Posted on February 11 2016
Schedule your pre-season service with Team Stradale. Here are some quick tips:
At Team Stradale, pre-season service on your race car is essential if you plan to compete all summer long. By making the effort and taking a little extra time, you can make sure your car is performing at optimum levels and prevent future failure on the track.
- Quality of fuel: Never assume that the fuel you used last season is suitable for the vehicle you plan to race this year. The components in gasoline can deteriorate and result in low-grade fuel. Make sure you clean the fuel system out in its entirety before revving up for the first race of the year.
- Fuel Lines & Filter: After you replace the fuel, make sure you inspect the fuel lines for cracks, holes or sharp ends. These lines can be damaged by debris at the track and can be worn down by general wear and tear. To avoid this problem, make sure to inspect every inch of your fuel lines and filters.
- Oil: Just the the quality of fuel, the quality of oil can deteriorate during the off season. During pre-season service, make sure to add fresh oil and fresh air filters to avoid total motor rebuilds.
- Build Connections: Double check all the connections. This rings true for all the fuel, oil and water lines. If any of the fittings look worn out or deteriorated, replace them immediately to avoid taking chances on the track.
- Fresh Plugs: It may seem obvious, but giving your car a new set of spark plugs can prevent major damage in the future.
- Electrical Connections: Make sure your car is good to go by checking the ignition and electrical connections. Do this by cleaning the car and tightening loose wires.
- Timing Belts: Make sure the timing belt is tight and free of cracks or small tears. Replace the timing belt before the season starts so you don’t have to take additional risks on the track.
- Tires: Tires don't last forever, even on the shelf. Make sure to check the tire tread face and the overall condition of the tire. There is also a date code on the side of the tire that will tell you the actual age of the tire. For instance, the four-digit number might say 1815, which means it was manufactured the 18th week of 2015. Tires more than a year-old start to lose their elasticity and ability to perform under great temperature changes.