Winter came a bit late in the Seattle area - while in the past we've gotten snowfall before Thanksgiving this year the chilly temperatures are hitting sea level right now. For those with antique or classic cars, the change in climate can be worrisome. An older car can be a delicate instrument and there are definite steps you should take to keep it protected and running smoothly during the winter months. One of the companies we work with, Hagerty, has put together a few pointers for preparing your car for a cold winter:
1) Top Off Your Levels:
- Fill your gas tank and add a fuel preservative. The full tank keeps out moisture and the preservative keeps the gas from breaking down. Then take one last drive to circulate the preservative.
- Make sure your antifreeze is fresh and topped off.
- To avoid a nasty sludge in the spring, change the oil.
2) Take Preventative Measures
- Give your car a good wash and wax to protect the paint. Protect the chrome with wax or paint sealant.
- Over-inflate tires to avoid flat spotting, or jack up the car to take pressure off of the tires.
- Put a battery manager on your car.
- To prevent rodents nesting in an engine compartment, try a rodent repellent under the hood. Just make sure to remove it before starting up.
- Put down a few moisture pads on the upholstery to absorb moisture and prevent mildew.
- Cover the car with a breathable car cover to prevent corrosion and rust.
3) Re-circulate your oil.
- When a car sits, oil settles into the pan, leaving the engine without lubrication. Disconnect the coil wire and crank the engine over several times. Reconnect the coil wire and you should be good to go.
If you have any questions about protecting your classic car - insurance related or not - get in touch! We are always more than happy to help!