We have reached that time of year to put our toys away because winter is upon us. Much of the country has experienced unseasonably warm temperatures this year allowing us to enjoy our classic rides a little longer but the clock is ticking and winter storage is right around the corner.
Most of us check to-do lists before storing our classic cars for winter: fill the tank with gas, change the oil, and remove the wheels and tires. Although these steps are a great start, don’t forget about your brakes. Just a few quick and easy steps will have your classic stopping on a dime (in no time) come spring.
Changing the brake fluid and re-bleeding the entire system should be part of your annual maintenance routine anyway, but it is also an excellent winterizing step. As we all know, brake fluid attracts moisture into the system. This can happen when the cap is removed, through the vent in the master cylinder lid, and even through older rubber brake hoses where the pores of the rubber are small enough to allow air in but not let fluid out. There is nothing that can be done to prevent air from entering the system but changing the fluid and putting fresh, dry brake fluid in the system is certainly something that will help over time.
Once the old has been completely flushed out of the system, fill the entire system with a high quality brake fluid such as the Pentosin brake fluid we recommend and bleed the brakes. This will leave a fresh, dry system that should leave you with zero worries about rust creating havoc in your brake system while in storage.
Another consideration is the park brake assembly. When raising the vehicle up to remove the wheels and tires, many folks set the park brake to aid in the process of jacking the car up instead of using a wheel chock. Once you have raised the car and removed the wheels and tires, reach inside and release the park brake. Leaving the park brake set can lead to hardware fatigue or cause the pads to fuse to the rotor.
By following these few easy steps, you’ll have peace of mind putting your car in storage for the winter, limit the amount of time spent in the garage come spring, and have you the back behind the wheel in no time. See you on the road!