I inherited my father's love for classic cars that's why I instantly fell in love with the 1975 Cadillac Calais I spotted at an auto exchange shop. I purchased it without any second thoughts. Since it's a bit outdated and I reckon the tires need some boosting, I'm thinking about getting new wheels and tires. So, what should I keep in mind when choosing?
You should already have a list of considerations prior to touring a tire store. The first thing to consider is the tread life. You know for certain how the tires operate and the kind of challenge they face day by day. You should keep in mind the life expectancy of your tire, based on how the manufacturer has designed it. While the federal government imposes guidelines, tread wear, temperature resistance, as well as traction would all depend on the manufacturer's reliability and commitment to deliver. Next, consider how the tire could well cope with the inclement weather. Do you prefer a four-season kind of tire? Or would you rather change it based on the season? Then there is the speed rating to think about. Could the tire satisfy your hunger for speed? Lastly, what kind of ride quality is the tire able to deliver? If a cheaper tire would just give you a bumpy ride, then why not settle for a pricier one that could give you a smoother ride?
Help! The driver's side window of my Calais is jammed. I've got an open garage, and the inclement weather these days would not help. I tried everything but it would not budge.
Car windows go up and down because of what is known as the window regulator. A jammed window is a common complaint of car owners, and the usual culprit is either a broken cable or an entirely bad window regulator. Depending on the damage, windows may just be re-aligned or replacement of the window regulator itself may be recommended. Before any repair or replacement must be done, it is only proper to conduct due assessment. Your technician would have to take off the door cover to specify the actual defective part—could it be the window switch or the window motor, or perhaps the wirings, or the connectors? For a problem like this, it is imperative to trust only a professional service technician to restore your windows in good condition.
Why do I need to rust proof my vehicle? What would happen if I forego it?
Modern cars have been initially rust proofed. However, classic cars have been manufactured long before rust proofing technology got well defined. Rust, in its very nature, arises when iron and oxygen mix up with air or water. Since your vehicle is exposed to the inclement weather, there is no doubt that corrosion could take place anytime. Just imagine if your hood starts getting rusty. Not only would the hood look ugly but also the rust would spread like rashes and affect the components under it. There is a need to rust proof your car if you want it to last longer and its components to function smoothly and deliver the kind of ride you expect from it.