Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Fuzz Townshend’s Top Tips -

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.

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