Tips for Repairing a Rolls Royce
Owning a Rolls Royce is a dream for many people. These are stunning vehicles, and they age well and are comparatively easy to maintain. Repairing a Rolls Royce – especially a 1981 – 2000 model is something that you might even be able to do yourself if you are moderately mechanically inclined. Here are a few common issues with Rolls Royce vehicles that you might want to look out for, as well as some thoughts about which are easy to repair and which will be more expensive.
Tell Tale Signs of Neglect
If you are looking at a Rolls Royce and the paint job is scratched up or the interior is faded and tattered, this could be a sign that there has been mechanical neglect too. Cosmetically, repairing a Rolls Royce can be expensive because of the luxurious leather interiors, so think carefully if you’re looking to buy a classic car and want to keep that classic look. Especially in the Las Vegas heat during the summertime.
A Rolls Royce, especially a more modern one, should have V-rated or better tires with stiff sidewalls – because that’s what gives the car good handling. If you are looking at a used Rolls Royce and it handles very poorly, the tires could well be the answer, and replacing them is a simple job.
Under the Hood
Another issue that many Rolls Royces have is leaks – it is not uncommon for older cars to leak oil from around the valve cover near the middle of the engine. Make sure that all the valves are well sealed, there are no cracked seals, and that all belts and hoses are in good condition. The good news about older Rolls Royce engines is that compared to today’s electronic monstrosities they are quite simple to understand, so you can pull out a part, fit a replacement, and not have to worry about sensors, chips and circuit boards. There’s no diagnostic software to worry about either.
Clogged up gaskets can be a common problem, and you’ll want to check the oil filler to make sure it is free from sludge and foam.
Check all fluid levels – paying particular attention to the brake fluid. Most Rolls Royce have warning lights for the brakes, and they should come on if the vehicle has been sitting still for more than a day. If they don’t come on, pump the brake 10-20 times, and see if that brings them on. If they still fail to come on, then that means that the lights are either broken or they have been disconnected. Treat this as a priority to fix, because if you don’t have those lights there is a risk that the brakes could lose pressure without any warning.
The lights should not come on if the car is warm or has been used recently. When you start the car, the lights should come on and then go off again within about 30 seconds. If they stay on, then that is an indication that you have weak accumulator valve blocks. If the lights come on after you pump the breaks fewer than 10 times, or that flash if you pump the breaks just once or twice, then the car is not safe to drive and you should replace the accumulator valve and check the break fluids.