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Dayton Wire Wheel’s Spring Maintenance

With the changing of the seasons many of us will be taking to the roads to enjoy the warmer weather. For some this will involve bringing out your classic car from storage, for others it will mean getting the chance to uncover your bike from the corner of the garage for the first ride.  Whether it’s a car or bike you enjoy this is the perfect time to check over your vehicle to insure that you will have a safe and reliable season. A little time spent checking your vehicle could prevent being stuck on the side of the road broken down. While there are a few things that are specific to a car or motorcycle the basics remain the same, here is a list of some items that should be check before your first trip out.

 Exterior: Give your vehicle a good washing from top to bottom. Use a product specifically
designed for cars or motorcycles. Always clean the tires and wheels before washing the body, and don't use the same mitt for both. Spring is an excellent time for waxing, which not only protects the finish but also makes subsequent washing easier. Before proceeding, make sure there are no foreign particles on the paint.

Check fluids: Check all fluid levels and condition. There are several fluids that require attention, including engine oil, power steering fluid, and transmission fluids, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. The antifreeze/coolant should be refreshed every two years. A good rule of thumb is that a change of season equals a change of oil. The oil should be at the same level as your last ride. If not chances are you have oil on your floor. Check the brake fluid level and top off if needed, being careful with this one, you can remove paint with break fluid.

Battery/Charging: If your battery was stored so it would not freeze, check your fluid level, top off with distilled water, if needed, and give it a 2 amp charge for about two hours. If you let your battery set in freezing conditions, have it tested to insure you won’t be stranded.  Check your cables, and make sure the vent hose is sound with no kinks or breaks, for motorcycles the vent should hang about 2 in. below your frame. Now is also a good time to have your charging system tested to insure proper operation.

Lights and Turn Signals: Operate all lights and turn signals; make sure to double-check your brake lights and license plate light.
Tires/ Suspension: Check the tires including the spare. A simple test to check tire tread depth is to insert a penny into the tread of the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head sticks out, your tires are starting to show signs of wear and should be replaced. Let them cool down before checking their pressure. Uneven wear, cupping, vibrations, or pulling to one side indicates problems with your tires or suspension system.  Also look for bulges and bald spots. Check the shocks or struts for signs of physical damage, such as leaking, rusting, or dents. Also be aware of the warning signs that you may need them replaced: vehicle rolls or sways on turns, front end dives when braking, rear end squats when accelerating, vehicle sits lower in the front or rear, a loss of directional control during sudden stops, and the vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding and rough road.

Wheels and Spokes:
Dayton Wire Wheels – simply spray with Dayton Wire Wheel cleaner and hose off.  Light agitation with a long bristle brush is needed for heavy brake dust. Dry with a soft cloth and / or compressed air.
Other Wire Wheels - If you have not upgraded your wire wheels to Dayton Wire Wheels for your car or American Wire Wheels for your V-Twin featuring our Perma-True technology check for loose or broken spokes, damaged tubes or sealer indicated by leaking air through the spokes. Clean per the manufacturer’s instructions,  or with Dayton Wire Wheel Cleaner.

Under Hood: Look over your engine compartment look for any loose or worn items. Remove, and clean the air filter, If you did not drain the gas, you may need to have the fuel system cleaned.

Belts:  Check the condition of your belts and adjust tension if needed. If you ride a bike check your rear drive chain or belt for wear, note the sprocket teeth also looking for wear. Adjust your rear drive according to your shop manual. Inspect the primary chain and adjust according to your shop manual.

Motorcycle Cables/throttle: Check all the controls to insure proper operation. Check the brakes and clutch by rolling the bike back and forth. Your brakes should grab and not stick, the clutch should work freely. Your throttle cable should work forward and roll back freely.

Brakes: Take a close look at the brake pads, rotors, and calipers for wear and proper function. Check for worn rubber hoses, and rusted or damaged lines. Double check brake fluid levels and condition.

Nuts and Bolts: In most cases on a car this may be a monumental or un-realistic task. However it is a good idea to check the major nuts and bolts on your car. When you own a motorcycle it becomes even more critical. Depending on what you ride, nuts and bolts that loosen up may be a problem you need to check over your complete motorcycle, checking every one. Nuts and bolts on the engine should be checked after the engine has been warmed up to operating temp. Consult your shop manual.