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01/09/2017
With the winter period in full force, this post focuses on keeping a classic car looking its best with basic tips on mechanical maintenance through to keeping the interior in its best condition.

Learn More About Keeping a Classic Car at Its Best

There's something special about owning a classic car. Whether it's a classic racer, cruiser, or heavy duty truck, its design and build are something which you just don't see in modern vehicles. It's for these points that it is particularly important to pay attention to the small details to keep your classic car looking its best. With a range of high-quality engine lubricants for all vehicle ages, including classic cars, Synthetic Solutions has a post to share with basic tips to get you started taking when storing your classic car for an extended period of time.

Let's Start with the Interior

There's no denying that every aspect of a classic car is worth keeping in pristine condition; the interior, however, is what some enthusiasts would consider art. For this reason, it's worth paying particularly close attention to how well you store and treat the interior during the cold.
  • Try to keep the air as fresh as possible inside the car.
    • Given the likelihood of you keeping the car in the dark garage, it's important to prevent moisture from building up and ruining your interior. Open the doors every few days and manually circulate air throughout. If it feels damp, give it a thorough wipe down with a clean and dry cloth.
    • Use a clean paper towel and gently slide it around the edges of any panels or dials you have. Moisture and dust can easily accumulate and cause minute amounts of damage. This can quickly add up and become noticeable.
    • Be sure to pay attention to the roof lining. It can be easy to clean the sides and forget to look up. However, hot air rises, leaving this to be a popular spot for moisture to build up.
The interior of your engine's components also need protection during the winter months, so be sure not to neglect them. Products like AMSOIL's Gasoline Stabilizer are poured into the gas tank before storage. This works to reduce the amount of oxidation which can occur. If you are unsure if this is the right one for your car, and you would like more information, check out the online store. Alternatively, speak with an engine oil expert at Synthetic Solutions about the make and model of your car by calling (919) 600-2749 and get the right product for your engine.

Now It's Time for Everything Else

Of course, it isn't just the interior of a classic car which makes it so admirable. Don't forget that your prized possession is still a machine and needs maintenance, too.
  • The best thing you can do is to use a breathable car cover. This works to prevent moisture buildup and protects your car from any other elements in your garage, such as woodworking or building you may do.
  • If you can't get a cover, do your best to keep it dry as much as you can. Small amounts of moisture can easily build up and ruin your paintwork. A thorough wipe with a clean and dry towel is all it takes. Be sure to pay attention to any creases, hinges, and hard-to-reach spaces.
  • The most common problem to occur after storage is a flat battery. If you can't start the engine every week or two to keep the battery charged, consider using an electronic battery maintaining device to do the job for you.
  • If you are storing your car outside, stuff some sandwich bags with newspaper and stick it inside your tailpipe. This can help to keep any critters out. Just be sure to remember to take them out before you start it up again.
  • Use a fuel stabilizer to minimize oxidation. Alternatively, consider draining your gas tank for the storage period. If the gas is left too long, it can break down and cause engine wear.

The Perfect Time for a Synthetic Oil Change in Wake County

Before you take it out of storage, take the opportunity to give your classic car a general maintenance checkup, including a fluid check and top up, along with a full synthetic oil change. This helps to keep the engine lubricated and reduces engine damage. Give Synthetic Solutions a call at (919) 600 2749 and ask about AMSOIL's Z-ROD® 10W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil and other high-quality engine lubricants designed specifically for classic cars. If you would like more information, check out the online store for the full range of AMSOIL motor oil products.
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