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Winter tips for open classics: Through the winter in a convertible

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A solid roof

N of course nothing speaks against the use of a youngtimer convertible in winter, as long as the car is thoroughly protected against rust. The convertible is often the only vehicle in the household. then you should think about using a hardtop, which practically turns the car into a coupé. The fixed roof is also worth recommending for anyone who regularly drives in snow and ice or who park their convertible outdoors. It is gentle on the sensitive fabric or vinyl top, usually insulates better and reduces the background noise. However, a hardtop is not available for every convertible.

The electricity must flow

Before you can start with the wintry convertible tour, the engine must be started. If that doesn't work right away, the battery is usually to blame. Because without electricity there is no trip. Before winter, it is essential to visually inspect the capacity of the starter battery and all cables (insulation). The colder it gets, the more brittle the sheaths of the cable harness become. So do not strain the cables when the temperature is below zero.

Charge weak batteries and replace if necessary. Intelligent (maintenance) chargers can occasionally reactivate the battered batteries. Contacts and connectors should be treated generously with penetrating oil.

So that nothing freezes

With a severe cold snap you should count at any time. Therefore, it is essential to adjust all cooling and window cleaning fluids to the expected temperatures in (late) autumn (in case of doubt, assume temperatures down to minus 30 degrees). An antifreeze in the radiator is also a good recipe against corrosion. It is best to keep the lock deicer in your jacket pocket - and not in the glove compartment. Because that's where it's good if you can't open the door.

Before long tours you should carry a 5 liter canister of windscreen cleaner in the trunk. The big winter windshield cleaner test proves that expensive doesn't always mean the same thing.

For perfect propulsion

Nothing works without the right winter tires (even if it isn't snowing). Outdated winter tires (hardly any wet grip) 'lumber' and belong aloneFor the sake of your own safety, throw it away in the garbage, and you should also avoid extremely cheap tires, as they usually do much worse than branded products in snow, mud and moisture. Especially in winter, the few square centimeters of contact surface of the tires represent a safety reserve - good if you don't skimp on it.

Greasing protects against damage

All rubber elements, i.e. the sealing strips on doors, windows and trunk as well as the sealing rubbers of the convertible top, can freeze in winter, fix together - and then be damaged when opening. Corresponding rubber care pens from the accessory trade provide a remedy. Our fathers and grandfathers took deer tallow or glycerine - and they did well with it.

All mechanical parts of the body and the roof should also be prepared for use in the cold season by carefully fixing the hinges, levers and joints and the locks are best treated with graphite grease.

Off to winter storage

If you rarely or never move your convertible in winter, you should have it in a Park the garage in a dry and well-ventilated garage. Windows should definitely be opened a crack and the roof should be closed but not locked. An air-permeable cloth (e.g. made of cotton) or a special vehicle cover keep dirt and dust away from the vehicle during the cold season.

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