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Common Classic Cars Problems & Solutions Pt. 1

Owning a classic car is nothing short of amazing. Cruising around, wind in your hair, turning heads, wistful sighs from the onlookers - if there’s a definition of bliss, this would be ours. However, there is another side to that medal and it ain’t pretty.

Vintage rides are old, and with that “feature” comes a host of problems. Classic cars demand a lot of effort, from minor detailing to cooling system maintenance to retain reliability and wow factor. But, the good news is it is nothing a good hot rod shop in Orange County can’t help you with. Read on!

What problems can I expect from a classic car?

Classic cars can develop a lot of issues over the years. Some are relatively easy to solve. Others, however, can be extremely expensive and difficult. In general, the most common problems concern the:

  • Engine;

  • Brakes;

  • Wiring.

Do note, though, that all these problems have a DIY solution. However, considering everything that could go wrong, it would be a mistake not to look at professional solutions first.

Engine problems

Modern car engines are built to last for about 200,000 miles or 10 years on average. However, that number was a lot lower back in the day, capping at some 100,000 miles (5 years). In other words, they weren’t meant to last. Especially not this long.

Therefore, it is only normal to expect engine problems, even if it runs perfectly. The main indicators of a malfunctioning engine are:

  • Strange noises, such as grinding, knocking, etc.

  • Leaking or burning through motor oil like there’s no tomorrow.

Now, the ways to fix vintage car issues vary wildly. Sometimes, it is as easy as pouring some more motor oil in. However, a whole engine must sometimes be taken apart, fixed, and reassembled. And, of course, there’s always the possibility that you’ll need to replace it.


Another “standard” engine issue with vintage cars is overheating. Older radiators were quite basic and, while they did their job, they are certainly not suitable for today’s driving. Count in the aging, and you’re looking at an annoyance that can grow into something much worse.

Here, too, the same rule applies as with the engine. You can find a DIY solution, such as adding more coolant or replacing a clogged hose. However, in some cases, you’ll have to replace the radiator, especially if it shows signs of rust.

Brake issues

Imagine driving down Jamboree Road, hitting a hard turn, stepping on a brake, and – nothing happens. This is a scenario no one wants to deal with, ever. And, yet, a lot of classic car owners do. Brakes are among the parts most susceptible to aging. Furthermore, they are constantly in use, which causes them to wear out even faster.

There is only one solution to this problem: replacement. Have a certified mechanic do a thorough brake check at least every six months, and take their advice. After all, if there’s one car part you want working perfectly – it’s the brakes.

Faulty wiring/electrical components

Every car, new or old, has some electrical components. From batteries to ignition coils to wiring – each one plays a significant role. However, they are also fast to wear out. Batteries will run out, starters will burn out, and wiring will deteriorate.

Fortunately, these problems are among the cheapest, albeit not the easiest to solve mechanically. Replacing said parts is always a valid option. However, if you want more reliability, you should consider upgrading to corresponding, modern systems.

Which hot rod shop in Orange County offers the best solution to these issues?

Noticing that your pride and joy is struggling to keep up on the road is never a pleasant experience. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Today, you have Chimera Motors – a full-service, full-convenience classic car shop right at the heart of Huntington Beach.

Whether your vintage ride needs repair, upgrade, or a complete makeover, we have the knowledge, experience, and tools to make it happen. Simply give us a call and we’ll make your classic car issues non-existent.


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