Taking Your Classic Car Out Of Storage: 5 Things To Know
The winter is over and it’s time to break out the spring clothes, tools, and most importantly, toys. If you are lucky, you have a classic car that has been sitting, safely, in a self storage unit all winter just waiting for the warm weather to get back out on the open road. You probably can’t wait to pull that baby out of storage, but before you do, there are some things you should know. Below are five things to keep in mind when taking your classic car out of your self storage space.
Inspect the battery
This is the most important component of the vehicle to check when taking it out of storage. Hopefully you had the battery on a maintainer/tender while the car was in storage all winter. Check to make sure that the battery is fully charged before you put it back into the car or you won’t be going anywhere.
Test the engine oil
Fluids can evaporate while in storage and it is a good idea to check them all once you bring the car out, including engine oil. Even if you just changed the oil right before you put it into storage, you might want to consider giving it a second change after taking it out, just to be safe. You don’t want to compromise your classic car, especially if it still has the original engine.
Check your tires
Any time you bring any vehicle out of storage, it is wise to make sure that the tires haven’t deflated while the car has been in storage. Examine the tires for cracks or bulges, which can occur over the winter if the temperature has changed rapidly inside the storage unit.
Check other fluid levels
Coolant and brake fluid should also be examined after taking your classic car out of storage. If you forgot to put a fuel stabilizer in the tank before placing the car into winter storage, purchase an octane booster and when you take the car to the gas station, make sure to fill the tank with high octane gas.
Look in the engine bay, as well as underneath the car and inspect for fluid leaks. Electrical wires and hoses should also be examined for signs of damage. Get a screwdriver and a wrench out and make sure that all of the fuel system clamps are tight. Make sure that no pests (like mice and rats) decided to spend the winter anywhere in the car.
Having a great classic car to drive during the summer is very rewarding. Having a little piece of history out on the road is always nice to see, but after having spent the entire winter in storage, you should keep the above tips in mind before taking your car out and getting back on the road.