Ways to Care for Your Mercury Commuter
The Mercury Commuter is a full-sized station wagon manufactured from the 1950s to the 1960s. With 800 pounds of chrome and ornate interiors, you will feel as if you were transported back in time. This vehicle makes an amazing project for classic car enthusiasts, and if you rebuild it right, it is also a great hauler of light- to medium-weight objects. If you have this trusty car in the garage, you can take advantage of its features by keeping it well maintained.
Damp has been known to destroy cars, particularly the classic ones, which is why you need to make sure that your Mercury Commuter is 100% free from it. Not only does dampness cause rust, but it also deteriorates electrical components and ruins interiors. If you are keeping your Commuter in the garage most of the time, make sure that its area is waterproof and that air can circulate inside, which can help minimize dampness. If possible, leave a window open or a small gap under the door to allow air to circulate. If you want to put a cover on your vehicle, make sure that the material you're using is breathable and soft so that the moisture in the air doesn't get stuck between your car and the cover. Just make sure that your garage is dry and as dust-free as possible and you won't need a car cover.
- Maintain the battery properly.
The battery is what helps your Mercury Commuter start up and run as the electrical energy needed to make it work is stored in this component. Most batteries usually continue working for 5 to 7 years, so long as you maintain it well. If your car's battery needs to be filled with water, check the water level every 2 months to make sure that the water in it just touches the bottom of the refill hole. If you need to pour more, use distilled water only and do not overfill. Also, clean the battery terminals using a wire brush every 6 months. Rub the wire brush into a paste of baking soda mixed with distilled water, and gently scrub the terminal to remove dried acid build-up and other dirt. Lastly, coat the battery with grease that's made for high temperatures to protect it from rust and corrosion, which can cause your battery to stop working properly.
- Drive your car regularly.
Even though you never planned to use the Mercury Commuter as your everyday transport, you must drive it at least once or twice a month in order to keep it in good condition. Leaving an old car to sit in the garage for long periods of time will end up having its tires, seals, and lubricants breaking or drying out. Before you drive it, remember to warm up the car first before heading down the street, or the engine might stall. If you're scared of the paintwork getting damaged, wash it after every drive, and wax the surface occasionally as well.