John Rosatti: Starting up your Classic Car after it being in Storage
Regardless of how long your classic collector car has been sitting in storage, it is important to proceed with caution to ensure you don’t damage anything. You will need to take some precautions before you simply start it up if you want the car to run smoothly once you get it started. The first thing that you should do is inspect underneath the car to make sure that there haven’t been any leaks occur while the car has been stored away. You could have a bad gasket or corroded radiator filling. Hoses are also prone to get leaks after a car has been left sitting for a long period of time. So be sure to check the floor for any signs of leakage that may need to be repaired.
If you have had your car in storage for an extended period of time you may need to replace the fluids that have been drained from the system. If a car has been sitting around for several years, all of the fluids will need to be drained and flushed out before you add more in order to start the car up. If you have only had your car in storage for a short period of time, it may still be wise to do an oil change and replace the antifreeze if applicable.
Double checking the fluid levels to make sure that you have the right amount in your car is also a good thing to do before you start your car up for the first time in a long time. You will also need to ensure that your tires are full of air and do not appear to have any damage or leaks since they have been stored away.