Taking care of an old car is like taking care of anything that’s delicate. You need to give it attention, anticipate what might contribute to deterioration and realize that it may not be capable of doing what it once did.
Caring for a classic, especially Jaguars, Land Rovers, Aston Martins and Bentleys, pays off in the sheer enjoyment of maintaining a work of art. But, from extending the life of your engine, to reducing the cost of keeping the cars on the road, there are many practical payoffs too.
5 Ways to Keep Your Old Car Running Longer
A lot of this is common sense, but some of it you might never have considered. In any case, all of them will keep older cars in good shape for the long run.
- Keep it Clean – Regular cleaning of the car inside and out will help preserve the finish and materials of the car. While it may not actually help the run longer, when you wash your car, it maintains its good looks and motivates you to do what is needed to keep it on the road.
- Change the Oil & Filter Often – This is the single best thing you can door for your engine. Excessive wear and tear is an engine killer.
- Keep All Other Fluids Fresh & Full – Brake fluid, transmission fluid, differential oil and coolant for the cooling system all work together to keep the engine limber and performing well. There’s no reason to neglect them.
- Regularly Check the Wheel Bearings – Especially in Toronto’s salty road conditions during the winter, wheel bearings can rust and turn into a costly repair. Check and re-grease the bearings as needed at each service interval.
- Check the Tires – Uneven wear and low tire pressure put added stress on the car. Regularly rotate your tires and check your tire pressure every time you gas up. It will improve your gas mileage too.
From keeping it out of the sun and rain to repairing it with authentic Land Rover Jaguar parts and service, you’ll be doing everything you can to extend the life of your classic car.
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