Drivers who own classic cars know the many joys they can bring. There is no better feeling in the world than a cruise in the countryside or down Main Street on a gorgeous day, but many of these gorgeous antique cars and trucks require special maintenance because they are not driven on a regular basis.
Here are a few maintenance items you need to know about:
1. Wash your car regularly. Experts recommend that classic cars be washed and waxed once a month in order to keep up appearances. Remember to wash and rinse the undercarriage, especially when it comes to classic pickup trucks. Road debris can lead to issues with rust and corrosion.
2. Don’t forget to lubricate your drivelines. Most classic cars feature driveline components that should be lubricated every 2-3 months. This includes all grease fittings and u-joints.
3. Coolant flushes are equally important. Once a year, you should flush out the cooling system of any antique cars and trucks you own. Doing so prevents corrosion within the cooling system. Most classics will require a 50/50 mixture of distilled water and antifreeze.
4. Classic cars require annual bleeding and replacing of brake fluid. Brake fluid is required in order for your car to maintain its stopping power. Brake fluid has a tendency to collect moisture. If it collects too much, brake failure will occur.
5. Check your oil levels before each drive. Unless you are driving your vehicle on a daily basis, you will need to check the oil prior to each drive you take. If your classic car develops a leak, it can result in some expensive engine repairs.
Even though they require a bit of maintenance, driving classic cars is so much fun that it is worth the effort. If you are interested in experiencing the joy that owning a classic car can bring, contact Vanguard Motor Sales or stop by our showroom today!