Spring care: With this checklist, your classic car will be fit again

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With this checklist, your classic car will be fit again

Spring care: With this checklist, your classic car will be fit again-care

Thomas Lundt is not only the head master of the Berlin motor vehicle guild, but also the owner of the Lundtauto classic car workshop, one of the top addresses for old Porsches. He knows what classic cars meanm need spring

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Anyone who loves their oldtimer will mothball them in winter. Now is exactly the time to kiss those treasures awake again. But there are some things that urgently need to be done before the first exit.

R.Do you like it too? No, not the burned hydrocarbons because you couldn’t wait to start the oldie again. What is meant is that typical spring smell outside when the leaves turn green again. Hard to say if chlorophyll really smells, but somehow it not only looks green in spring, it smells like that too. And then the car urgently needs to be aired again. The old, the fast, the open – all the darlings who have spent the winter in the garage want out, out, out. For a long time.

“After Christmas, the owners start thinking about their classic cars,” says Matthias Knodler from Sporting Cars Erlangen. "We have had high life in the workshop for a long time, because spring starts in January at the latest."

But the bad season license plate prevents spontaneous driving on a clear, sunny winter day, and that’s a good thing. “Man and machine have to get used to each other again,” says Thomas Lundt, head foreman of the Berlin motor vehicle guild and with his classic car workshop Lundtauto, a well-known address for old Porsches for more than 30 years. “The driver has to get back in shape, after all, he was spoiled by his modern car and its assistance systems in winter. With the oldtimer it goes back to the roots, there is no ABS, ESP or airbags, with luck it has a belt in it. "

So here are the ultimate spring tips.

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Since you increase the pressure of the tires before you put the car into hibernation, you have to let the pressure off again in the spring

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1. Tire pressure. The point here is not necessarily that the tires have lost air; after all, they are usually the only modern thing on old cars. Matthias Knodler hopes, however, that every classic car owner has increased the pressure in winter to avoid a stall. "And then of course the pressure has to be released again before the first trip." Because bulging tires have less contact with the road – and that’s not good, since they are so narrow in the old cars anyway.

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The tire check is also a must. It is not just the depth of the tread that counts. One should also make sure that the rubber is not porous

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2. Tire age. Oldtimers are often rarely driven, so the profile on the tires can still be good, but the rubber has become porous. "Tires that are too old have a much worse grip than new ones," says Thomas Lundt. Before the start of the season, classic car owners should therefore delve into themselves and consider whether they need new tires. This is definitely the case if there are small cracks in the rubber. "Here, water can penetrate the steel jacket, and at some point that leads to a total failure, the consequences of which can be more expensive than a set of new tires."

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Before the car is mothballed, you should disconnect the battery, ideally even remove it. It then has to be recharged in the spring

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3. battery. No not true. You didn’t just leave the battery connected in the car. But? Well, then it’s probably empty now, but we all started. So next time: disconnect the battery in winter, preferably also remove it, bring it to a warm place and hang it on the charger. Otherwise you have the best classic car of all, have kept a weekend in March free – and cannot start it. But rarely happens, reassures Thomas Lundt: "I don’t really know any helpless classic car driver."

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After removing the moth from the car, it is not enough to check the oil level. You should also look to see if the car is dripping

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4th. Check liquids. At first completely normal, like a gas station attendant in the old days: oil level, gasoline, cooling water and – importantly – brake fluid. Take a look at everything once, nothing should have changed since the car lasted in winter. If it looks good, grab your flashlight and look under the car: Where did it leak? And above all: what was dripping there? Good for those who didn’t put any tubs under the car, just a large piece of cardboard. "It soaks up the oil and protects the floor, but you can still see where the leak was, namely exactly over the stain," says Matthias Knodler.

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A tip if the car does not start immediately: wait until the red oil warning light goes out, then count to three and only then turn the key again

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5. Engine wear. If you love your oldies machine (and it is), you don’t start it immediately, says Knodler. Instead, it pulls off a cable from the ignition coil and just lets the starter run. “Until the oil pressure is there.” Means: wait until the red oil warning light goes out, then count to three, and only then turn the key again.

