Top-of-the-line billing is always a good thing for any automobile, and with the Plymouth Satellite, it was well-deserved. Coming out in 1964, this mid-sized ride immediately turned a lot of heads. It bucked the trend towards curves with a trim that ran straight through from front to back. While it was boxy in appearance, this wasn't a minus for the Satellite. In fact, it made it look muscular long before the term 'muscle car' came into common usage. It's really little wonder that, in its 10-year production run, it dominated the mid-size market. Even when it was eventually replaced by the GTX towards the end of its decade, the Satellite continued to sell at an impressive rate.
The reasons why the Plymouth Satellite was so successful came from the unbeatable combination of impeccable style and unmatched power. You could only get it in two variants: a rugged hard top or a classy convertible. Unlike most cars, where options merely gave an aesthetic change, both types brought a new and different look and feel to the car--this prompted some owners to get both. When it came to the Satellite's impressive performance and power, it was all about the engine. Plymouth smartly decided that only one engine class was fit for this ride: the mighty V8.
Although it certainly looks dated when placed side by side with modern vehicles, the Plymouth Satellite still looks like the beautiful showpiece that it is. Better, it has retained such a loyal and dedicated fan base that the market is still rife with reliable, top-quality Plymouth Satellite parts for nearly every replacement need imaginable. Restorers and loyal owners can find a good set of shafts, valves, and rods for its still-powerful engine, for example. For that reason, this American classic can certainly remain relevant and active, in fact, long after it stopped coming out brand new.
Plymouth Satellite: Three Ways in Maintaining Your Curbside Classic
With its sleek lines and a regal-looking nose, the Plymouth Satellite is a sight of clean symmetry. In 1965, Plymouth introduced the Satellite as a two-door hardtop or convertible coupe. It was quite popular as a family car, easily fitting six people inside. The interiors are spacious with ample leg space, and the trunk space is not bad either. On the outside, the front and rear gives a wide and imposing impression with its square design. On the front end, two headlights are located on each side and are lined with thin horizontal grills. The Plymouth runs well on the road. It has proven to be a reliable drive with good handling. However, it is not exactly fuel efficient. Overall, the Plymouth Satellite is a great classic car that can be relied on. Here are some ideas on how to get your Satellite last throughout the years.
- Charge and clean the batteries.
Making sure that the batteries are clean and properly charged will ensure smooth flow of electricity through the car's systems. Identify the positive and negative terminals and charge accordingly, double checking if the correct charger leads are attached. Before charging them, make sure the batteries are clean and free from corrosion. Use a formula of baking and soda and water with a sponge to clean the terminals. When the vehicle is turned off, unplug the accessories and switch off the headlights and taillights. Keeping the battery snug and protected would also keep it in top shape. Avoid storing in heated areas as this would make the battery prone to damage.
Checking and replenishing the fluids on a regular basis is a good preventive maintenance measure. If you want to save the Satellite from any possible lapses in the future, then checking the fluids regularly must be a basic habit. Every month, inspect the levels of the engine oil, the transmission fluid, the power steering fluid, the cooling fluid and the brake fluid. The engine oil is the one that needs to be replaced the most, usually every 10,000 miles or once a year, depending on the mileage. Consult the manual of your Plymouth Satellite regarding the maintenance schedule of the fluids. If you do not have the manual, ask your local mechanic. Checking the fluids should be part of the annual tune-up.
- Keep the engine running smoothly.
The car engine is comprised of many different components and systems. However, there is no need to be overwhelmed because you do not have to check them all at once. Just keep in mind a few basic pointers and always have the car regularly checked by an expertly trained mechanic. First of all, always mind the fluid levels, as mentioned earlier. Second, check the tire pressure regularly. These two are vital in keeping the engine running smoothly. It is not often acknowledged that tire pressure affects fuel economy and how stressed the car engine can be. Therefore, always make sure the tires are properly inflated. Also, always check the belts. Check the timing belts and the various drive belts that loop around the whole engine, from the alternator to the air conditioner and others. Check for signs of wear and tear and replace when necessary.