Tips to Keep Your Classic Dodge A100 Pickup Roadworthy
Just like wine, some cars just become more valuable with time. The Dodge A100 Pickup, which was manufactured and marketed from 1964 — 1970, has now become a very rare find making it even more valuable. But because of its age, you can't deny that the A100 Pickup requires regular maintenance in order to keep its roadworthiness. Even if you are not an expert in tinkering with cars there's a lot you can do for your Dodge A100 Pickup.
- Inspect tires for safety.
Your car's tires should always be checked whether they are properly inflated and aren't worn out. Take note that tires should be inflated according to the manufacturer's recommendation. Tire pressure changes with the temperature of the surroundings and this must be taken into consideration when inflating tires. You see, over-inflated tires can result to poor handling, harsh ride, and premature tire wear. On the other hand, under-inflated tires set off increased fuel consumption and tire overheating aside from poor handling and early wear.
Tire wear is another thing that you should watch out for. Worn-out tires don't have a good grip on wet pavement, which can make you lose control. Be aware that tires are considered worn out at 2/32".
Your pickup truck's required fluids need to be in proper level at all times to keep your car running smoothly. First thing to check is your engine oil. All you need is the oil dipstick. After dipping it in the oil, check the indicators for the amount of oil left in your engine. Since checking on the oil is that easy, you can do it every time you fill up with gas. Your transmission fluid must never be neglected since it helps keep your gears moving without any glitch. This fluid gets replaced between every 50,000 — 100,000 miles.
Keeping your car running cool is the responsibility of the coolant so, if this runs low or runs out, expect your car to overheat. This would be such an unfortunate thing especially if you're driving in a deserted area. So, before heading out, it would be very beneficial to check your car's coolant level.
- Refresh your truck's faded paint.
Since the A100 Pickup is a classic vehicle, its paintjob is something that you might want to touch up. If the original paint is faded, you can make it look like new simply by polishing and waxing. Before applying wax, put a little bit of polishing compound evenly on the surface. After it dries, put a good quality wax using a damp sponge applicator. Using a buffer or polisher is advisable only if you are well-acquainted with how they work.
- Keep the truck bed clean and dry.
The truck bed is prone to corrosion since it's exposed to harsh elements including dust, dirt, and moisture. Sweeping moisture from the truck bed will help prevent premature corrosion. But if you don't have the time to do this, there are linings that you can install to keep the bed protected from these harmful elements.