Those in the know know: This applies most to carburettor engines, and if the injector already has a catalytic converter, then please skip this exercise entirely. But we’re talking about old cars here, and if the comparatively slow movements of the engine have distributed the oil nicely in all corners, then the old cars may also become very old cars. Engine care includes changing the oil in your classic car every two years, of course after the winter, if it has attracted water during the long period of idle time. “The engine will thank you,” says Thomas Lundt.

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With classic cars that have been standing still for a long time, you should be patient if the engine does not start immediately

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6th. Let it warm up. This is not the ultimate eco-tip, but a vintage car, especially one with a carburettor engine, that spits and stutters a little when it is woken up after hibernation. That is completely normal, says Thomas Lundt and recommends staying calm and letting the machine come to itself. "Carburettor cars are extremely reliable."

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Spring is also the right time to check rubber seals and hose connections

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7th. Leaks. During the five minutes that the engine needs to notice that spring is back, you can reinterpret the control look from tip number four. Now is the time to take a critical look at all rubber seals and hose connections. They become porous over time and have to be replaced every now and then.

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Blowing out candles, that’s a fairy tale. If the car has stood still for a long time, you should accelerate cautiously at the beginning

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8th. Curb temper. Under no circumstances should you give your mocking carburetor a helping hand with demanding thrusts of gas. “It’s a myth that you blow the candles out with it and then the engine runs better,” says Matthias Knodler. Wear is mostly caused by speed changes, and this is taboo, especially when the machine is cold.

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The only thing that helps against the muff that has lodged in the car during the winter is ventilation

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9. To the sun. Anyone who claims that an old car smells good has to really love it. At least after several months of idle time, a certain mustache has spread in the interior that can be banished with simple means: put the car in the sun, open all the windows, wait a few hours. After that, it just smells like gasoline again.

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If you love your car, you usually love to wash your car by hand. Convertible owners in particular should not drive their vehicles through the car wash

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10. Even more sun. Cabriolets need owners who are particularly susceptible to suffering – because soft tops don’t last as long as the rest of the car. “You have to reckon with a new convertible top every ten years,” says Matthias Knodler. And that it could cost 2,000 to 3,000 euros. Therefore, one should be careful not to shorten the life of the fabric roof. So: do not open and close in freezing cold, that makes the material porous, and especially the Plexiglas rear window can crack.

If it’s still too clammy in the garage: put a fan heater in the car before opening the roof. Do not clean with a brush and do not drive into the car wash. Convertible drivers should retrain to hand washing and treat the roof only with water. "Impregnation is nonsense, by the way, because the water-repellent layer is the rubber layer between the outer and inner layers of fabric."

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After the car has stood still for a few months, it is important to test the brakes in the spring

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11th. Test the brake. And when you’ve looked at everything twice: step on the brakes before you set off again for the first time. “Absolutely necessary,” says expert Lundt. After all, it is good to know that the pedal cannot be pushed into space.

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The fact that you own a special car does not mean that you can drive it. Driving training gives you safety and is also fun

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12th. Do driver training. Okay, we’re not serious now, are we? Yes, yes. The more people get their money and buy a vintage or an expensive new sports car, the more people there are who have to work on their driving style, as the statistics suggest. And Reinhard Loeven says that too. With Loeven sports car tours in Freiburg you can book quite exclusive car vacations, and very committed drivers usually come along.

What Loeven still notices: "That there are rich people who drive beautiful cars but can’t drive them at all." But something like that is also human, says the organizer, who used to work as a psychologist. If someone with a 600 hp sports car doesn’t dare to overtake a van that is spinning at 50, then driver training might help. From its own experience at various classic car rallies, the "PS World" recommends some pilots on the valance of a veteran to go deep into themselves. Tip: Book a driver training course, but don’t tell anyone about it, that makes it easier.

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Anyone who loves their classic car, likes to meet like-minded people and also likes to show off their piece of jewelery can do so at numerous classic car events

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13th. earn money. Whether it’s a training session, a trip over alpine passes, participating in a classic car rally or repair and maintenance: All of these things require dedication to the car, time and of course money. But you actually knew that beforehand. Thomas Lundt sums it up: "A classic car is a hobby, and hobbies cost money."

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