I still have my Dodge Aspen until now because it gives my garage a sense of glamour. Lately, I noticed that it's starting to rust, even with all the rust proofing methods I did last year. Someone told me to include the use of rust converter in treating it. Is that true? How does it work?
Yes, you can try using a rust converter especially on rust hotspots. As its name implies, the rust converter transforms the rust on the car's body and metal panels into an organic iron complex. As it dries on the surface after application, it becomes a water-resistant barrier against rust-causing elements like moisture and oxygen. Before applying a rust converter, make sure to get your Dodge washed first to get rid of dirt, road salt, and other corrosive elements. Pay particular attention to the wheel arches and your ride's underside. Allow the vehicle to dry thoroughly. It is also wise to apply generous amount on rust hotspots or in areas of your ride where corrosion is most likely to begin. Allow the rust converter at least six hours to work before applying cavity wax, and other rust treatment.
I am storing my Dodge Aspen for the winter. A friend told me that it would be better if I drain all its fluids to avoid buildup of gum and varnish. Should I also empty my tank of fuel?
No, you shouldn't do that with your fuel as draining your gas tank can damage your Aspen's fuel pump, and this translates to costly repair and replacement. What you should do instead to prevent gunk buildup is to fill your tank and then pour in fuel stabilizer, making sure to put just the right amount as recommended in your manual or in the product label. Don't forget to drive your car around even just for 15 minutes; this way, the stabilizer can be mixed into the fuel and distributed throughout your ride's fuel system.
I've experienced tire flat-spotting several times, and many times, the tires go back to normal after driving for several miles except for the last time when flat spots became permanent. How can I prevent this from happening again?
If you are storing your ride for just a couple of weeks, you can prevent flat-spotting by driving it until it has completely warmed up and then putting it up on blocks once you get into your garage or storage location. By so doing, you are completely taking the load or weight off your tires. It is also advisable to reduce the weight of your car by taking unnecessary loads or stuffs out of the trunk or cabin. The tires shouldn't also be under-inflated as too little air pressure causes the tires to deflect more when they're in contact with the ground. Before taking it out of storage, it's best to check its tire inflation pressures first, and if necessary, reset them to the pressure recommended in your manual. If you still notice flat-spotting the first few minutes after you drive out of the garage, don't worry, that will eventually be gone after a few miles of driving. Flat-spotting commonly happens during winter or colder months after parking the vehicle overnight or for a couple of days/weeks.