Plymouth Belvedere II Maintenance: 4 Tips to Make It Last Longer
If you own a Plymouth car, then consider yourself lucky. These cars were made to last and were equipped with the best engine and features a Plymouth could offer. Your Plymouth Belvedere II for example may have been manufactured in the 1960s but if you know how to take care of it, you can drive it for many more years. The key is to know exactly how to take care of your vehicle—knowing what areas need attention especially since it's a vintage car. Fortunately for you, it's not all difficult to take care of a vehicle; you just need to follow a strict maintenance schedules and make any repairs that are needed before they become costly. Below are four tips on how you can keep your Belvedere looking good and performing better for a long time:
- Have your oil changed on time.
It may sound cliche; but when it comes to vehicle upkeep, you always need to pay attention to your engine's oil. And the most important thing here is to not stick to the 3,000 miles rule; it's not always true. Depending on your environment and driving conditions, you may need to change the oil every 2,500 miles and other times it might be 5,000 miles. The best thing to do is to change the oil according to the vehicle manufacturer's recommended service interval that matches your car's operating conditions. You also need to take your driving habits into account.
- Get your heating and air conditioning checked.
The air conditioning system is an important part of your vehicle not only because it keeps you comfortable but also because it keeps you in fighting fatigue while driving. If the interior is too hot, you might get too fatigued to drive and you risk crashing your car. If you want to preserve your Plymouth Belvedere II, you'd want to avoid such circumstances. It is imperative to have your ac unit checked at least twice a year. The compressor, condenser, evaporator and the pressure regulating devices are among the ones that you need to check when doing ac unit preventive maintenance.
- Make sure to check the tires.
One of the best ways to keep your car in top shape is by inspecting the tires and making sure that they are in good condition (proper tread depth) and have the correct amount of air pressure in them. Just like with properly working ac unit, you reduce the risk of getting in a car accident if you have a good set of tires. The first thing to check is the tread depths of all the four tires in your car as well as the spare. You should also check the tire pressure and make sure that all of them have the correct PSI level. Driving with incorrect pressure can affect your vehicle's handling and braking especially on wet roads; and this could seriously compromise safety. Make sure to check your tires at least once a month and before going on a long trip.
- Check the antifreeze and transmission fluid.
If your car does not have the correct mixture of antifreeze or enough transmission fluid, you could end up with a blown up engine. It's not only dangerous but also can cost thousands of dollars to fix. The best way to avoid having such problem is to regularly inspect the fluids according to the intervals prescribed on your owner's manual.