Every once in a while a car passes on the road that is unique from the others and turns a few more heads. Mostly during the summer, classic vehicles hit the road, attracting a significant amount of attention, but most people aren't aware of the work that goes into keeping these vehicles in the best possible condition.
Many drivers are now looking to purchase older vehicles that are considered classics, which was made obvious by a recently released R.L. Polk study that showed the average age of vehicles on the road has increased to 11 years after being only nine years back in 2000.
Auto experts recommend several tips to keep these classic vehicles in the best shape during the change of seasons.
Keeping brakes in the best shape
Keeping the brakes updated will ensure safety when stopping on the roads. Classic older vehicles require a little more attention than others, especially with the brakes where problems can lead to accidents on the road.
When inheriting an older vehicle, car owners are encouraged to bleed the brakes with the help of a friend, the right tools and a repair manual. If all of the previously mentioned are available, bleeding the brakes is just as easy as an oil change. Classic vehicle owners can tell if the brake fluid is in good shape or not by the color it appears to be. If the brake fluid is a clear, amber color, the system is likely the result of recently being rebuilt and well-maintained. When checking the brake fluid, if it flows out dark black and is filled with bits of rubber and dust, replacing the entire braking system on the vehicle is most likely necessary.
Changing the brakes on vehicles can be done by a person with intermediate knowledge of the process, which can be learned by visiting sites online or receiving instructions from a local auto parts store.
To keep the braking system in the best shape, the brake fluid should be replaced every two years. If the car is more than seven years old, the rubber brake lines should be replaced when major work is required. When the rotors or brake drums are required to be removed, the wheel bearings should also be replaced.
Caring for the cooling system
Hoses that are a part of the engine coolant system are the most often damaged parts of a vehicle. The hoses are required to transport high-pressure fluids, which can exceed temperatures of 240 degrees Fahrenheit. The hoses on older vehicles are more prone to fail as a result of other old parts on the vehicle. These components are more likely to break down at the worst possible times, including when it's extremely hot outside or severely cold. The coolant and heating hoses should be replaced if owners can't remember the last time they were. If the engine is already in need of replacing, the water pump and other hoses might as well also be replaced to ensure all the parts of in the best shape in case another part breaks down.
Keeping it from bad weather conditions
While it can be almost impossible to keep a vehicle from every downpour or heatwave that comes with the change of season, auto experts also recommend keeping it out of the elements. Freezing temperatures and sunlight have tendency to do the most damage to a vehicle's exterior and the components under the hood, which makes keeping it in a garage the best idea during the time weather conditions are the worst.