Whether you are looking to enjoy the scenery while driving your classic car or planning a road trip, you will need to make sure that your car is prepared. Although all types of cars should be prepared before the road trip, classic cars particularly require you to do a little bit more work.

Here are 6 ways to avoid breakdowns when you drive a classic car:


A simple tune-up can go a long way when it comes to preventing classic car breakdowns. It is a great way to prepare your vehicle for what it will endure. The following are some things you should take care of:
• Look for clogged air filters and issues with the fuel system.
• Change the oil and filter.
• Check the spark and also check for any suspicious oil or carbon deposits on the plugs.

Check the Tires

The correct tire pressure helps minimize wear. If your classic car has been in storage for a while, then it is highly recommended that you check tires for flat spots. Replace cracked or worn tires. Check the air pressure of your spare tire as well. There is no point in having a backup if it is not even ready to be used.

Check for Worn Rubber

Check the status of belts, seals, and gaskets. Any cracks or wearing will require replacement. This quick step will help you prevent having to replace a broken belt while on the road.

Check the Brakes

Check the brakes and make sure that the level of fluid in the master cylinder is correct. Check all the wheels of your classic car for brake fluid leakage. Owners of new vintage or classic cars usually don’t know when the brake lines or pads were last changed.

Check All the Cooling Systems

You want to make sure that the engine of your car is running cool. It is recommended that you flush the cooling system and replace it with new fluid. You should also make sure that the radiator cap fits tightly and there is no debris in the radiator pads.

Take the Car Out for a Road Test

Before you go on a road trip, it is highly recommended that you take your classic car out for a road test, driving both highway roads and city streets to get the vehicle in various road conditions. This will help you determine whether the car operates in every condition and what may possibly go wrong so you can tweak it before your trip. If you know that your trip will take your classic vehicle over certain types of terrain, then test the vehicle first on that type of terrain to make sure that it will be able to handle it.

No one wants to worry about the risk of their vehicle breaking down while on the road. Properly preparing your classic car before going on a road trip will help you prevent breakdowns and make your journey so much better.

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6 Ways to Avoid Breakdowns When You Drive a Classic Car