We’re getting to the point in the year when we can safely pull our vehicles out of winter storage, particularly the sports cars that we leave under a tarp when it gets cold out. There are right and wrong ways to go about removing your vehicle from storage, and this all relates to the care you take before winter arrives. Here are 5 tips for taking your car out of winter storage, from your friends at Hesser Toyota.
5 Tips for Taking your Car Out of Winter Storage
Check your tires
As you’re likely aware, your tires can be adversely affected by the colder weather. Specifically, the cold temperatures can make your tire pressure drop, which can make for dangerous driving conditions. Check the inside of your driver’s-side doorjamb to see the prescribed PSI, and fill your tires accordingly. Also check for any cracks, bulges or gauges in the rubber.
Before you take your car on the road, it’s crucial to look in the engine bay and under the vehicle for potential leaks. Additionally, look at your vehicle’s electrical wires and hoses, just to check if there have been any signs of cracks or damage.
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Test your engine oil
First, you’ll want to take a dipstick and see if any oil needs to be added, and if your oil is old, it should be changed as soon as possible. As you probably know, a fresh change of oil will make your engine more likely to remain healthy in the future.
Test other fluids
All fluid levels should be checked prior to taking your car out, including coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and fuel. If you’ve had old fuel in your tank over the winter months, it’s a good idea to add an octane booster and high-octane gas immediately, since it will keep your car from rough running.
Check your battery
Before putting your vehicle away for the winter, it’s a good idea to put your battery on a maintainer to keep it fully charged. If the battery isn’t fully charged, re-up its charge before you take your car out for its first drive in months. Also, check the cables and terminals for corrosion, and clear away any debris that has accumulated.
Is your vehicle ready for the coming months after being in storage over the winter? If not, we can also help get your vehicle ready for the summer travel season. Visit us at Hesser Toyota to schedule your appointment for spring auto service!