How to Fix Common Classic Car Problems

Posted on January 22, 2016 By

Classic cars are just like any ordinary car-all cars come with their own problems. They can be mechanical, physical or technical. If you wish to keep your classic car in perfect shape, then you will need first hand knowledge of how to take care of it, as it is very important. You must take it upon yourself to know the most common problems and issues faced by many classic car owners.

The most common of course are oil leaks. Leaks tend to happen in the valve covers, main seals and front seals. Once you find a leak, you must fix them as soon as possible. Make sure the old parts are completely removed from both valve covers.

Rubber seals located around the doors and windows are another common area of concern. The rubber help keep out external elements such as cold, rain and dust, but most seals wear down after constant use, sun and heat. Replace them if you can, by scraping it off using a knife. Remove the residual glue by cleaning it with denatured alcohol. Once it’s clean and all set, install the new seal and clean it occasionally using a vinyl treatment product. This will keep the rubber seal well for many, many years to come.

Be faithful when it comes to classic car maintenance. The most important area of maintenance is of course its appearance. It should be clean and polished at all times. Wash routinely using mild soap and car products using a soft sponge to remove all dirt that builds in the interior and exterior. To polish the car’s finish, use a good buffing product that doesn’t contain any harsh solvents. You will also want to always wax your car out of direct sunlight, as this can cause the wax to cake on the finish.

Do not clean the chrome the same way you clean your car! Use a different product designed to protect and clean the chrome and follow the instructions to the dot so the chrome remains shiny and rust-free for a long time.

These are just a few basic tips that anyone can do themselves. Keep them in mind at all times to keep your car looking great, and to help it hold a premium value, should you ever choose to sell it one day.