prior to storing your car will ensure that the following spring its in tip top condition.

Even a fully charged battery will lose some of its charge over time. A heavily discharged battery can suffer permanent damage. this can easily be avoid be either fitting a trickle charger to the battery or recharging with a normal battery charger once a month.

If a car is left in the same position for a long period of time the tyres can become slightly misshapen. While not visible to the naked eye as misshapen tyre will cause the wheel to be slightly out of balance and while be noticed when driving the car. Over inflating your tyres can prevent this problem. there are two things you need to be very aware of, firstly do not inflate the tyre beyond the maximum pressure stated by the tyre manufacturer and secondly don’t forget to reduce the tyre pressure when the car is driven again.

Some people advocate the use of petrol stabilisers, my experience is that while petrol can degrade over time I have never found the need to put additives in the tank. If your car has a metal petrol tank, as most older cars do then make sure the tank is nearly full before storage. this will help prevent condensation forming on the inside of the tank that could lead to rusting.

Damp and condensation is the biggest enemy of the classic car owner. Damp will rust metal, rot fabrics, corrode electrical contacts and can cause mould to grow. Unfortunately many garages do suffer from high relative humidity, anything above 50% relative humidity will allow steel to rust. The easy solution is to buy a dehumidifier for your garage, this will be cheaper to run than a heater and will also be more effective.

Take your car for a good run of at least 30 minutes to get the engine and exhaust up to temperature. Exhaust systems often rust from the inside out, giving the engine a good run will remove as much of this moisture as possible. Getting the engine oil up to temperature will drive off any moisture that may be present in the oil. another option to change the oil before storing the car, if the car is due an oil change anyway then we would certainly recommend some fresh oil and a new filter.

Rodents such as mice and rats can be a major problem. They can chew electrical cables and have been known to build nests in air filter housings. Droppings while easy enough to clean up are unpleasant and may carry diseases. If you have mice and rats then the best approach is to use traditional pest control methods. If you are unsure about the best way to control mice and rats then a local pest control company will be able to help.

We hope you found these tips and advice useful, if all goes well then your classic car will be in its best possible condition ready for you to enjoy again in the following spring.

How to Protect Your Classic Car This Winter


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