Dodge Conquest: Auto Care and Upkeep
The Dodge Conquest had its glory days in the ‘80s. The 2-door, turbocharged hatchback sports car captured the hearts of speed lovers and caught the eyes of many car enthusiasts. Some of these Conquests are in salvage yards, and some that survived were lucky enough to be lodged in a garage of some car collectors and auto enthusiasts. Taking care of an old car isn't for the faint of heart. Older cars can be more demanding and may need a little more attention than usual. But if you're up to the task, keep in mind some of these tips, so your old Dodge Conquest can still look and run well:
- Know what's up with the vehicle.
Thorough inspection of the vehicle will tell you which parts of the vehicle would need to be serviced right away and which ones can be worked on at a later date. You have to diagnose possible problems early on to avoid costly repairs. Consider which parts need to be replaced and which have to be upgraded. Explore your options. Even if you're a DIYer, it'll help to get advice from other specialists.
- Pay attention to the details.
Expect many parts of the older vehicle to get brittle because of its age. As part of the car maintenance regimen, you should be able to inspect not just the most crucial parts but also every little thing, including the gaskets, seals, bushings, and ball joints. These smaller pieces can make a difference in the performance of the vehicle. If they break completely or wear out severely, they can bring damage to other parts.
It'll also save you money if you'll be quick to fix even slight scratches, small dents, and barely visible scores on the exterior to avoid rust from setting in and spreading throughout. This will save you a trip to the auto body shop for a major body work or overhaul. Give it some thorough wash every once in a while to keep the paint fresh and the finish smooth as ever. Waxing it will help in preserving the smooth, shiny surface. The interior should also be kept clean, especially the carpet. You'd also want to look out for any tear on the upholstery.
- Don't skip the oil change.
Regular oil change can extend the life of the engine. With everything running smoothly, the engine can work with greater efficiency. Especially on older vehicles, you should check the engine oil every once in a while. Don't take too long to get this done. You wouldn't want to find out that the oil has silvery flakes in it or already has a consistency of curdled milk. What's worse, the engine lubricant may contain chunks of metal. Aside from changing oil, also be sure to replace the filter to keep harsh elements away from the oil system and traveling and transferring to other engine parts.
- Don't neglect your brakes and other crucial parts.
The brakes are among the most crucial parts of the vehicle. For your driving safety and convenience, you shouldn't allow the brake pads to get too thin or the brake rotors to wear out completely. You should also take good care of the cooling system to prevent overheating, which can deal irreversible damage to the engine. Change your filters and check your hoses and belts.