How your car ages

Seaway News - - AUTO TALK - CAR NEWS

Cars age dif­fer­ently. How they age is a di­rectly re­lated to the en­vi­ron­ment in which they op­er­ate. Cars op­er­at­ing in the north­east of the con­ti­nent, for ex­am­ple, tend to rust and cor­rode due to the chem­i­cals we use on our win­ter roads. Cars in the south tend to dry out; the con­stant ex­po­sure to the sun and heat dry the leathers and plas­tics that make up much of our cars’ in­te­ri­ors.

On re­cent trip to Florida I was amazed at how many ve­hi­cles suf­fered from cracked dash­boards, cracked and torn seats, ripped and dam­aged roofs. Rub­ber com­po­nents such as win­dow gas­kets etc. all suf­fered greatly. Each area of the coun­try af­fects your ve­hi­cle dif­fer­ently. The trick is main­tain­ing your car to pre­vent en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age. Af­ter all, what can be bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment than not have to re­place your ride pre­ma­turely?

Q: I’m into older cars and I have heard that cars from the south­ern states have rust-free ex­am­ples. Have you had any ex­pe­ri­ence with bring­ing cars in from the US? What should I be looking for?

A: Back in the ’ 70s my fa­ther was into clas­sics. He did im­port a lot of cars from the US. The most im­por­tant les­son here is to buy as much car as you can. That is, buy the best car you can af­ford. Restor­ing cars is hard and in­sanely ex­pen­sive. Parts are hard to find and more costly than gold. If you’re looking for a project, most of the good stuff is gone. With pop­u­lar­ity of the clas­sic car auc­tions most of the great cars avail­able have been bought and are un­der restora­tion. I would at­tend the lo­cal cruise nights and mar­kets; you might have more suc­cess.

Q: I’ve been hav­ing trou­ble with my ride. I start my car and let it idle. Af­ter five min­utes it will get a rough idle and stall. I try to restart and it will not catch. Af­ter let­ting the car cool down or wait­ing 20 min­utes, it will start nor­mally. I do not use this car very of­ten and leave it parked in my garage for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. Once restarted, it will run as nor­mal.

A: Thanks for your ques­tion. It’s re­ally hard to di­ag­nose this without ac­cess to the car; how­ever, your sit­u­a­tion is very char­ac­ter­is­tic of a fail­ing sen­sor. Look for a pick-up coil fail­ure when hot. What you’re looking for is a lack of spark in the no-start con­di­tion. Best thing here would be to use a scan tool and check for pulse. If you have spark, then fo­cus on the fuel sys­tem. Weak pump or plugged lines. Seek the help of a pro.

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