How to Keep Your Chevrolet Citation in Top Shape
The Chevrolet Citation was a groundbreaking vehicle when it was first introduced in 1980 and at one point was the best-selling automobile in America. Even though it is now considered a design failure, there are still those who aim to restore and even modify this classic car. If you're one of these hardworking enthusiasts, here are some tips to help you keep it performing well on your drives.
- Flush the cooling system every two years.
If you notice the coolant in your Chevrolet Citation's coolant reservoir has turned a different color or if you haven't changed the coolant in the last two years, then you need to flush the coolant out of the radiator. If you replaced your Citation's cooling system with a newer model, then it's most likely made of aluminum. This type of metal needs protection from corrosion in order to function properly, which only the coolant can provide. In order to properly drain the coolant, you first need to know how much of it is in the system. A Chevrolet Citation's coolant reservoir usually has the capacity of 617.55 cc. or 0.67 quarts, but if your cooling system including the reservoir is new then it should be able to hold much more than that. It is best to have the owner's manual on hand while you do this easy yet essential maintenance task to be sure of what you should do next.
- Check the tires regularly.
Proper tire care is important especially if you take your Chevrolet Citation out on a drive on a daily basis. And even if you only drive it once a week, make it a habit to take five minutes once a month to check the tires, including the spare, for any signs of damage. Also, whenever you refill the gas, inspect each tire to make sure that they are properly inflated. Under inflation can lead to tire failure, which results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular tread wear, and even loss of vehicle control. You can't tell if they have enough inflation pressure just by looking at them. A tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure without appearing flat, so it's best to have a tire pressure gauge to help you check.
The brakes of your Chevrolet Citation are crucial to your safety when you're driving, which is why it's important to inspect them at least once a month to make sure they're in good condition. Neglecting your brakes can lead to expensive repair costs, or worse, accidents. By paying attention to signs of worn brakes, you can care for the system and your car before it's too late. The most obvious indicator of worn brakes is a high-pitched squeal whenever you come to a stop. Many brake pad manufacturers included a little piece of metal on the pad itself, so when you hit the brakes and it touches this metal, this means that the pads are too thin and need to be replaced. Sometimes, however, this metal indicator rusts and falls off, and some brake pads don't even have this, so you need to inspect your brake pads periodically for any signs of wear or damage.