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How to Store a Classic Car For Winter

Reader's Digest Canada Logo By The DIY Experts Of The Family Handyman Magazine of Reader's Digest Canada | Slide 1 of 6: Before you put your pride and joy in mothballs for the winter, it's essential you perform a bit of preventative maintenance.  Change the oil and filter and run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the clean oil. Fresh oil provides the ultimate in corrosion protection for winter storage. Inject fresh grease into all grease fittings. Prevent corrosion on the hood latch and door hinges by spraying them with white lithium grease. Open the windows, doors and trunk and spray dry Teflon lube or silicone spray on all the weather stripping to keep it from bonding to the doors when the vehicle sits for long periods. (If it's already damaged, check out these tips for repairing weather stripping.)

How to Store a Classic Car For Winter: Essential Maintenance

Before you put your pride and joy in mothballs for the winter, it's essential you perform a bit of preventative maintenance.

  • Change the oil and filter and run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the clean oil. Fresh oil provides the ultimate in corrosion protection for winter storage.
  • Inject fresh grease into all grease fittings.
  • Prevent corrosion on the hood latch and door hinges by spraying them with white lithium grease.
  • Open the windows, doors and trunk and spray dry Teflon lube or silicone spray on all the weather stripping to keep it from bonding to the doors when the vehicle sits for long periods. (If it's already damaged, check out these tips for repairing weather stripping.)
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