Plymouth Belvedere Maintenance: Tips to Keep Your Classic Alive and Running in the Years to Come
Regardless if you own the two-tone model, the Sport Coupe, the one embodying the "Forward Look," or the model sporting the Coke bottle styling, one thing is for sure: your Plymouth Belvedere has been on the road for like a couple of decades now. Perhaps, it has given and is still giving you a good run that you decided to keep it instead of letting it retire and selling it. Now, if you still want to see your Belvedere on the road in the coming years, you have to do your part in providing it with special care and attention. Here are some tips on how to you can take good care of your classic Plymouth vehicle:
Besides cleaning the engine, it's important to make sure that it breathes well. This means, ensuring that the intake system takes in enough fresh air so it can inhale well and the exhaust system allows it to exhale by excellently getting rid of combustion by products. For the intake system to let more clean air inside the engine, the air filter must always be clean and not plugged up; replace the filter as soon as it gets clogged or when your manual says it's due for replacement. Check also the engine's timing belt, making sure it isn't loose and doesn't have signs of damage. Since the engine oil is what keeps it going, don't pass up on the scheduled oil change. Always keep the engine oil level above minimum and replace it with a fresh fluid according to your manual's suggested schedule and interval.
- Have a regular brake time.
Sometimes, the brakes draw the line between a safe drive and a disastrous one. So even if you're no longer using your Belvedere often, it still pays to make sure that its brakes are working well and are capable of bringing your ride to a halt whenever necessary. Check the brakes based on the schedule stated in your manual or whenever you noticed something strange such as unusual sound when braking, vibration in the brake pedal and steering wheel, excessive brake dust, and other signs of brake problem. Make sure to replace the brake pads on time or when you noticed that they have worn beyond the legal minimum thickness. Warped rotors should also be resurfaced or replaced.
- Maintain its inner and superficial beauty.
Of course, it will be more rewarding if you can flaunt your Plymouth's classic beauty. So make it a point to maintain your ride's timeless appeal. Give a good bath regularly, and even if you're keeping it in a covered garage, take time to wax its surface not only to restore its sheen but also to bead away water and keep its exterior panels protected against rust-causing elements. Depending on the type of wax, its effect can last from 45 days up to a year. When it comes to the cabin, a portable vacuum can be your best friend as it makes maintenance a lot easier and faster by sucking up loose dirt and dust. It is also important to clean and protect the leather, vinyl, and plastic surfaces in the cockpit. Make sure, though, that you use the cleaner and protectant that's designed for the surface you are applying them on.