Classic Car Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Pontiac LeMans Looking Fantastic
The Pontiac LeMans evolved from a mid-sized luxury and performance convertible and coupe into an economy compact coupe, paving the way for its successful brother, the Pontiac GTO. The latest-generation LeMans is highly in demand with first-timers and budget-restrained students because of its good fuel economy and reliability.
If you own the classic version of the LeMans, it needs special care. It may be a classic, but it does not have to show its age. You can achieve this by diligently performing the following maintenance tricks for classic cars:
- Park your LeMans in a garage or area that is free from moisture or damp.
Exposure to moisture can cause exterior metal parts of your car to corrode or tarnish. Consider investing in a car storage bubble to protect your classic four-wheeled baby from moisture.
- Check all fluids regularly and top up, if needed.
Unlike newer cars, classic cars need maintenance between services before driving them hard. Check your oil, water, coolant, clutch, and brake fluids and fill up if the levels go below the required.
- Take time and effort in taking care of your car's bodywork.
Before checking your car's bodywork, clean it properly. Washing a classic car is just like cleaning any car. The traditional bucket-and-sponge method is recommended, but a high-pressure wash system is also okay. Just make sure that the temperature of the water will not ruin your car's paint finish.
Inspect the body of your car to spot any possible issues like chips, scratches, or nicks on the paint job, so you can correct them before rust spreads all over the surface. Rust protection treatments can be used for that purpose.
- Inspect and clean the underside of your car.
Your car's bodywork is not the only area that is prone to rust. The area underneath your vehicle is exposed to harsh road elements such as salt and moisture that speed up formation of rust.
Cleanliness is the key to a rust-free underside. To wash this area thoroughly, you need to jack up your car on all corners. Doing so will enable you to dismount the wheels and underside trims so that you can better access the hidden parts of your car's underside.
When you are done washing, apply a rust converter in all areas. Let it dry for six hours so that it will form a solid shield from oxygen and moisture, which are two elements needed to develop rust. Then apply a cavity wax to cover the internal surfaces.
- Start up your LeMans at least every other week.
If you are not using your LeMans that often, you should at least start it up regularly so that the clutches and brakes will not malfunction. After starting your car up, let it reach a normal working temperature before you switch it off. If possible, drive your car for a few miles to detect any possible issue.
Have to leave your car for a longer period and thus, have no time to start it up? Make sure to detach the battery so that it will not be drained and will not be dead too soon.