following are some tips to help you have
a safe and fun fill summer of
TIRES: Having a flat tire or
blowout on the road is not only
irritating but can be very dangerous!
Check for proper inflation and unusual
wear patterns, as well an cuts and
tears. Be sure to check between the
tread for cracks. Replace them if they
EXTERIOR AND CHASSIS: Clean and
polish the body, chrome, brass and/or
nickel. Remove the dead bugs and other
residue like mud and tar globs. Grease
all the fittings just to be sure they
will accept grease. Donít forget to do
the springs that have gaiters or other
covers. Lubricate brake linkages, cross
shafts, cables, clevis pins, and while
your there, check cotter pins to see if
theyíre still in place. It might be a
good idea to check the brake linings and
adjustments for both the foot and
parking brake systems.
If your car
is young enough to have hydraulic
brakes, check for leaks, check for fluid
level in the master cylinder as well as
inspect the flex lines and wheel
cylinders. Since brake fluid absorbs
water, this might be a good time to
consider flushing the system and
replacing the fluid. The brake cylinders
that donít rust over the winter are the
ones that will work well in the spring.
under your car, this is a good time to
check your transmission and differential
for proper lubricant levels as well as
for signs of leaking. While youíre
looking, check the drive shaft and
universal joints, as well as the tie rod
ends and steering gear box. Be sure to
check for free play in your steering
system in general. See if you have any
crankcase or valve cover leaks or any
other oil leaks around the engine.
Engine: This is a good time to
warm up the engine and change the oil.
Stay with the same make of oil you've
been using but, depending on your
location and any anticipated winter use,
you may want to change grade. Check the
engine wiring, starter cables, spark
plug wires and any other wires found in
the engine compartment or under the
dash. Look for loose of frayed wires and
do something about them before you have
an electrical fire.
spark plugs and inspect them, and
replace them if necessary. Donít forget
the points and condenser either.
BATTERY: Make sure that itís
clean. You can wash it with a solution
of baking soda and water and then rinse
it off and dry it. Top off the fluid
level with distilled water. Never add
more acid to any battery.
discharge due to moisture and dust
across the top between the terminals.
Clean the terminals and posts, replace
and tighten them, then coat them lightly
with Vaseline. Donít coat the posts or
the terminals before you re-assemble
them, as that can cause a poor
connection which will result in a
voltage drop which causes poor starting
and erratic charging.
Radiator: Now is a good time to
change antifreeze, itís a good idea to
flush the cooling system before you add
the new solution. Youíll be amazed how
much crud can come out of your engine
and radiator. Even in warm climates most
manufacturers recommend a 50/50 mix with
water. (Distilled is a better choice
than tap water, since it wonít leave any
mineral deposits behind). . Check and
replace any hoses and clamps that do not
look up to snuff. Be sure to check your
fan belt(s). If your water pump has a
grease fitting, grease it with water
pump grease, not regular chassis lube.
Use a hand gun to keep the pressure low.
You donít want to blow out your seals!.
Clean all the bugs and other stuff from
SYSTEM: Rusty tanks is the
single major reason for breakdown on the
road. So be sure to replace that fuel
filter or if your car does not have on
these things taken care of, you should
rest easily and be ready to enjoy a
trouble free Classic Car.