Basic Dodge Diplomat Maintenance Tips
Your Dodge Diplomat may already be old and frail, but you still want it in its best. Being able to keep the value of your classic car gives that unexplainable fulfillment. The catch, though, is that classic car maintenance can really be time consuming, especially if damage has gone way too severe. A wise owner will not let problematic car parts end up that way because that will surely cost him big bucks. Give your old buddy its well-deserved TLC by strictly following proper maintenance schedule. Here are three ways:
- Give attention to your transmission.
Besides the engine, the transmission system works the hardest, thus it is also among those that get the most damage with the most frequency. The many moving components of the system deal with so much stress brought by heat and friction resulting from transferring power from the engine to the driveshaft. Major issues arise when it's not given the maintenance that it requires, especially that your Dodge Diplomat has already fought hard with long years of running.
Give attention to the main parts of your transmission system, including the filter. Make sure that it effectively blocks all impurities that go with the transmission oil. The usual problem of this part is getting clogged, and the solution is simple cleaning. If it's already worn, get a quality replacement that would help increase the mileage of the oil and the rest of the vital transmission parts. Keep your senses sharp for any signs of transmission problems such as grinding, burning smell, slipping transmission, and dragging clutch.
- Don't deprive your battery of the care it deserves.
Car battery issues often root from problematic terminals and clamp connections. But did you know that these are oftentimes caused by corrosion? If you have them regularly checked, corroded battery terminals and clamp connections will no longer add to other mechanical malfunctions needing more attention. Next time you pop your hood up, wipe off any acid and dirt that could be sitting right on your battery.
Low charge is also a common battery problem that has to be handled well. Do not let it get drained frequently because that will lead to total failure. Also watch your driving habits as that create great impact on the longevity of the battery as well. Short-distance drives, for instance, deprive periodic fully saturated electric charge. Furthermore, avoid loading your car with so many electric-powered accessories in order to save the battery from so many burdens.
- Do not take your spark plug for granted.
The spark plug is outright necessary right upon starting the engine of your Dodge Diplomat. But because the carburetor, injection system, and the electrical system have direct impact on the spark plug, it gets busted almost as frequently as the tires get worn. Although indispensable, it is often taken for granted, thus ending up inoperable.
For a classic car, having almost every system stressed through the years of running, expect your spark plug to require servicing or replacement earlier than the recommended interval specified in the owner's manual. Be wise to also do regular inspection, checking for carbon fouling, terminal nut wear, flash-over, corona stain, damaged metal shell, faulty firing end, and plug socket problems.