Spring brings us a few things…
Plus mainly that time where you option to possibility of revive your Porsche after its long somber winter’s sleep. Here in California, that golden shine of daily orb warms up the sky. With any luck too, those pesky pot holes get fixed.
Here we can reawaken an old friend, sitting in your garage. With hope, your labor of storage included a variety of “starting the car “tasks and checking the oil. Inside, you might find a 1/2 full bottle of sun block, fall leaves caught between the windshield wipers, a AAA map that routed your 2010 journey to a neighboring state. It is also time to remove old beach towels, tennis shoes, empty water bottles.
Depending on which type of route you may have dealt with your Porsche during winter, revival of it is going to be key.
Task 1…. recognize this is a good time to pull out Lady Gaga tunes and replace it with new stuff. Maybe even by her. It seems Madonna is getting hot, as with many other artists. The main issue here is realizing that like you, your car, your music should change as well.
Task 2… Check your registration, license tabs, plates, insurance forms. Make it a habit to also take a quick glance at any of your previous repairs from years past. Double check that you don’t have any outstanding parking tickets, nothing is as miserable as getting a boot attached to your car tire when you park on the street. This is also a great time to confirm which oil / gas your car uses, found in your owners manual. Try to organize the interior of your car, confirm location of spare cars. Adjusting your car clock to daylight savings should also be confirmed. Note the mileage of your car on the day of restoration as well. Should anything break, you can have record when you brought your car back from storage.
Task 3… Check the tire pressure, oil pressure, fluids. If your car has been motionless for a few months, get out a flashlight and see if you notice any drips under the engine AND drips under the transmission. You will also want to take a close look if there are any drips under your brake master cylinder. If you are not sure what you are looking at, and see any drips, note those. Check too if to determine if its oil, water, coolant, gas. Try to be precise and accurate where you found it.
Task 4…. Try to look for rust and note its place. See if its new or have been there for a while. Also, look for any new scratches, dents, and of course, any little animals that might have decided to take residence in your car. Gathered seeds, nuts, twigs will tell you more about what went on during the cold winter’s nights. Speaking of rust, if you live in the where roads might be salted, and you haven’t already… try to wash off any rust.
Task 5… Double check any of your emergency/ mechanical supplies. First Aid Kit, Flares, Air Pressure, Flashlight, extra quarts of oils, emergency blanket, Halon Fire Extinguisher, Tool kits.
Task 6… Picnic items… .its summer, have with you a pairing knife, fresh rags, cleaned up sunglasses.
There a few schools of thought on even having a car stored. These people have reason to believe, and its true, that storing a car dries out seals, promote battery issues and so forth. Even if you keep your car on the road during the winter, it is still consider a great idea to help you car through a spring clean up.
Task 7… Condition the interior, wash/vacuum floor mats, clean out the interior thoroughly. Every pocket and sleeve to be free of foods, trash, old traffic tickets, car covers folded, wrapping electrical cables. Items you know you will never need should be removed, no sense in paying all that money in gas to haul extra pounds around. You will be amazed how much junk you can pull out of a car. Remove dirt from behind the pedal cluster. Check all the the seat belts. Re-adjust seats, who knows.. maybe you grew?
Task 8… Wash the windows completely. Mirrors and side mirrors. Do not be lazy about this. Clean inside and out, and while you are at it, look at the condition of your wipers and any of those rubber trim parts. Check to see if the windows operate normally.
Task 9… Wash and wax your car completely. This includes doing a super job on your wheels, tires, opting to condition them to as new as you can make them. You may have attempted to wax your car before storage. If so.. just check to see if you completely waxed the body and its free of old wax build-up. Now this it is warm, you will find it easier to deal with. Spending time here is a great way to get your car to spring shape. Take time to remove old winter’s tar and grime. Ascertain any chips that need to be dealt with and correct. A local Porsche Dealership / auto body detailer will help you with this as well.
Task 10… Check brakes, change brake fluids (the fluids are hydrophilic, absorbs moisture, so change them), check transmission fluids and change if necessary. Check battery cables for corrosion.
If anything seems weird or out of whack, certainly don’t hesitate to get it looked at. There is no shame in trying your hardest to avert a situation not be in one. Which brings us to our last task…. fill up the tank and go for a drive.