I own a Jaguar (Ford Era) that gets driven only about once a week, with jaunts of a few miles to several hundred. I keep syn oil in the engine. I have owned this car for several years and the only problem to date is the flat spotting of the tires. What should I do to keep this vehicle in good running condition? Is weekly driving enough?
As someone with more cars than
sense I could use, let me tell you: weekly driving is the best place to start. Driving prevents leaks from dried out gaskets, keeps fuel (especially E10 blends) fresh by never letting it go bad, recharges the battery, keeps tires round, prevents fluids from separating into its base ingredients (coolant turning into jelly or crystals), brakes (caliper pistons) free of rust and ensures your HVAC system doesn’t get sticky mechanisms/stale smelling.
This driving regiment will highlight “old car” problems: some major enough for immediate attention, others not important enough to ever address for the life of the vehicle. It’s all part of the process, and it’s a fun process. Why?
Because NOT driving a car is a death sentence. Drive the Jag sometimes and drive it hard. You already trust it for long journeys, this is a no brainer. The Jag will like it, and you will love it.**
- Bad day at work? Take the Jag to the corporate car park tomorrow. Shock/impress/intimidate your co-workers. They need it, too.
- Want to make a statement at a party? Motor in the Jag and come correct, like a Boss.
- Nervous about a first date? Not in a Shaguar you ain’t! Yeeeah baby, yeah!
**Weather pending. I’m looking at you, Rust Belt.
Bonus! A Piston Slap Nugget of Wisdom:
In the above, replace Jaguar with Cougar and you have my basic story. My story is the truth, especially once the cat was old enough for classic car insurance. I know my story applies to anyone with a vehicular “toy” in the garage for occasional use. Man or woman. Rich or Poor. Black or White. Bus pass or mundane daily driver. Jaguar or Cougar.
Please believe: You gotta Do It, To It.
Send your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.