How to Make Your Dodge D200 Pickup Last a Lifetime
There's certain appeal and familiarity to things that have become old and forgotten—just like vintage trucks, specifically the Dodge D200 Pickup. This truck defines toughness; in fact, it was made for both civilian and army use during the 1960s. Its durable and reliable design is the main reason why several collectors and vintage restorers invest on a D200 makeover. In case you are a proud owner of this powerful truck, here are some tips to help you make it last a lifetime:
- Refill your rear differential fluid.
This task, despite its benefits, is often overlooked by the average truck owner, mainly because it can be very daunting. You would have to uninstall the faceplate, drain the fluid, install a new gasket, and then refill it with fluid. It might be painful at first, but once you get used to doing this regularly, you can prevent large-scale repairs in the future and save money in the process. An important note to remember is to also consider investing in a more "high-end" fluid to ensure long-term performance. Low-end fluids might seem cheap, but they often have remnants or substances that can contribute to faster machine wear and tear.
- Bleed your brakes properly and change your brake fluid regularly.
Sure, you can simply uncap the reservoir, drain the old fluid, and refill it with new brake fluid—and there it is! It's done; no biggie. However, this haphazard method will surely speed up the deterioration of your D200's brakes because it doesn't remove the air bubbles in the lines, and it will still leave traces of the contaminated fluid inside. You have to spend some time bleeding the brakes and ensuring that your reservoir is filled with only clean brake fluid. You can also take your car to a specialist although this might set you back by $50 to $100.
- Clean your battery terminals.
Sometimes the biggest problems can be brought about by the smallest details—case in point, the battery terminals. If you have trouble starting your truck, it might be because your terminals have become too corroded, getting in the way of transporting power. Clean the terminals, then apply electrical grease so your battery can release maximum power.
- Replace the spark plugs and spark wires.
Spark plugs and wires tend to break easily, so if you are not sure of the maintenance history of your truck, it would be wise to get an OEM replacement to avoid inconvenience and maximize power and fuel efficiency.
Perform routine tire inspections to ensure that the tires are inflated with the right amount of air pressure. Driving with bad tires does not only affect fuel economy, but it can also cause additional and unnecessary stress to your suspension and engine systems.
- Prepare the truck properly should you decide to use it for towing and cargo delivery.
Manage the truckload before hitching it onto your Dodge D200. Check the manual and make sure you follow the advised cargo load capability of your truck. Inspect tires and tire pressure for both the trailer and the vehicle and make sure all lug nuts fit well.