The Imp Site
the cold, the dark and the wet
Better work on the Imp before winter sets in - while the weather is still reasonable and daylight keeps longer.
- Check the state of the oil (or just change it)
- Check the state of the oil filter (or just change it when you change the oil)
- Check the heater
- Check the condition of the rubber hoses
- Check the battery. Damage done to the battery during hot weather will be a nuisance in the winter.
- Check the ignition system
- Check if the antifreeze is sufficiently strong.
Hydrometer gadgets exist to measure this.
- Examine the profile on the tyres
- Check if all the lights work
- Check the wipers. Get new ones if they smear.
- Fill the washer bottle. Don't put any washing-up liquid in, as it contains salt and other corrosives.
In the winter things dry a lot slower, so rust gets a better chance.
- Do a touch up in the wheelarches and everywhere where the paint/protective cover is chipped. Use a zinc-rich primer on any bare steel. Bondaprimer; Finnigan's Number One; ...
- See to any leaking windows
- Keep the wheel arch lips free of mud
- Keep the winter grime and salt at bay by a regular clean
If you use the Imp daily on salted roads then give the underside a weekly pressure-wash.
Salt is corrosive and mud prevents water from drying.
Hope for nice weather
If your Imp has hibernated, check if it has come alright through the inactive period:
- Binding or pulling brakes
- Leaking water pumps
- Seized clutches
If you use a brick to keep the pedal depressed, the clutch won't seize. But it will weaken the clutch cover springs.
- Overhaul the cooling system. Clean the radiator inside-out.
- Give the rest a sping clean, too.