Thursday November 13, 2014
It is important that you prepare your classic car for wintertime, just like you would prepare yourself for the harsh weather and cold temperatures. It is unlikely that you will go out in the freezing cold with just a t-shirt, unless you are Bear Grylls. Cold weather puts a stronger demand on your vehicle's output and running gear. Ensuring that you vehicle is ready to face the extreme winter weather and temperatures will make you feel more at ease when you get behind the wheel to take it for a spin on a bright wintry day.
Checking your fluid levels should be something that you do all year around on a routine basis, espeically on older cars. This is a very simple task that will only require a few minutes of your time. You can do this before you start your vehicle to head out for the day or when you are filling up with fuel. Having low anti-freeze levels can cause your car to potentially overheat, which can lead to other major problems. Low oil levels can cause your vehicle's motor to burn out. If this happens then this can be game over for your car. Older cars use more oil traditionally than modern engines. Keep some oil in the car at all times in the boot, and check the levels weekly.
Flush Your Coolant System
You should consider having your cooling system flushed through. This will rid the cooling system of any debris and muck that has built up over time. If your cooling system does not work very well it can lead to the heating system to malfunction. This means, you are going to have very cold journeys, which may put you off your classic car altogether. A certified mechanic can flush your system and check all your fluid levels as well at the same time.
The bane of British roads, come winter. Classic cars are not built like modern ars and find it difficult to withstand the salt, espeailly on the underneath of of your car on the chassis. If you can afford it, get your car wax oiled. this is a special solution applied to the underneath of the car to protects against rust, essentiall for our roads. If you have been driving several times a week in winter, you need to jetwash your car as well periodically to remove any salt.
Another crucial aspect of your car come winter. Depending on the mileage you do in your classic car you may want to invest in winter tyres, they are so much better in the icy conditions than standard road tyres and if you save you the hassle of claiming on your classic car insurance if you spin your car out on normal tyres instead of going for the winter equivalent. Also check your tyre pressures weekly, if you are losing too much tyre pressure, then you could have a slow puncture, this is why it is good to do weekly, as good tyres tradtionally do not lose a lot of pressure.