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Tips For Bringing A Vehicle Out Of Winter Storage

If you stored your vehicle over the winter and will be bringing it out of storage soon, there are some precautions you should take to ensure that your time back out on the road is as safe as possible and that the condition of your vehicle also remains intact.

With this in mind, here are some tips for bringing your vehicle out of winter storage.

  1. Always Check the Battery First

    There is a checklist for taking your vehicle out of winter storage, but the most important thing to check first is the battery.

    Ideally you would have had your battery on a maintainer for the winter season to ensure that the battery was kept fully charged (or, alternatively, disconnected it for the winter season). If you didn’t put your battery on a maintainer, you will need to do so now.

    The most important thing to remember is that the battery is fully charged before starting the engine. Next, also take a look at the cables for any signs of corrosion and clean as required.

    Keep in mind that if the battery has completely drained, the battery will need to be replaced.

  2. Check All the Fluids (And Change as Necessary)

    It is also important to check all the fluids in your vehicle as well. This includes engine oil (this should be replaced again even if you just replaced it before putting the vehicle into storage) as well as coolant, fuel and so on.

    All of these fluids will keep the engine in good condition.

  3. Always Do A Visual Check Before Taking Your Vehicle Out

    While you may be anxious to take out your car for a spin, it’s important to also take the time to perform a visual check of your vehicle before doing so. A good place to start is with your tires. In this case, you should ensure that the tire pressure is good while also ensuring that the rubber is in good condition as well (for example, ensure that there aren’t any cracks).

    Check for dirty filters that need to be replaced. A few other key things to look out for include possible fluid leaks and that the clamps that make up your fuel system are tight.

    Also check the state of the electrical wires (as mice could have wreaked havoc on them over the winter).

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