Season 2019 is over. Saab classic cars and classics are stored in their winter quarters. To avoid damage, so you do not experience a negative surprise at the start of the season 2020, you should pay some attention to a few things. What we should know when wintering the automotive heritage, we describe here.
Season ends, the dirt must go down!
Before storing, you should thoroughly clean your classic. Exterior cleaning is mandatory, the dirt must from the paint! Then dry thoroughly after washing! The interior must also be cleaned. Who wants to start the new season with the dirt of last year? Apart from that, unkempt, dirty interiors literally have a life of their own. Nobody likes that.
The door seals deserve special attention once a year. Clean with lukewarm water and then treat with care products. So they stay dense and supple, for many years. Leather and upholstery also deserve some attention. Who cleans his leather and treated with care products, does not go wrong.
Change engine oil!
Professionals recommend changing the engine oil before the end of the season. Oil can contain corrosive substances, a precautionary change takes the risk. Who is done with the oil check, should immediately take a look at the frost protection. The radiator antifreeze loses its effect after 4 years and should therefore be checked regularly. Garages do this during the inspection, and those who wait their Saab on their own tend to forget this point.
For many years it was advised to fill the tank before the end of the season. That was in a time when the fuel was still free of vegetable additives. Today filling is advisable only for vehicles with steel tank, it avoids the formation of rust in the tank. Most Saab classics and Youngtimer have plastic containers, for which the filling is not mandatory.
Air pressure ok?
Before storing it is recommended to increase the air pressure. 3 to 4 bar are considered good, if you really want to avoid a stand plate, he pushes his car every few weeks by hand a few meters back and forth. Alternatively, you can jack up the classic and relieves the suspension and is on the safe side. Now just disconnect the battery or at least connect it to a maintenance device. Professionals always recommend at the end of the season, the expansion of the battery, which is advisable. Leaking battery acid causes unsightly damage, which is reliably avoided.
Window open, window closed?
Finally, cover the Saab with a blanket or a “car garage”. Suitable fabrics are available for little money on the web. You avoid dusting the classic. The controversial question is whether the windows should be left slightly open - which is good for air circulation, but it can be a disaster for the interior. Small, nasty rodents are also looking for a cozy home in winter; the fewest garages and halls are 100% safe from them. In the spring it can come as an unsightly surprise, replacing a destroyed interior really costs money.
It's better if you leave the windows closed and place a small container of salt in the Saab instead. The commercial salt, only a few cents expensive, keeps the air dry and prevents the formation of mold or condensation. It's that easy.