Cadillac Series 60 Fleetwood: Common Maintenance Mistakes
If you want your good ol' Cadillac Series 60 Fleetwood to look fine and run well, then make sure that you're doing the right thing for proper auto care and maintenance. Beware of common maintenance mistakes since there are a lot of myths surrounding auto upkeep. To guide you, here's a short list:
- Using any quality-grade fuel
Premium fuel isn't always better. If your vehicle requires just the regular fuel, then you should just stick to it instead of filling your tank with premium-grade fuel. This will be a waste of money since premium-grade fuel doesn't necessarily improve performance. Higher-octane fuel is used for high-compression engines or engines that tend to run hotter. Premium fuel is prescribed for vehicles with this type of engine to prevent pre-ignition troubles. If you use premium fuel even if the vehicle doesn't require it, you'll have to watch out for lower fuel mileage and carbon and deposit buildup. On the other hand, if you use the regular type on a vehicle that requires premium fuel, the vehicle may suffer from engine damage and poor performance. This will only lead to higher maintenance costs in the long run. The fuel should meet or match the requirements of the engine.
- Washing the vehicle using dishwashing liquid or any laundry detergent
Although some would typically use dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent for washing the vehicle, this isn't safe at all for the finish of the vehicle. While this cleaning solution can remove dirt and leave the exterior squeaky clean, it strips off the wax finish of the vehicle. This is why it would be best to invest in car shampoo or car cleaner that can remove dirt easily without washing off the wax. The cleaner shouldn't contain harsh chemicals, which can be tough on dirt but also rough on the car's paint or finish. When washing the vehicle, every nook and cranny must be covered, including the wheel wells where mud, dirt, and grime can easily be stuck. Use a soft, clean cloth that can absorb moisture easily to prevent water spots. Apply some wax or protectant for UV protection. For best results, follow the instructions from the manufacturer strictly.
- Flushing the coolant every time oil is changed
You don't always have to flush the coolant with every oil change. You're wasting time and money. Some vehicles would require coolant replacement or refill every 60,000 miles or 5 years. This depends on the vehicle. Check your owner manual for the prescribed auto service and schedule. Although the coolant doesn't have to be changed as frequently as motor oil, it would be best to check it regularly. This way, you can see if there's any sign of a leak or if there's any other problem with the cooling system of the vehicle. Make sure that you maintain the right mixture for the coolant. The right mixture of antifreeze and water, which is usually 50-50, will keep the engine safe from freezing and boil-over. On colder months, you may have to adjust this mixture.