CHANGE THE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER
Condensation and internal engine corrosion take their toll on the slippery stuff. At £30 to £40, it’s worth it. OK, many classics cover very few miles on an annual basis. However, after use, they are often placed back in their slightly damp garages for lengthy periods of time, during which the engine gets cold – very cold. Thus, condensation may form inside the engine, leading to water droplets in the oil and the possible formation of microscopic rust particles, which will, on start-up, help to further contaminate the lubricant. Perhaps I’m being a tad dramatic, but engine oil is something of a guardian angel, unless it’s in a patch on your new block-paved driveway.
Another thing to consider to be the flipside to your car’s free road tax.