5 Tips to Get Your Stored Acura NSX Ready for Spring
Built for high-performance driving, the Acura NSX is the epitome of a supercar—fast, powerful, furious—with its hybrid powertrain, three electric motors, and twin-turbo V6 engine with 573 hp. And while it never fails to turn heads, especially once it snarls and ravages the road with speed, the NSX has one weakness: it is not really built for the cold. Often, NSX owners have a back-up car to be used for winter, and it is left in the garage as it doesn't sit well with snowy and iced pavements. Since it was left exposed to the cold and unused for months, it would be best to conduct a few steps to prepare the NSX before taking it out for spin in spring. Here are some tips to prep your NSX after long-term storage:
Perhaps the most important step in prepping your car after storage is to check the battery. The rule of thumb is to never attempt to start or boost the car if the battery is half-drained. You might damage the engine if you attempt this. If it was on a maintainer or tender, make sure the battery is fully charged before starting it. If it was depleted, forget about trying to use it to crank up your NSX.
- Get rid of the gunk in and out of your trunk.
Cold weather has likely helped in building up your car's collection of gunk and unwanted dirt (which you promised you'd take out once the sun comes out). Vacuum your interior carpets and seats, wash down your exterior with soap and water, and blast down the undercarriage and wheel wells using a hose to remove salt buildup.
- Inspect your vehicle for any sign of rust.
The winter weather provides the ideal moist condition for rust to spread out across the metallic components of your vehicle. Treat affected areas right away by applying fresh wax and other cleaning products to remove winter grime and prevent rust from damaging important parts. You can also open the hood and check the cables and terminals for corrosion. Inspect your lines and hoses and look for signs of leaks. Check for loosened plugs, springs, seals, and fittings. Clean and replace parts as necessary.
- Test your engine oil and examine fluid levels.
Make sure there is adequate engine oil in the engine and refill it as needed. You can also change the oil just to make sure that you maintain your engine's health. Check the fluid levels of your coolant, fuel, power steering, and brakes. Use an octane booster and mix it with the fuel to avoid causing a rough run for the engine.
- Bleed your brakes and check their function.
Drain, flush, and refill the brake system with the right fluids. Bleed the brakes and then check if operation at all wheels is working well. The brakes' press down and release mechanism must be firm and smooth. There should be friction within the brakes; you can check this by rotating each rear wheel one at a time, while an assistant is gradually applying the hand brake.