How do I bring a car out of storage?
It might not feel like it, but spring is right around the corner. Not only will the weather start to improve and get warmer, but it will also be time to get our collectible vehicles back on the road. Sure, Gwatney Mazda of Germantown is a new car dealership and our inventory of pre-owned models is filled with modern vehicles, but we still know some things about older models. In fact, we have had more than a few customers ask our expert service technicians, ‘How do I bring a car out of storage?’ While every vehicle is going to have its own unique set of needs, there are a few standard procedures that our team follows when they bring their summer cars out of the garage.
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Check the batteries – Even if you stored a vehicle perfectly for the winter, the battery remains the vulnerable component. Low temperatures and accumulated moisture can cause all sorts of problems. The first thing you should check is the tightness of the battery cable’s connection to the terminals as well as the terminals themselves. If any corrosion has formed on the terminals, clean it off with a mixture of water and baking soda with a wire brush.
Get wired – Everyone wants to get out of the cold, including the little mice that hide in our garages in the winter. The inside of an engine bay is a pretty nice place to spend the winter. Mice have a fondness for chewing on wires and hoses. Make sure there aren’t going to be exposed wires touching when you start the vehicle.
Don’t be tired – It’s perfectly natural for tires to bleed a little air over the course of a winter. Always check the pressure of each tire before going for that first drive of the season. Additionally, make sure no cracks have developed in the sidewalls or between the treads. Finally, if the car has been sitting for a very long time, flat spots may have formed.
The Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Service Department is always ready to help. We can handle any maintenance and repair problems you bring to us. Make an appointment today.