FAQs—Chevrolet Del Ray
The dashboard lights on my Chevrolet Del Ray won't come on. What's going on with my car?
When finding the cause of this problem, you need to do so methodically and try the simplest solutions first, such as checking the control switch. If it seems to be in good condition, your next step is to inspect the dashboard light fuse. This is actually the most common cause of electrical problems in your car. A blown fuse can disable the components it's connected to, such as your dashboard lights. If it's burnt, replace it with the exact type of fuse in order to avoid another electrical failure. If the fuse is fine or if replacing it doesn't help, test the dashboard light bulbs. Take out the bulbs one by one from the dashboard and examine the filaments for signs of damage. If the glass inside a bulb is charred or discolored, get a new light bulb that's the exact type as the old one. Before installing the new light, apply grease on the metal base to increase the bulb's longevity.
The hubcaps of my Chevrolet Del Ray are rotating when I drive, and they seem to be damaging the valve stem. Is there a way for me to hold them in place?
When you restore a classic car like a Chevrolet Del Ray, all of its wheels are usually freshly painted, which gives the hubcaps little to bite into to keep them from turning on the wheels while braking or driving. The simplest solution for this is to simply bend the hubcap tabs out a little to apply more tension to the wheel. However, if that fails, remove the hubcaps and clean the spots where the tabs engage the wheel. Then, mask off these areas in two or four locations spaced out around the wheel, and apply a thin layer of clear silicone caulk. Carefully remove the mask and let the silicone cure overnight. This silicone will provide good adhesion to the wheel and give the hubcaps something to bite into.
The Chevrolet Del Ray I am trying to restore is making weird noises. How can I tell where it's from and what it could mean?
By simply listening to your Chevrolet Del Ray, you will be able to troubleshoot problems. If you hear a high-pitched squeal that stops when you turn off the engine, then you need to readjust or replace the driving belt. If the noise continues even after the engine has shut off, check the radiator pressure cap and see if the rubber gasket is worn. Replace the component if necessary. If something is ticking in a rhythmic pattern while your car is on idle, shut off the engine, wait ten minutes for it to cool and the oil to settle, then check the oil level. If it's below the marker, you might have a leak. If your engine has enough oil, you need to check the valve adjustment. If you hear a loud tapping or knocking sound in the engine, you need to pull to the side of the road immediately and call for service. The source of the sound may be due to a broken component or carbon buildup, which could destroy the engine if left alone.