Off to the wintering grounds!

Tips for wintering

Off to the wintering grounds!

As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, the time has come for owners of classic cars to bid their gems farewell for the time being. Here are a few important points to observe when you put your vintage car into storage:

  • After thoroughly cleaning your vehicle, it is recommended that you drive it a few kilometres to make sure the brakes get really warm. This will prevent the brake discs and drums from developing flash rust and the brake pads from getting stuck.
  • The handbrake should be released during storage, because with the brake pads engaged, it takes longer to dry at the contact points. This leads to a greater instance of corrosion and dents, which in turn causes an unpleasant rattle when you use the brakes.
  • The tyres should be pumped to approximately 3 bar to reduce the risk of flat spotting.
  • Connect the battery to a float charger to compensate for self-discharge.
  • If the storage area allows it, it is a good idea to leave one or two windows slightly open. This can prevent mould from forming – and ensures the interior also stays ventilated.
  • The fuel tank should be as full as possible in order to minimise the risk of condensate forming.
  • And when spring arrives, we recommend taking great care with starting your vehicle up again. We will be glad to assist with this step.