FAQs—Chrysler Windsor Series
What are the best tips to care for the engine of my Chrysler Windsor Series? You see, I want to keep its power and performance as much as possible.
Fuel is food for the engine, but it cannot work when the oil is bad or already drained. The best way to care for it can be attributed mainly to the engine oil since the lubricant is considered as its lifeblood. If the engine doesn't get enough of it, the moving parts can adversely damage each other. The bearings, for instance, can fail as they rub against the crankcase without enough lubrication. So you must check the oil level in the pan using the dipstick, or be wary about oil leak caused by torn or cracked gasket. However, problem will still arise even with enough supply if the lubricant is of low quality or needs oil change already. Engines need their oil changed at regular interval. As for your classic car, you may need to do the drill earlier.
It will also be very helpful if you drive your car around town from time to time. That should give it an exercise and prevent the engine parts from getting rusty in performance. Others believe it would be best to no longer drive the classics, due to unwarranted worries. And so, they simply restart the engine, leave it running for quite some time, and then, turn off. But that would only worsen the engine's health.
Do you think I should still add aluminum intake manifold to my classic car? I'm worried it's going to put a lot of negatives on the value.
While classic car enthusiasts would want every bit of a Chrysler Windsor Series original, owners would want it to perform at its best. Original parts, when well-maintained, will definitely keep the car's appraisal value constantly going up year after another because they are kept in the way that they could perform at their best. The maintenance cost is then minimal as compared to the actual value of the car. Keeping the original intake manifold performing at its best will then take care of your worries and the enthusiasts' all at the same time.
If you really want to add spice to the engine's power, though, the aluminum intake manifold will not create remarkable impact on value. With its aluminum material that weighs a lot lighter, the change will only affect power to weight ratio. Such minimal alteration will benefit the engine from the optimized air flow brought about by the aluminum intake manifold. If the original part is still in good condition, simply keep it for future use.
My transmission started grinding already. Can it still be mended? What should I do?
Grinding is a sign of trouble with the gears in the transmission box, a more common problem with manual transmission systems, such as that of your Chrysler Windsor Series. A grinding noise or a grinding tension resurfaces every time you shift gears, usually occurring between two gears. The problem can be due to high mileage, but oftentimes, it is because of insufficient lubricant within the system. If left unattended, you may end up with the need to overhaul, repair, rebuild, or replace the transmission itself. You better let an expert mechanic check your transmission immediately.