Maintenance tips

 

Since immobilised cars also ruin, don’t forget to check the following items when you go for a drive in your classic: state of the engine, radiator, filters, brakes, battery and the electrical components of the car. Outside the car, you should check the wiper blades and the lights. Regarding the tyres, you should check for deformations in their geometry caused by the vehicle’s immobilisation, excessive or uneven wear and make sure they have the right pressure.

 
 

Brakes

  Concerning the brakes of your car, remember that most brake oils are corrosive therefore the immobilisation of the car for long periods might cause rubber deterioration and problems in the brake cylinders.
   
 

Cooling

  At least once a month, verify the level of the coolant liquid. An engine without problems will not leak water, so if you notice constant leaks it is recommended to check the radiator and the pipe system. Sometimes the clamps may cause cuts in the pipes.
   
 

Engine oil

  The engine oil is another key element in your classic’s maintenance. You should opt for oil with a viscosity level suited to temperatures - a “multigrade” type of oil is appropriate to respond to temperature variations in summer and winter. In case you change the oil, it is recommended to change the filter as well.
   
 

Air filter

  In the season of higher dust concentration in the air, it is important to check the air filter, so as to improve your car’s performance and reduce consumption, as well as protect the engine from exterior impurities.
   
 

Rubbers

 

Since rubber elements are more sensitive to temperature variations and aging, it is important to verify the state of the belts.

   
 

Fuel consumption

  If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, avoid the temptation of turning off the engine, thinking that you’re saving fuel. The truth is that only after two or three minutes of immobilisation will the fuel burnt by starting the car be lower than the fuel consumed when the car is at idle. There is also the myth that the gear in neutral position will save fuel, but it is preferable to opt for a gear and let the car slide, by inertia.
   
 

Braking distance

  If another vehicle overtakes you, remember that the mechanical state of your vehicle might influence your braking distance, therefore you should adapt it to prevent accidents.
   
 

Cleaning

  Regarding cleaning, it is advisable to wash and wax your classic car, in order to preserve its original shine and to prevent the onset of rust spots. Cleaning work should be done in the shade and not when the car’s body is hot, to avoid stains.
   
 

Sunlight

  Choose shaded parking spots, since direct exposition to sunlight might damage the vehicle’s internal and external components. If possible, leave the windows half-open to allow air circulation and even if downright unsightly, use sun visors. Let the engine cool down at idle for one or two minutes before turning it off.
   
 

Emergency Kit

  An emergency kit might be useful in the event of an accident. We recommend: first aid kit, battery cables, towing cables, jack, air pump, 2 kg fire extinguisher and a 1,5l bottle of water.
   

 

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