17. February 2017 13:10
It’s important to be proactive with your classic car to ensure it is well looked after. The colder months of the year can be brutal for just about any car, though classic cars in particular find themselves facing heavy punishment. Taking preventative action now can ensure your car is well-protected, whether you intend to put your vehicle away for the whole winter or perhaps use it occasionally on the better days.
Important checks and jobs to carry out include the following:
First of all, you need to ensure that there’s the appropriate amount of anti-freeze in your car’s engine, to prevent the water in the cooling system freezing while in storage. Suffice to say, the way frozen water expands could cause serious damage to the engine, so it’s important to make sure anti-freeze levels are appropriate. If unsure, consult an expert.
Cold temperature affects tyre pressures differently to warmer conditions, which is why it’s important to inflate your tyres a little higher than normal. This can help prevent flat spots occurring during the colder weather – be sure to check the tyres of your car specifically for recommended pressures. In addition, parking your car on carpet tiles during the winter can also help protect the tyres from extreme cold penetrations.
As with anti-freeze, it’s important to ensure that you use the correct screenwash for cold weather conditions. If there is too much water in the mix, you run the risk of the solution freezing and the screenwash bottle cracking.
If you aren’t intending to use your car for a long period of time, it’s still a good idea to press the brake and clutch pedal a few times once a month to be sure none of the hydraulic parts begin to seize. If you encounter any problems, consult an expert.
If your current battery isn’t in its prime, there’s a good chance the cold weather will kill it off entirely. Which is why the pre-winter period makes the perfect time to consider whether it may be time to consider a replacement.
While in storage, you should be sure to turn on the car’s engine and allow it to idle for a couple of minutes at least once every month or so. This is important for ensuring that no moving parts are given the opportunity to seize up.
Last but not least, it’s always worth considering a high-quality storage facility, where your classic car will be taken care of throughout the winter. Generally speaking, it’s a small price to pay to know that your asset is in the best possible hands and will be ready to roll once again come spring.
Luxury cars such as Aston Martin will need regular and scheduled maintenance to keep it in perfect condition. From following our advice at spellboundcars.com, you’ll have a continuous sleek look and performance.
1.) Car Wash & Wax
Maintaining the look of your exterior is important. Make sure to wash and wax your car routinely or preferably every few weeks to keep the surfaces clean and polished. It helps with getting rid of any other substances that could diminish any paint veneer.
If possible, cover or keep your Aston Martin car in the garage, making sure it's away from severe cold, sunlight or dirt. The sunlight can damage the colour of exterior and small particles can make your car look dusty.
3.) Maintain inside interior
Ensure to use a high quality and right cleaning solutions for leather seats and leather covered steering wheels. Use a leather friendly solution!
Use a portable vacuum on hand or an appropriate brush when cleaning the inside floor or carpet.
4.) Battery life
Taking care of the battery is important as the battery fluid can evaporate over time due to high temperatures. Therefore, this also shortens your battery life. You can retain the life by ensuring it is charged at the right level and keeping it away from any dirt or corrosion as this effect’s battery performance.
The radiator can also be built up with dirt or debris. To keep it clean, rinse it with a water hose or remove the dirt and debris using a suitable brush.
With Aston Martin, it is advised to rotate your tires every 6,000 miles. By following so, it ensures your thread doesn't tear down quickly and unevenly. Taking care of vital parts such as this will help keep your overall system running stronger and longer.
7.) Cooling system
The cooling system is an operation to keep your engine from overheating. Make sure it has a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water. Be sure that they are always at the correct levels.
By following our tips on maintenance and care, you’ll be sure to keep your Aston Martin looking and running at its best. If your car needs further attention, you can call us for our professional service; we specialise in modern and heritage vehicles. Simply bring your Aston Martin into our servicing department at Spellbound cars in Surrey. Or for more enquiries, talk to one of our team on 01252 711 746.
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