23 Jul Caring for your Sports Car (Part II)
When it comes to caring for your sports car, there are many factors coming into play. Whether you are taking care of a European vs. Japanese Sportscar or a Japanese vs. American sportscar, the steps generally are the same. You need to perform car care items, then fill the gas and stabilize, raise the car on jacks and lower air pressure, seal the openings to keep out critters and then protect the battery.
When it comes to getting your car ready to be stored, the very first thing you need to do is make sure all the car care is taken care of very first. This means changing the oil and filters, injecting all new grease into the grease fillings and spray dry Teflon in all the doors and other openings. After you have done all of this, you will be able to move on to step two.
Next up, you will need to fill the gas and stabilize. This means draining all of the fluid from the car so that you can fill up with new gas and then poor the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer in. This will help you to stop gum and varnish build up, which could be devastating to a sports car. This is a very important part of the process.
The next thing to do is raise your car on jacks and then lower the air pressure in the tire. This is also a very important step, as it will help maintain the integrity of your tires over time. Make sure to do this after step two.
Moving forward, you will need to seal up the openings in the car to cut down on critters. This means you will need to load some steal wool pads into a plastic bag and then stick them into your tailpipe. This makes sure no unwanted animals find their way into the car. Make sure to put some bright colored ribbons on the bag, as it will help you to remember to take them out next time you use the car. No one wants to start up their vehicle with those still in the tailpipe. It can and most likely will cause some very expensive damage.
Lastly, you will need to make sure your battery maintains over the winter. Do this by connecting a battery maintainer to your battery and then selecting the battery type. Press start and then you are good to go. This will make sure your battery does not freeze over the long winter.
After all of this is done, you can put your tarp over the vehicle and leave it for winter. With all these steps taken care of, you can rest assured you sports car will be ready for action next spring.