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Retrieving Your Car From Its Long Winter Nap

CHAPTER 103

It is that time of year again: when the flowers start to bloom, and you start getting that itchy feeling to get back behind the wheel of your classic car. Spring brings warmer temperatures and finally thaws out the dreaded cold of winter. Before you jump back in your classic and crank her up, we suggest you follow these tips given to us by our faithful customer base.

Before waking your hibernating prized possession, make sure to walk around the vehicle and check to see if there are any creatures snuggling up in places they should not be. Animals will attempt to avoid the cold temperatures in any crevice possible. Starting an engine with a furry friend inside will cause a headache and some serious cleanup time. If you have covered the air filter or exhaust to keep these guys out, we suggest you remove them.

You need some serious voltage to start a sleeping classic. Most likely a sitting battery will not crank a cold engine and will do more damage than good. If the battery is not connected to a tender, it is best to give it a full charge before trying to crank it. If the battery is attached to one, check to see if it has a full charge. If it does, the battery should be good to go. If your vehicle is stored on jack stands, lower them and check the tire pressure. Air pressure is constantly changing depending on the outside temperature; air expands in heat and contracts in cold temperatures. Another test to perform is of the fluids, especially the motor oil. Before starting, give your vehicle a quick once-over; check the brakes and go through each gear, one-by-one. Once all of the levels are topped off, and this quick check is done, you are free to start your adventure on the open road, making all of your neighbors jealous.

Just to recap:
– Do a visual inspection of vehicle
– Check all fluids and top where needed
– Inspect battery and make sure it is fully charged
– Check brakes and gears
– Check tire pressure


 

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