How to Store Your Car in the Winter: Tips and Advice

Do you have a car that you store away for the winter? Don’t worry, Jim Shorkey has you covered. Follow our advice, and your car will wake up in the spring with birds chirping and the bees buzzing.

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Clean it Up. Your hot rod has accumulated dirt and road grime from driving it all summer long. Make sure before storing your car that you clean the interior and exterior of your vehicle. All that road grime can lead to corrosion and damage.

Keep it Covered. The ideal space to store your vehicle would be in a heated indoor space. If you don’t have a garage available, consider renting a storage facility. If that is not an option, you can also purchase weatherproof car covers that will keep your car clean and dry while it is stored.

Fill up the Tank. Don’t leave your car thirsty all winter long. Filling up your tank before storage will prevent moisture from accumulating inside the fuel tank and keep the seals from drying out.

Keep the Battery Charged. A battery that is not in use will eventually lose its charge. Start your car every two weeks and if possible, drive around for a few minutes. This will allow the battery to recharge and the car to maintain good working order.

Don’t Use the Parking Break. Although it is a good thing to use your parking brake, don’t use it when your car is in storage. If the brake pads are touching the rotors for too long, there is a chance that they might fuse. Instead of putting on the parking brake, you can use a tire stopper.

Prevent Tire Flat Spots. Make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended tire pressure. If a vehicle is not driven for a long time, the tires can develop flat spots from the weight of the vehicle.

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Buying an Older Car: Things to Look Out For

Most of us have that “dream car” we’ve always wanted—that orange 1969 Dodge Charger from Dukes of Hazard or the 1993 Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler. Whatever you picture when you imagine yourself driving around Pittsburgh, it is important to know what to look for when purchasing an older car. Here, we offer five tips to help you get started!

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Leaking Engine Seals

Pittsburgh weather changes as fast as the Dodge Hellcat drives. And with changes in pressure and temperature, engine seals expand and contract. If a car sits for a long time without being driven, the seals can deteriorate even faster because they dry out and become brittle. Eventually, worn-out engine seals will start to leak oil. It is important to check engine seals frequently when driving an older vehicle.

Body Rust

Pittsburgh and North Huntingdon have seen some harsh and long winters, and cars that spend time in rough climates tend to exhibit rust in the undercarriage and around the window seals. Salt and moisture can be devastating to a car’s chassis, and the cost of proper repair can exceed the car’s purchase prices.

Fading Or Peeling Paint

A car that has a cheap paint job or has spent its life outside can have faded and cracked paint. To avoid another bad paint job, the solution is to completely repaint the car, which can be expensive but worth it if done correctly.

Cracked and Sagging Interior

All those days your car spent sun bathing can be devastating to its interior, causing seats, dashes, and outdoor panels to crack and fade. Finding original replacement parts for an older car can be challenging, and new reproductions can be pricy.

Electrical Issues

Although older vehicles don’t have all the bells and whistles of today’s cars, they still have their fair share of complex electrical components. Some electrical problems are relatively simple to diagnose and remedy. And if you do have any electrical issues, then schedule a service appointment with us, and we can properly diagnose the problem!

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