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11 checks to make before your first springtime drive

If you’re reading this, you almost certainly have a non-daily-driven enthusiast car somewhere in a locked garage. Coronavirus notwithstanding, it’s time to unlock the door, let that puppy out, fire it up, and drive it.


But you need to check a few things first.


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I've discovered that rodents can be dissuaded from using the large, OEM style air cleaners (those with paper filters) as nests or winter storage by covering the inlets either with a piece of expanded metal or plastic mesh (used as gutter covers) or stuffing the opening with a big wad of coarse steel wool.  Just leave a note on the front seat as a reminder to remove it.  You can also use the mesh to cover larger openings, such as heater intakes.