sun's shining, blue skies overhead,
it's a comfortable 70 degrees and
all is perfect...
Alright, enough dreaming. It's January,
and here in the Midwest, the winter
just sucks. Slippery roads, hail,
snow, terrifying conditions for the
Ideally, it's time to park your ride
and bust out the winter beater. But
for those of us who bravely drive
our rides through thick and thin,
there are some precautions one can
take to protect their ride.
Probably one of the most basic winter
preparations is to take off those
rims and put your stockers on. Between
the road salt, ice, and snow, the
winter is the perfect time to ruin
your rims. But before doing so, make
sure to check your stock tires for
cracks, balding, or any other defects.
The last thing you need is to have
your ride sliding all over the road.
Having an air suspension provides
for a fun ride, but in the winter,
proper maintenance is key. A good
water trap is essential in preventing
freezing valves during the cold. A
good idea for those of us with trucks
is to mount your valves either in
the cab or near another source of
heat, such as the motor or exhaust,
which will keep any excess water from
freezing. Although you should already
have a leak free system, it's not
a bad idea to re-tighten all of fittings
in case of leakage.
Remember all of the time you spent
doing nothing but sanding bondo and
re-working sheetmetal to make your
ride's body as smooth as possible.
Well, leave it to winter to ruin it.
Road salt is terrible for your paint,
leading to rust and possible scratching.
Washing your ride on a consistent
basis is essential to keeping it pristine.
With a little bit of TLC and careful
driving, you and your vehicle can
make it through the winter successfully.
And you thought maintaining your ride
in the show season sucked!
Until next time, keep your heads high
and ride low.