Winterize your Ride

Winterize your ride
Check out the anti-freeze solution and make sure it’s fresh, and the right mix for the temps you think you’ll be seeing, plus a dose for good measure. Really would ruin yer’ day to reach the spring missing your truck sumpthin’ awful, and find out you got a busted block cause she froze solid on that one “really” cold day you remember.
I always fill the tank with fuel so the high fuel level in the tank won’t let rust grow inside., and drive it to its winter resting place. I add some fuel stabilizer to the tank to keep that fuel from breaking down over time. Once I’m at my spot, I disconnect the fuel line on the tank side of the fuel pump, plug the line, and then start and run the truck out of fuel. That fuel stuff gets all gummy over time and if you leave a carb full setting all winter, it’ll trash the carb.

Then I take out the spark plugs and add a few squirts of oil into each cylinder. I put the plugs back in, then pull the coil wire and crank her over a few times to slosh around the oil in each cylinder. Put the coil wire back on, and then hook back up the fuel line.
I disconnect the battery. I buy a 20 pound sack of Kitty Litter and set it on the floor in the cab. Keep the Kitty Litter in the bag, mind you. It ain’t necessary or advisable to dump 20 pounds of Kitty Litter on yer’ floorboards. Just cut open the top of the bag with yer’ trusty Buck Knife, and that Kitty Litter will absorb a ton of moisture, keepin’ the inside of yer’ truck from gettin all mildewy on you. If you park it with the windows all closed up good, that stuff will do a good job of keeping mold from getting a foothold.
I jack up the truck and set the frame on jackstands so’s the wheels ain’t supporting’ the weight of the beast. Helps the tires and suspension to rest a little, too. My Uncle Moose always told me to do that, saying it done the same thing fer’ your truck as just like you getting off your feet after a long day. But before you do, make sure the surface the truck is parked on is level and firm enough to support the jackstands. The last thing you want is for the jackstands to sink or worse — fall over.

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