How to Keep your Volvo 264 in Tip-Top Shape
The Volvo 264 was introduced to the market way back in 1975. What made it distinct is its prestige-oriented styling. Also, it boasted a newly developed V-6 engine with a displacement of 2.7 liters and made entirely of aluminium, which was a breakthrough at that time. Volvo was so proud of its 264, and you must be too, otherwise, you won't still be keeping one, right?
Older vehicles such as your Volvo 264 can be tricky to work with. But that is if you don't have a clue on how to maintain it properly. With proper maintenance, it can still give you a hundred thousand more of mileage. Here are a few tricks on how to keep your Volvo 264 in tip top shape.
- Be sure to give your car a bath regularly.
Washing away dirt, grime and bird poop will help a lot in terms of restoring your Volvo 264 in its original glory. Don't just wipe your car down; give it a good scrub on every surface that you can reach. Vacuum your carpets thoroughly and give your mats a good wash. You should also always include the spare tire well in your cleaning list as dirt can easily accumulate inside it. Also vacuum the seats really well. Include the gaps between the cushions as dirt and food bits will accumulate in it. The under-the-hood components should also be included in the general cleaning from time to time. Dirt and grime can accumulate in the engine bay over time. You should go under your car when cleaning it as well. Make sure that you spray the tire wells also. By giving your car a thorough cleaning, you are also having the chance to inspect it, so you are multi-tasking without even noticing it.
- Pay extra attention to your cabin.
You can start by making sure that the steering wheel is still tightly attached. If it is starting to fall apart, you should get a new one and replace it. If you are a little tight on your budget for a new steering wheel, you can opt for a steering wheel cover instead. By dressing up your steering wheel with a cover, you will give it a new look instantly. Don't forget about your dashboard too. Wipe out the stains with a stain remover. Cleaning the dashboard thoroughly will make it look like new. You can of course splurge on an entirely new dashboard if you want. Of course, you also need to make sure that all the dash lights and gauges are functioning well all the time.
- Get an aftermarket exhaust and intake system for your car.
Your car's "breathing" may already be restricted by now because of all the carbon that has accumulated on the exhaust. If it cannot be salvaged, you can replace it with a new one. However, if you are working on a budget, you can clean it using an exhaust cleaning solution, and get a new air intake system instead. It is less expensive that way. With a new air intake system, you can let your engine breathe more oxygen, which is great for your engine's combustion process.