Lucas Oil tips and techniques for protecting sports cars, hot rods, motorcycles, powersports equipment and more during the cold winter months
Snow and ice will arrive very soon and taking a little time to prepare for storage will keep those expensive vehicles and other gear safe during the winter months.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Oct. 10, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Every fall, owners of sports cars, hot rods, powersports vehicles and other hot weather “toys” should start preparing for several months cold weather. Snow, sleet, ice and freezing temperatures can cause serious problems with vehicles and equipment, but by following a few simple preparation steps using Lucas Oil products, you’ll ensure these prized possessions are ready to go next spring.
Supercars, motorcycles, hot rods and even riding lawn mowers all have engine oil systems, fuel systems, transmissions and other components that require winterizing. While it may seem daunting, proper preparation doesn’t take a lot of time or mechanical knowledge – but failure to do so can range from a small repair bill to very costly system failures.
It should go without saying, but finding a good location that’s dry and sheltered from the weather is a great first step to a solid storage strategy. Garages, sheds, barns, or self-storage facilities all make great storage locations. Although outdoor storage is not recommended, sometimes that is all someone has, so using a high quality waterproof storage cover can also provide very good protection.
Most classic car or sports car drivers keep their cars spotless, but it is important that a thorough interior and exterior cleaning is done before it is put into storage. Dirt and debris can degrade paint, metal surfaces and trim parts, so thorough cleaning is essential. Luckily, Lucas has some great products designed to make this process easier. Lucas Slick Mist Speed Wax and all-new Lucas Slick Mist Ceramic Speed Wax both provide long-lasting protection against the elements. Just spray on and wipe off before storing for a full season of defense against dust and dirt. Cleaning is not limited to the exterior of vehicles either. Lucas Complete Engine Treatment can be used to clean and lubricate the entire fuel system from tank to injectors and when added to engine oil cleans the oil system reducing gum buildup and varnishes, while improving fluidity at low temperatures.
As mentioned, cleanliness and preparation of fuel systems should be a priority. Using Lucas Oil Deep Clean Fuel Treatment during this final fill will help ensure the fuel system is clean and nice before storing. However, gasoline degrades over time, which changes its chemical properties and can damage fuel system components. To avoid potential problems, a bottle of Lucas Fuel Stabilizer should be added to the tank to slow the breakdown of gasoline and ethanol, the primary cause of gum and varnish deposits. Fuel stabilizer also cleans, lubricates and maintains fuel pumps, carburetors, fuel injectors and compression rings. Vehicle owners should also fill their tanks to 90% capacity to prevent excessive buildup of water condensation.
Battery maintenance – Although classic cars with old electronics are often known to drain a battery, every vehicle, motorcycle and lawn equipment with a battery should have its battery disconnected or placed on a battery strainer. This will ensure that the battery remains in good condition and is ready to return to service next spring.
Engine oil – Oil changes are part of the routine maintenance that should be up to date when storing something for the winter. However, simply having clean oil is not enough for those who want the best protection for their most valuable asset. By adding a bottle of Lucas Oil Low Viscosity Stabilizer or Heavy Duty Oil Stabilizer, vehicles get an extra layer of protection against dry starts and excessive friction, as well as heat and wear. of any type of engine. It also provides additional lubrication which reduces oil consumption and operating temperatures. It is important to note that these stabilizers are not only great for storage, they should be included with every oil change.
“Whether you own an occasional sports car or a dedicated classic car that does its own maintenance, winter storage planning needs to start early and involve the right products. We’ve been trusted for decades to protect engines, fuel systems and more from harsh driving conditions and preparing for winter storage should be no different,” said Morgan Lucas, president of Lucas Oil. “Vehicles in storage can develop many serious problems without certain preventative measures, and we are proud to say that Lucas Oil products are trusted by people around the world to keep these classic vehicles and other treasured vehicles running smoothly. year after year.”
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About Lucas Oil
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products was established with the simple philosophy of producing the finest lubricants and additives available anywhere. Lucas Oil offers the most diverse line of engine oils, gear oils and innovative additives, refined through years of specialized research, development and testing. The company’s high performance engine oils and gear oils are widely recognized as best in class in the automotive, powersports, marine, industrial, outdoor and sports markets. motorized. In total, Lucas Oil offers more than 300 premium products, representing the widest variety of products on the shelf of any oil company in the world. United States with a distribution network in 48 different countries.
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