Getting your car ready after the winter – drive it day is 3 weeks away!

  • Tyres – if you’ve blown tyres up hard, to stop flat spots, remember to release the pressures back to “normal”. Also, some tyre manufacturers of current stock for classic vehicles will be happy to suggest tyre pressures, check with them.  Also check when you last re-tyred the vehicle, 9 years seems to be the normal age for replacing tyres.  Check for cracks etc.
  • Full service – I’d recommend the vehicle be fully serviced and MOT checked prior to re-commission. Whilst many classic vehicles don’t need an MOT, it is a good second check on roadworthiness.
  • Clean the car! – a good clean and polish after wintering is likely to get the hidden dust and dirt out of the way, even if you’ve employed a cover.
  • Road test – always useful to ensure that everything is working correctly. This should include fast road as well as local roads, with particular emphasis on rattles, squeaks etc.
  • Re-fuel – the fuel in the car will be old and current fuel doesn’t age well! My mower will not run on old fuel, even when it’s had stabiliser added.  I often run the engines dry of fuel or very low and add stabiliser, it seems current petrol goes off very quickly!
  • Battery condition, there are plenty of battery condition indicators around, with luck you’ll have run your vehicles on and off through the winter as well as charging the battery. Remember though that batteries age just like tyres.  Batteries usually need replacing after 5- years.
  • Exhaust – if you’ve a mild steel exhaust check for holes and rust spots, also the quality of any mountings, better to stop them failing BEFORE they go! The point on exhaust mountings also relates to stainless exhausts which can shake their mountings loose or (as on my Healey last week) crack the mount itself.


Happy motoring & remember we sell all your fastener needs, stainless or mild steel.