Did you winterize your vehicle for the winter season? If you haven’t taken the necessary steps to prepare your vehicle for the harsh weather conditions, let’s take a look at tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
According to an article at autorepair.about.com, “What Can Harsh Weather Conditions Do to Your Vehicle?”
“An unprepared engine can suffer expensive damage just from sitting with fuel in it. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get your vehicle ready for a proper and planned winter slumber.
Winterizing should focus primarily on the fuel system. Modern fuels that are a large percentage ethanol will deteriorate rapidly if left in the tank. As the fuel breaks down it leaves gummy deposits that can clog your fuel system and leave you with lots of work. Carbureted engines are the most susceptible to being gummed up by sitting fuel, but there are many components in a fuel injected engine that will suffer, as well. There are two ways to be sure your engine doesn’t suffer from fuel breakdown and a case of the clogs.
Draining the fuel system. The old way of protecting a fuel system – and still quite effective – is a complete draining of the fuel system. This means you have to get that gas out of every corner of the system including the fuel tank, fuel pump or pumps, and the carbs or injection components depending on your system.
Most fuel tanks have a method for draining, but it varies from vehicle to vehicle. Check here for some tips on draining your tank. Next you have to drain your fuel lines. To do this, disconnect you’re the lines at both the tank, fuel pump and the carburetor and let gravity drain all of the fuel from the line. With all of the fuel drained from the tank and lines, disconnect the ignition coil so it won’t fire and crank the engine over for about 15 seconds.” To read the entire article click here.
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