Keeping Your Volvo 245 in Great Shape
Who would've thought that your Volvo 245 wagon would still be running decades after its conception, right? But just because it is still in good condition doesn't mean that you should lay low on its maintenance. On the contrary, your car being an old one actually makes it need more attention from you. If you want to continue using it, then don't stop giving it the proper care it needs. Here are ways on how you can keep your Volvo in great shape:
Your Volvo 245 might still be looking good, but you'll never know when its paint would finally start to chip off. What you can do is to help prolong the life of your car's paint. How? Polish your bodywork with car wax because your car's paint isn't just for show. It's important because its primary job is to protect your car from being exposed to elements that may cause it to corrode and be eaten up by rust. And by polishing the bodywork with car wax, you're putting an added layer to your car's defense, which will prevent the paint from being easily removed.
Newer cars need regular oil change, even more so for your old Volvo. So, don't go skipping an oil change just because your car seems okay. Don't get fooled by its good performance. Don't wait until your engine breaks down from all the contaminated oil it has been working with. Give your engine fresh oil at least twice a year to make sure that the engine oil isn't too murky already and contaminated with rust or acid build up.
Though it might seem like a small thing, cleaning your car's filters will greatly improve your driving experience and will help your car avoid unnecessary problems. Finding blackened spots around the location where air enters usually mean that you already need to change your engine filter. You might even see some minute debris which has already accumulated on the filter itself, blocking the air flow to your engine. If that is the case, then you should replace it immediately. Don't wait until your engine filter clogs up or breaks down and fails to function properly causing strain to your engine. And don't forget your cabin air filter as well. Replace it at least once a year to ensure proper air flow inside your car. If it's starting to smell bad inside, then it's a sign that your cabin air filter needs to be replaced already.
- Clean the battery terminals.
Batteries are essential to cars, especially to old ones. Aside from charging them, you actually need to clean their terminals as well. Cleaning the battery terminals means removing the corroded particles. You can buy a cleaner from the auto shop, or you can use a can of soda to clean the terminals. Either way, all you have to do is pour the cleaner, or the soda, over the area of the corroded battery terminals and wait for a few minutes. Afterwards, you can already brush off the corroded particles.