Classic Car Maintenance20th March 2018
Spring is on its way… As soon as those daff’s poke their heads through, we always start to contemplate getting back out on the road in our beloved classic cars!
We’ve put together our “5 Tips For Spring” to get your classic car out of winter storage with minimum fuss.
If applicable, then schedule your MOT for March time. This way if you’ve had your car in storage over the winter months, you’ll have a qualified inspector looking over it. They may just pick up on potential problems that you might have otherwise missed.
The battery. Depending on how you stored it over the winter, it’s time to start thinking about what next. If you disconnected the battery and stored it somewhere warmer, then time to get it charged and put back in. If it’s been on charge over winter, then get reconnected.
Check for any signs of corrosion before you start it too.
The classic walk around. Have a good look over and under your classic car. Underneath you’re looking for any leaks. You would expect to see some drips, but definitely no puddles!
Rubber does perish, so check hoses, tyres and belts for any cracks or signs of decay. Check tyre pressure as well as condition, and don’t forget the spare.
Check to make sure you haven’t had any lodgers over the winter, mice love it under seats, in the glove box, boot, have a look around and serve their notice if needs be – Be gone little squeakers!
Shine bright. Unfortunately for some (hilarious!), you could do with a mate to help with this. Check your lights, indicators and brake. Replace any bulbs that have gone.
Fluids. An oil change is highly recommended. Its common place for water and other fluids to find their way into the crankcase, so beat it before it becomes a problem.
If the transmission fluid smells burnt, then you will want to change that too. So check no to see.
If your classic car has been sitting for a while, then it’s worth considering changing the brake fluid too. They should feel firm when pressed, if in doubt, swap it out.
The coolant and windscreen washer levels should also be checked. Anything that looks dirty, just refresh.
You’re about ready to start her up! Go for a short drive initially, half an hour or so. Before heading out again, have another look around and check for leaks. With a bit of luck any winter prep and your spring checks have paid off so you’re ready for the summer. Get out and drive!
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