As the weather slowly shifts into spring, it's time to get your most favored possession back on the asphalt. There is nothing that gets you more excited than getting your classic ride ready for the road, not even lacing up your hiking boots or even dusting off your golf clubs. But before you take timeless beauty for yet another experience, there are a few things you must tend to.
Inspect any leaking fluids
Check underneath the car for any leaks that your might have overlooked before storage. A spot on the floor is an indication that your car has been leaking. The most common leaks include a coolant leak, a transmission leak or a brake fluid leak.
Change your oil
That you should change the oil of a classic car after a long time of storage goes without saying. Even if the oil's quality seems absolutely perfect, there is no telling if it has a few contaminants. Changing the oil will guarantee performance as well as give you peace of mind.
Check all your fluids
Check the condition of all fluids including the engine coolant, the transmission fluid and the brake fluid. Flush and refine the coolant system and drain your brake lines to ensure the car's system functions properly. Dispose of all old fluids including old gas and replace as needed. Old gas in a classic car can be bad news as it will make for a rough ride.
Check the battery
If you didn't disconnect your battery before storage or preferably put it on a charger prior to storage, chances are the battery doesn't hold a charge. Also, check to see if corrosion has built up. Clean the cables if necessary and replace the battery if it fails to hold a charge.
Check your tires
Before you hit the road, check your tires for cracks, leaks, wear and tire pressure. Tires do endure the cold winter temperatures that have a negative effect on the rubber. Take your car into the shop and have a car mechanic rotate the tires as well.
Wash the car
Now that your classic is back in action, how about a thorough cleaning to make sure the timeless beauty looks its best? Clean it inside and out and clear out any bits of trash you left in there last season. Make sure to apply a wax coating to provide a layer protection from the spring rain and the summer dirt. Cleaning and waxing will also keep your classic shiny and of course, maintain that style and character that she will always guarantee.
Now sit back, roll down your windows and experience the joy of the open road!