When the winter winds start rolling over, people usually get their cars into storage. And with the snow finally melting and the temperature rising, people are excited to bring out their cars again. But before you can take out your car, you will have to check a few things. These few things are especially important if you have a car that is pretty old.
Only after checking the following things can you take out your car so you can avoid serious damage.
1. Check the Tires after Storage
You can’t drive your car without checking on your tires. Check the tire pressure and make sure it is the right amount. You can find a pressure checker quite easily, which can help you check your tires’ pressure. Moreover, make sure to check the pressure in all of the tires, as you don’t want to be stuck somewhere.
An important precaution that people take with their cars is to replace their good tires with cheap ones. This little trick can save your tires from flattening and keeps your suspension healthy. If you changed out your good tires, now would be a good time to bring them back.
2. Check the Engine Oil
Engine oil is what keeps your engine healthy and running. In fact, starting your car without checking your engine oil all winter can be detrimental to its health. Therefore, it’s best practice to check the engine oil before you even sit in the car. Check the dipstick to see if there is enough oil.
You should also change the oil for your car after the storage period. That oil has been there for a long time now, and it only makes sense that you change it as quickly as possible.
3. Configure the Battery
Hopefully you had your battery on a tender throughout this hibernation period. Check the tender to see if the battery is full.
However, if you didn’t, you will be in for an unfortunate surprise. Charging a fully depleted battery is poison for its overall life. Be sure to check the battery terminals as well, and clean them if necessary.
4. Inspect the other Fluids after Storage
Be sure to check the brake fluid, coolant, power steering, and the fuel. It is especially important to add fuel stabilizer to ensure the engine doesn’t start running rough. If you didn’t, you can still add high octane gas, along with octane booster, into the tank. This should help the engine run smoother.
5. Perform a General Check
Finally, be sure to look around your vehicle to spot any glaring issues with it. Look for leaks, cracks, and other signs of deteriorating health. Check the brake shoes, the clamps, and the electrical wiring. Rats can sometimes chew on wiring, leaving them in a dangerous state. You should also check for kittens near the engine, as cats usually sleep there during the winters.
Now all of this may seem a little excessive. But when it comes to the overall health of your car, you can’t take any chances. Especially in the case of older cars that are much more expensive to repair.