Classic Car Care Tips
One of the most common uses for automotive lifts is storage of classic cars. Once you’ve spent time fixing up a classic car and making it your own, you’re always on the lookout for the next addition to your collection. Luckily, the car lifts from Advantage Lifts make it easy to store more than one classic car in your garage.
If you’re just getting started with the classic care craze, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of upkeep that your beauty requires. To ensure your four-wheel baby is running smoothly, you need to make sure that you’re doing the following things.
As with any car, having the oil changed routinely is an absolute must. When it comes to classic cars, the oil that’s fueling them needs to be fresh, and the filter needs to be changed regularly. It’s common for old oil to sit stagnant in classic cars, and whether it’s a low level of oil or it’s just old oil, this lack of care is doing damage to the car.
Even if the car isn’t being driven day to day, which most classic cars are not, do your best to recall when the last oil change was and how many miles you’ve put on the car since it was changed. This shouldn’t be any more difficult than getting your everyday car’s oil changed; the only challenge is remembering how fresh the oil in the car is.
Another fluid that you’re going to want to stay on top of will be transmission fluid. This doesn’t happen as often as the oil, but it’s still important to be on top of when the transmission fluid should be checked. For most newer cars, this is a fluid that needs to be checked each time the car is serviced, but when we’re talking about classic cars — well, this change needs to happen more frequently.
Wax On, Wax Off
We’ve talked a bit about how you can ensure the engine of your car works fine, but we all know that’s not the only part of a classic car that needs to be considered. The exterior of the vehicle, for many, is what sparks that passion for classic cars. Taking good care of the exterior of your classic car comes down to the time that you spend on it.
Waxing is one of the most essential pieces of care you’ll need to do for your car. It takes time, but it leaves the coat on your vehicle looking bright, shiny and brand new. You should wax your car every six months, at least. This should be plenty to keep the exterior of your car looking in optimal condition! Make sure that you’re investing in a high-quality wax so that you can feel confident in the results that they’ll provide.
Pack Your Wheel Bearings
A big reason that the care you do is important is it’s necessary for the functionality of the car. If you want a car you can look at and enjoy, then this isn’t going to be nearly as important. However, if you’re looking for a vehicle that you can enjoy a ride in occasionally, then this is going to be a routine piece of care that you need to complete.
Packing wheel bearings isn’t a quick task to do, by any means. One thing you’ll notice by doing this routinely, however, is that you’ll save a lot of money in the long road when it comes to repairs. We suggest doing this every few months, given classic cars are going to come with some years on them.
Know Your Car
One of the best things you can do for your car is educate yourself on the needs of that make and model, specific to the year it was made. Being a classic car enthusiast is a fantastic passion to have — but it’s certainly not easy. The more you work on your car, especially if you want to take good care of it, the more you’ll realize just how much research and self-educating you’ll be doing to provide your car with everything that it needs.
By gaining an understanding of what your car needs, you begin to know firsthand when it’s time to change fluids, when it’s running just a little bit differently than it usually does, and when there are issues with the engine. This will all take some time, of course, but in the end, you’ll be the best resource that you have available.
While these tips play a big part in the care of your vehicle, one of the things that has the most significant impact on the well-being of your vehicle will be how you store it. If you have multiple cars in a garage, you want to make sure that each has enough room to sit comfortably.
Adding one of our 4-post car lifts can optimize the space in your garage and make sure each vehicle is taken care of. These posts will lift them on their wheels, so you don’t have to worry about any damage happening to the undercarriage of your classic car or any damage to the exterior. It’s the best way to store your classic car!
There are still plenty of other things you’ll need to work on to keep your car in quality condition, but these are some of the biggest points you’ll need to pay attention to.
Advantage Lifts Loves Classics!
The team at Advantage Lifts loves classic cars. We love the piece of history that is coming back to life in these vehicles and the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into getting them up and running. For that reason, we take our 4-post storage lifts very seriously. If you have any questions regarding the lift, how they work or need assistance with sizing — reach out to us! You can count on us providing an answer and finding the lift that best suits you.
Make sure to check out the other blogs we’ve posted, and thanks for stopping by to check our lifts out.