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Common Classic Car Problems and Their Solutions

Common Classic Car Problems and Their Solutions

common classic car problems

As a the proud owner of a classic car, the upkeep of your prized motor is less of a chore and more a labour of love. Whether you spend your weekends tinkering to uphold the finish of the car, or you like to take it out for a spin, there are numerous common classic car problems to be faced.

To help you get to grips with some of these common issues, we’ve put together a short list and some possible solutions. Please note, all the advice in this article is undertaken at your own risk – if you’re ever unsure about how to proceed with the upkeep of your classic car, please seek an expert mechanic for internal issues, or contact us at Classic Car Windscreens for assistance with your glass requirements.

Fuel Issues for Classic Cars

fuel issues for classic cars

One thing which classic car owners have come to realise is that the alcohol – or ethanol – added to modern fuels is not something which older vehicles were designed to handle. While it might help in some ways, without an additive, it can cause damage to the fuel system, including seals, hoses and metal materials like zinc, brass and copper. Some drivers have even found that it has caused the fuel tank to sag.

A costly solution would be to replace a lot of the parts which might otherwise be impacted by ethanol fuels. The alternative is much more risky if you don’t know your science, and involves adding treatments to the ethanol fuel.

Overheating in Classic Cars

classic car overheating

An extremely common issue for classic cars, the trouble with overheating is that it could be the result of any number of things. One obvious thing to check is that the coolant is kept topped up. If that doesn’t help, it could be any of the following parts failing:

  • Cooling fan
  • Fan belt
  • Thermostat
  • Radiator pipes

The good news is that you should be able to get genuine spares to replace any of these troublesome areas – if you’re not sure about removing and replacing parts, check with a professional mechanic.

Damaged Glass on Classic Cars

classic car damaged glass

There might be any number of reasons the windscreen or side windows have been damaged on your classic car. Whether it’s from a road traffic accident, stones flicked up from other road users or even from accidentally hitting the car when you try to move the summer garden furniture around the car in the garage, you’ll need classic car windscreen repairs and replacements you can trust.

At Classic Car Windscreens, we provide high quality services for your prestige car. Sourcing and installing new glass, you can count on our experienced team to help you complete the look of your car.

Malfunctioning Brakes on Classic Cars

malfunctioning brakes on classic car

It should come as no surprise that brakes can throw up issues on classic cars, since all the components of the system have a limited lifespan. You might not even be aware of an issues if you don’t drive your car much, because older vehicles don’t have the warning light system modern cars do. You can replace brake pads yourself and check the brake fluids if required, but it’s possible you’ll need professional help to check and replace brakes.

Paintwork on Classic Cars

damaged paintwork on classic car

Much like with the glass, paintwork can be damaged accidentally in a number of ways to varying degrees. Unless you’re willing to go with a full paint job by a trusted bodywork professional, the best advice is to take care with your driving and ensure you leave room around the car where it is stored – this will help limit scratches and scuffs.

Electrical Failures in Classic Cars

classic car electrical failure

Commonly it’s the battery in a car which is the main source of electrical issues, but while a battery is easily replaced. It’s worth getting an electrical check when you have this fitted however, as your starter, alternator and other electrical systems might have deteriorated over time.

If you have a particularly unique classic car and you need a new battery, you might be able to find a replacement at a classic car auction.

Seeking a new windscreen or side window for your vintage vehicle? Look no further than Classic Car Windscreens, where our passion is in helping you maintain the aesthetic qualities of your car. Talk to us about your make and model, and we can source and install your new windscreen wherever you are in England.

Posted on: May 1, 2018

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