If you’re the owner of a classic European car like a Porsche or Volkswagen, you likely worry about how you can keep your vehicle free from damage over the years. By maintaining your vehicle on a regular basis, you’ll get peace of mind knowing your classic European car will live on for many more years.
Here’s how to maintain your classic car.
Check the Fluids
It’s important to monitor the levels of fluids in your vehicle, as low levels can cause damage. Here are some tips:
- Change the oil: Old oil or low oil levels damage your engine very quickly. Check the oil regularly and have it changed as directed.
- Change transmission fluid: You have to switch the fluids out in your classic car more often than in a regular car. Be sure to use recommended transmission fluids with the proper viscosity.
- Flush the cooling system: Flush the cooling system at least once a year to prevent deposits from building up.
Check For Rust
Classic cars can rust over the years due to their age. The proper application of lubricant to corroded areas is important to stop the spread. Keep your European vehicle stored away from sources of moisture as well.
Test the Brakes
Test the brakes regularly and be on the lookout for strange noises or feelings in the brake as you press down. Bleed the brake system once a year to get rid of air bubbles that could reduce the hydraulic pressure. Keep an eye on the brake pads because uneven wear will damage the rotors.
Clean Your Car
Protecting your classic car means cleaning it regularly. For the best protection, wash it once a week. Classic cars are more vulnerable to dirt and grime build-up, so don’t neglect regular washes.
Clean the interior and exterior, and don’t forget to hose down the undercarriage. Polish and wax your car regularly too, to protect it from the road and the weather.
Store it Correctly
To ensure it has the longest life possible, you’ll want to store your classic car in some kind of storage space, garage or covered unit. This will protect it from the effects of the weather and halt any corrosion that may be forming. Look for storage spaces that have finished floors, not gravel or dirt, which can introduce moisture into the car. Make sure there is adequate drainage on the floor as well. Keep your car out of the sun and at a consistent temperature.
Here are some more tips for long-term storage:
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Use a damp-free garage.
- Leave the windows cracked when in the garage to reduce musty odors.
- Don’t use the handbrake because they can seize up on older cars. Chock the wheels instead.
- Keep a full fuel tank: If your tank is half empty and you haven’t driven it in a while, condensation can form, and as a result, mold will too.
- Don’t use wipers: When planning to store your car for a long time, remove the wipers so they don’t freeze to the glass.
- Disconnect the battery so it doesn’t drain.
- Turn the tires: To avoid warping, bubbling or flat spots, take the vehicle out for a quick spin every once in a while.
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