How to Make your Dodge B-1 Truck Last Longer
The Dodge B-1 truck was once the finest and most advanced truck during its time. It had a handsome cab style and a much improved driveability factor, which made it the number one truck back in the days. If you happen to have this in your garage, then you must be proud. Your Dodge B-1 may be old but that doesn't mean that you should retire it. You can still keep it in excellent running condition. All you have to do is to know how to properly maintain it. Here are a few basic truck care tips you can do on your Dodge B-1:
- Make sure that your valve cover gasket is in good condition.
You should keep an eye on your valve cover gasket because it keeps the gap between the engine and the valve cover sealed. It is made of rubber or cork and because of this, it will deteriorate faster than the metal parts of your engine. If it has become brittle, it can easily crack, and if it has cracks, engine oil can leak out of it. It can be quite hard to determine if the oil is leaking because of a deteriorated valve cover gasket since the oil leaks slowly. Yes, the leak may be slow, however that does not mean that it should be left as it is. It should still be fixed immediately because the engine might overheat, and the engine oil can find its way into the exhaust manifold, cause fire, and then release hazardous fumes.
- Check if your window regulators are working properly.
One of the most common issues in older vehicles is the window regulator. You might think that it is just a window regulator, but imagine how hard and annoying it can be if your windows won't roll up or down when it is starting to rain. It is not hard to tell if your window regulators have gone bad. If your glass window hesitates to go up or down, doesn't go up or down at all, moves up or down at an angle, or makes abnormal noise when you roll your windows up or down, it means that your window regulator is already damaged or worn out. If you are experiencing this, you can easily replace it with a new one.
- Maintain a rust-free Dodge B-1.
Rust is a common issue with old vehicles because they are made from rust-prone steel. It is imperative that you meticulously inspect all parts of your truck for any signs of rust. Every nook and cranny must be checked, especially the floors, gas tank area, rocker panels, fenders, spare tire well, front strut tower assembly, bottoms of doors, trunk, and hood. Once rust starts to develop, it will be harder to stop it. So before it gets any worse, it should be prevented from developing instead. Keeping your truck clean is one effective way of keeping it free from rust. A good wash at least once a week will do the trick.