DIY0028 Winterizing Your Vehicle

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DIY0028 Winterizing Your Vehicle

Post by 59lincolnrag » Sun 23. Oct 2016, 06:20

Winterizing Your Vehicle:
I’ve compiled the following information ......
Before you put your car away for the season give it a good wash and wax job. It is VERY IMPORTANT to always store your car clean. Don’t forget to wash off the undercarriage. That’s where most of the rust starts. A good coat of wax on the car will protect the finish against stains if something happens to get on it during the time it is being stored.
If you use a car cover, put it on while the car is clean and dry to protect against dirt, dust and possible scratches. DO NOT cover your car with plastic or one of those blue tarps that you can get at the hardware store. It only traps moisture and trapping moisture between the finish and a piece of plastic will make the paint bubble and rust will begin to form.
Take your vehicle for a drive and get everything warmed up before you park it. By getting your car up to operating temperature it helps to burn off contaminants in the oil and it also gets rid of moisture in the crankcase and the exhaust system. NOTE: Don’t start your car during the winter unless you plan to drive it or allow it to get up to normal operating temperatures. “Short running” the engine will allow moisture to build up in the crankcase and exhaust system.
Change your oil and oil filter. Fresh oil will protect the internal parts of your engine better because there are less hydro-carbons and other contaminates in fresh oil. If you would rather change your oil in the spring, be sure to do it as soon as possible after you get the car out of storage.
Check and fill all major fluids, including brake fluid, clutch fluid reservoir. Also be sure your antifreeze is clean and fresh to avoid the cooling system from freezing or possible corrosion.
Fill the gas tank just before you park the car for the winter. (This will help prevent moisture from condensing inside the tank). Remember, premium unleaded gasoline without alcohol is the only thing you should use in your MEL. If you are not planning to visit your car during the winter, be sure to add a good fuel stabilizer.
Remove the battery and keep it charged. When storing a battery you should keep at as close to room temperature as possible and it should be kept off of the floor so that it doesn’t discharge. Store it on a wooden shelf or on a large block of wood (a piece of 4×4) several inches off of the floor to keep it from discharging.
Put steel wool or rolled up scotch-brite pads in the tailpipes. Block off the air-intake openings to keep mice from using your car as a food pantry.
On cars with manual transmissions you can place a board on the clutch pedal rod to partially depress it, that helps to avoid the risk of the clutch and flywheel rusting together. (If you are only storing the car for a few months this really shouldn’t be necessary).
Never set the parking brake. The brake shoes or pads could stick to the drums or rotors or the cables could rust or freeze up during storage.
If you store your car off of the ground on jack stands, the stands should be under the suspension. If not, damage to the shocks and other suspension parts can occur.
If you store your car on the ground be sure to over-inflate the tires slightly. Five to 10 pounds should be enough. Even tires that are new or in good condition can lose around one or two pounds of pressure per month. I remove all 4 wheels and thoroughly clean them . Wax the wheels and coat the tires with clear floor wax. When you get your car back out in the spring, re-check the pressures to insure against tire damage.
Put a moisture-absorbent, like baking soda, inside the car to keep mildew from starting inside the cars interior. (From mildew come mold, from mold comes a new interior). If you store your car inside a heated area leave the windows opened about 1/4 to 1/2 inch to allow the air to circulate.
Do NOT treat inside surfaces with Armor-All (or similar) products before storing your car. They contain chemicals that can encourage mildew and mold. Mouse traps or poisons placed around the car are also a good idea, BUT be sure that your dogs and cats can’t get to it. Place them around the car every several feet. Leave your sun visors down so it is more difficult for mice to get into the headliner if they do get into the car. NOTE* Mothballs will repel some pests, but the smell stays in the car for a long time. Don’t put them IN your car. Scented drier sheets or bars of soap placed in an open plastic butter tub or coffee can in the trunk and front and back floorboards work great and they smell a lot better too.
Always store your car on a vapor barrier like a large piece of plastic. Try not to store your car where vehicles will be coming in and out during the winter months. They bring moisture in with them.
Make notes and leave them on the front seat or tape them to the windshield to remind you what needs to be done in the spring to get the car ready for the summer season.
Hope this helps .
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