Rejuvenating Your Volvo 164
If your Volvo 164 still runs smoothly, then there's no reason to dump it. Granted, it fails in comparison with the features of the newer cars, but nothing like a little effort couldn't fix. If you want to hold on to your car, then you should try these tips on how you can improve not just its appearance but its performance as well.
- Give your car's exterior a little bit of lovin'.
If you want your old Volvo to be looking younger than it really is, then one sure way to do that is by transforming its chipped, dull exterior into a shiny, newly painted one. First, make sure to wash your car thoroughly so that all the dirt and debris would be removed. Once your car has already been prepped, then you can have it repainted not only to give it a newer look but also to improve its defense against corrosion; because that's what car paint does—it covers the metallic bodywork of the car and protects it from developing rust. It may seem pricey, but repainting your car would be worth it in the long run as it becomes more equipped in preventing corrosion that may lead to its untimely demise. But once you've already repainted your car, all that is left for you to do is to have it waxed regularly to protect the paint from being easily chipped off. A regular car wax would make your car look shiny and new, and it will also add extra protection against corrosion.
Rubber degrades over time. Whether it's the rubber blades of your windshield wipers or the weatherstripping of your car, the rubber still gets worn out due to exposure to heat and continuous use. So if you're thinking that your windshield wipers might still be okay because you rarely use them, with you living in a sunny place and all, then here's a news flash for you: intense heat causes rubber to deteriorate. So even if you're not using your wipers, chances are you're going to need to replace them still. If your wiper blades need changing even though they are not being used often, then your car's weatherstipping, which is constantly being pulled and pressed, would definitely need to be replaced. If your weatherstripping is already worn out, then rain and warm air could get in and cause damage to your car's interior and cause unnecessary strain on your air conditioning system.
Your tires are literally what move your car from place to place. So just contemplate on how far your car could go if you're just going to inflate the same old tires you've been using decades ago. Not only does driving on bald tires cause terrible vehicle performance, but it also does pose a serious threat on your safety. So bid those worn-out tires goodbye, and get yourself a set of new ones. Yes, it could be a bit tough on the wallet, but it beats buying a new car or paying the hospital bills once you've ended up in an accident because your old tires failed to stop on time.