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Guide to Classic Car Maintenance

People tend to have the idea that classic cars do require a significantly more intricate level of maintenance that must be done on these vehicles.  This is a true assumption.  Classic cars are valued for their perfection and their beauty, and they are made of much older stuff than newer cars are.  The fact of the matter is, these cars do need a lot more care and regular maintenance and upkeep than newer cars do.

Logically, a car that’s only a few years old will not be all that much different from the day that it was made.  A car that is several decades ago will most definitely need a lot more attention though, as its internal parts and different aspects will need to be addressed on a regular basis for the car to be maintained well.

Listed below are some of the key projects that need to be done on your classic car, regardless of how much you use it:

1.Wash your car regularly. This could not be stated enough times.  Experts generally speaking recommend that classic cars be washed and waxed once a month in order to keep up appearances and to ensure that they still look grand. Remember to wash and rinse the undercarriage, especially when it comes to classic pickup trucks that might already have some problems on their undercarriage from previous use. Road debris can lead to issues with rust and corrosion on any classic car, so be sure that you wash and clean them regularly.

2. Make sure that you don’t forget to lubricate your drivelines on your classic car. Most classic cars feature driveline components that should be lubricated every 2-3 months. This includes all grease fittings and u-joints for the cars.  Cars these days do not need this level of attention, but classic cars do.  The fact of the matter is, this is simply one of the chores that must be done to keep a classic car running well and smoothly.

3.Coolant flushes are equally important as lubricating drivelines are. Once a year, you should flush out the cooling system of any antique cars and trucks you own and be sure to be diligent about this. Doing so prevents corrosion within the cooling system and allows the whole system to experience a good cleansing.  Most classics will require a 50/50 mixture of distilled water and antifreeze that all combine to make for a properly cooled engine, but make sure that the mixture is drained, the system flushed, and the system refilled with fresh mixture once a year, usually in the spring time.

4.Classic cars require annual bleeding and replacing of brake fluid too, another thing that newer cars generally speaking do not need as much. Brake fluid is required in order for your car to maintain its stopping power, and since classic cars often weigh a lot more than newer cars of similar sizes, you want those brakes to be operating at their best possible stopping power. Brake fluid has a tendency to collect moisture too, so this is just another reason to service this area of the car. If it collects too much, brake failure will occur, and that is absolutely not something that you want to have happen when you’re driving the car.

5.Check your oil levels before each drive and do this diligently.  Classic cars have a tendency to go through oil more quickly than newer cars do.  So, unless you are driving your vehicle on a daily basis and unless you have had your oil system completely redone, you will need to check the oil prior to each drive you take with the car. If your classic car develops a leak, it can result in some expensive engine repairs that can be a lot more costly than ordinary maintenance to the vehicle.

We love our classic cars, and we are willing to do the work on them that is necessary to keep them running well and smoothly. Listed above are just some of the most important things that you can do, but this is by no means a complete list.  Be sure that you study information about your car in particular and learn what you need to do to keep it in tip top shape.

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