From your Friends at Auto Connection Inc.
From Chad and Katie
Fall/Winter Car Care Tips
Over the years we have used and collected ideas from friends, clients, and others.
We found it helpful to make a list for ourselves and thought we would share it with you.
(Various ideas, pick and choose for yourself) Send us your suggestions
Store car on wood, plywood sheets or plastic (waterproof barrier). (This helps keep car safe from moisture coming up through floor).
Store car on jack stands. This helps take weight off the cars springs and tires (may help prolong spring tension and tires roundness).
Fill gas tank and add fuel stabilizer. (This will save the gas from going bad and less chance of moisture forming in the tank).
Heaters- Indoor vented heaters can actually add moisture to the area(monitor closely to lessen metal damage).
Hook up battery tender and keep battery in place (as recommended). This will help keep battery charged, but not over charged.( For cars requiring continuous electrical power).
Fully charge battery as recommended and possibly remove from car. ( for cars not requiring constant electrical power).
Change your fuel filters, including one in engine compartment and along the chassis. (Often more than single filter) (plugged filters often cause engine to stop running at most inconvenient time)
Check condition of coolant, brake fluid, engine oil, transmission oil, and rear end grease. It is common to over look a few of these. You can check oil by the color, buy test strips, or simply by how long and miles since its been in service. (This can be your cheapest insurance in eliminating mechanical break down).
Dress any rubber. To help it from becoming brittle. (rubber in suspension, door jambs, trunk opening, etc.). (Dry out and deteriorates causing expense)
Coat bare metal with light oil (WD-40 as an example). (This will help protect from moisture and humidity causing surface rust). (wipe off after storage).
Switch insurance as needed for off season. (great way to save some money).
Set tire pressure to proper specs.- (This helps maintain a good seal and helps tires from excessive flat spot during storage).
Store car Inside. This protects the car from damaging rays of the sun, rain, moisture, animals, all of natures elements (Less paint fade, rubber deteriorate, interior fade, chrome pit, etc.).
Wash car and dry well. This is best done before freezing weather. Removing bugs / dirt before storage (can help prevent damage to the paint / clear coat).
Apply a fresh coat of wax. This helps protect your car even if it receives no outside exposure.
Clean and Polish bright work (chrome, aluminum, etc.). (less likely for stains and pits to develop)
Cover your car with an indoor cloth cover that breaths. (Plastic cover can cause moisture to develop and cause damage to chrome and paint).
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