duminică, 22 mai 2016
Classic Car Maintenance Tips - World Of Classic Cars -
Classic car ownership will never be without issues when it comes to maintenance and repair; scarcity of parts, the sheer age of the vehicle, and historical problems with the marque can all be parts of the process. Budget concerns are always a big factor when dealing with vintage vehicles, and often the cost of restoration and maintenance can out-strip the amount paid for the car.
Maintain your battery – keep it charged through regular outings, and remove it if putting your vehicle in storage. The RAC attend nearly 380,000 battery-related breakdowns a year, often due to poor conditioning and charge depletion.
Closely monitor levels of your car’s fluids. Engine coolant, antifreeze, oil and brake fluid should all be checked regularly, particularly during the winter months. This is particularly important in older, or less well conditioned cars that may experience leaks or other similar issues. Also check any rubber piping relating to these fluids to ensure proper function.
This may seem somewhat obvious, but when purchasing your classic car or committing to any repairs or complex maintenance, ensure availability of replacement parts first. Proper maintenance is impossible without the right parts for the right vehicle, and a lack of such will only hinder efforts to keep your car on the road and up to scratch.
Schedule regular maintenance. It’s always best to identify potential problems before they become real issues. Include a full inspection, carefully checking your car top to bottom. Clean out all the nooks and crannies, including lights and indicators. There’s nothing worse than a crippling (and expensive) problem occurring that you could have spotted and prevented at an earlier stage.
Make sure to start your car up on a regular basis, even if you can’t take it for a spin. This is particularly important if you aren’t driving your classic regularly. Where possible, start the engine and get it up to running temperature for a few minutes. This should help prevent seizing in any of the moving parts, and may even help with the identification of running problems.
With these five tips under your belt, maintenance of your classic car should become a little easier. All of them are easy enough to achieve without the intervention of a mechanic or dealer, so should help keep costs below the budget limit. Classic cars will always be somewhat more expensive to maintain and run than regular, modern road cars. The sheer pleasure derived from them, however, is unassailable.