The 5 Basic Steps of Classic Car Maintenance
These are 5 basic and most useful tips for optimal classic car maintenance.
1. Proper storage
Proper storage of your classic car comes first and foremost, whether it's a reserved spot in your garage or a designated car cover. Outside elements such as rain, dirt, or even too much sunshine can cause avoidable problems such as rusting, scratches, or paint fading. When you plan to keep your car in the garage for longer periods of time, don't forget proper storage also takes into account waxing, greasing, and draining fluids.
2. Regular cleaning routine
Having a set routine and schedule for washing your classic car will not only keep it clean, but it will also work to ensure intricate details of your car such as the trim, rubber lining, and other more hidden parts are cared for. This will prevent deterioration in places that are usually overlooked. The type of car shampoo and other cleaning equipment used is also important. Choose scrubs and mitts that pull contamination away from the paint without damaging it, and can loosen dirt and sand without leaving scratches. Cleaning agents should be rich in lubricants to preserve the protective coating of your car while gritty particles. Lastly, using different sets of towels for each part is an important part of drying. Microfiber cloths are a staple, but you can also obtain tire-specific or glass-specific towels for best performance.
3. Regular oil change
Engine oil change is an intrinsic factor in maintaining your classic car. A regular oil replacement schedule of once per 3,000 to 5,000 miles is ideal. Be sure to take your car out for a drive and warm it up at the start of the process, though, to facilitate easier oil drainage.
Don't forget to drive your car! Most classic car collectors usually have several vehicles in storage, but only use one or two on a daily basis. However, what many people forget is that proper maintenance includes usage and making sure your car gets the exercise it needs. It doesn't need to be taken out every day, but regular attention will ensure that the car stays at peak performance and condition. Don't be afraid of natural elements - you will have to do cleaning and washing regardless of whether it gets exposed to the outdoors or not! A breath of fresh air will be good for both you and your car.
5. Avoid overheating
While car engines are designed to run efficiently at high temperatures, it is common knowledge that overheating it can cause serious problems. However, overheating is especially more dangerous for classic cars, as they were not necessarily built for modern conditions. A healthy interval of care and inspection of the cooling system will prevent these types of problems, especially during hot, summer months, and guarantee no interruptions while you're out on the road with your classic car.