Plymouth Special Deluxe: Basic Care and Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Car
So you have a restored Plymouth Special Deluxe? That's great. That is a classic car and outfitting it with modern parts and features would be nice. Now, your next step should be taking care of your car and making sure it's always at its top shape. Knowing when and how to service your car is essential not just in keeping it good condition but also in maximizing its performance as well as extending its life span. To give you an idea, below are some basic car care and maintenance tips that will help you with your Plymouth:
It may be the hardest for you to do especially if you've gotten comfortable with the way you drive. But, this is also something that will pay huge dividends over the life of your Plymouth Special Deluxe. When you adjust your driving style like no slamming the brakes at the last minute or flooring the car when accelerating, then you don't only minimize wear and tear but also save you a lot of cash in repairs and replacements. Yes, this might take some fun out of driving, but you'll be happier knowing that your car gets to live longer.
- Always keep up with necessary fluid changes.
Keeping your car's fluids new and clean all the time is a priority when it comes to extending your classic car's life. When you change the engine oil regularly, you can prevent the buildup of deposits that reduces fuel economy and power of the car as well as makes the internal engine components work harder. And when your engine is working harder than it should, that essentially shortens the life span of the engine. You should also check the oil every few hundred miles. If you see that the level is slowly getting lower, this means there might be some issue with your engine. The same thing is true with other fluids in your car including the brake fluid, clutch or transmission fluid, coolant, and power steering fluid.
- Understand what weather does to your car.
If you do, you can do the necessary steps to protect your car from all types of weather. Yes, you might have a garage that can protect your vehicle from the sun's UV rays, drastic temperature changes, water and road salt, but other options also exist. Buying car covers is an inexpensive protective option especially if you don't have a garage. You should also know the simple steps that you can take to prepare your car for upcoming harsh weather, such as using the right tires or replacing the not-so-reliable wiper blades during the winter and the summer.
- Don't forget to clean the interior.
Most people, when it comes to car maintenance, only spend their time under the hood. But, if you want to extend the life of your Plymouth, you should also look at the interior. Excess dirt and grime are like sandpaper that creates unnecessary abrasion inside your car, plus they can wear down the upholstery and even the carpeting. So, the most effective and inexpensive solution is to buy a good set of floor mats to protect the interior floors. You should also make it a habit to vacuum at least once a week. Getting seat covers is also a good idea to avoid stains on the upholstery, especially if you got kids.