Are you addicted to Jay Leno’s Garage? We wouldn’t blame you if you were. Boulevard Auto Repair loves it when one of our customers brings in a vintage car for service or repair. There is just something about the classics. Many of these vintage cars have the same problems. Here’s what they are so you know what you might face if you’re looking to buy your dream vintage automobile.
Overheating in Vintage Cars
It is very common for classic cars and trucks to overheat. These vehicles were built in a different decade, and they were not designed to drive in stop-and-go traffic in 100-degree temperatures. In most cases, what is causing the automobile to overheat can be fixed. It’s usually an old part, such as the cooling fan, that isn’t working more. Coolant level, a broken fan belt, a dead thermostat, or clogged radiator pipes can also make your classic car overheat. Sometimes, it’s best to replace the radiator system.
System Malfunctions and Vintage Cars
Aside from the radiator, there are two other systems that tend to experience trouble in vintage cars. The brake system and the electrical system. There’s no way to tell if your classic’s brakes are working as they should be without an inspection; vintage cars don’t have brake warning lights. Electrical trouble is also common in older cars, especially if they’ve been infested by pests who made the cars their homes. Age-related electrical problems, such as a dead battery, are also common in classic cars.
Oil-Related Engine Trouble
Purchasing a classic automobile doesn’t come without its worries. Unless you know for certain that the previous owners took care of the classic, you might find yourself with some engine trouble related to the motor oil, or lack thereof. Classic automobiles should have their oil changed every 2,000 miles; they weren’t built to withstand today’s driving. A full engine inspection is also recommended for vintage cars to ensure there isn’t any residual damage caused by long-term oil breakdown.
Finally, depending on how old a vintage automobile is and whether it is being driven or sitting in a garage, wheel and suspension trouble usually surface. As the suspension dries out, wheel damage is common, as is steering system damage and tire damage. One of the first things most people do when they purchase a vintage car is to put new tires on it. It’s best to have the suspension inspected, too, to make certain there isn’t anything wrong that will chew up the new tires.
Bring your classic car into Boulevard Auto Repair in Sherman Oaks, CA. We’ll inspect it and fix whatever needs repairing. Call us to set up an appointment by dialing 818-392-5304.