Classic Car Repair

How to keep your classic car running and looking great

The secret to keeping your classic running and looking great is as simple as following a regularly scheduled maintenance routine and getting it checked by the professionals at Urban Motor Works in Atlanta.


How do you keep that classic car a classic?

If you’re to believe late night infomercials, there are miracle cures and magic potions that can fix any paint scratch or keep the engine of your classic car running like new. It’s a nice thought, but the truth is that all the quick-fix “solutions” and specially-formulated car care products you can find won’t guarantee a classic car that continues to run well while looking great.

The secret to that success? That would be the regularly scheduled care and maintenance that older vehicles require. Following the simple tips below will make a real difference in both the appearance and performance of your classic car.


Change transmission fluid and differential oil

It’s recommended that you bring your classic car to Urban Motor Works to have an experienced mechanic change these fluids. They will watch for metal shavings in the old fluid. If no shavings are seen, they will be able to either refill immediately with new fluid or remove the cover and get everything cleaned up before refilling with new fluid.


Change the oil

The average vintage car or truck typically travels fewer than 1,500 miles per year, so you might think that you don’t have to change the oil that often. However, oil in a vintage engine that sits idle for months can break down from the residual gas, dirt, and other contaminants generated from running. Regardless of how many miles you rack up, engine oil should be changed every six months.


Give the cooling system a flush

Whether your car is a classic or brand new, the cooling system should be flushed out at least once a year. To help prevent the system from corroding or developing any deposits that can restrict flow through the system, replace the old coolant with a fresh 50/50 mixture of coolant and distilled water.


Clean it up

When it comes to your classic car’s paint finish, nothing removes harmful impurities like salt and road grime that will eat away at that finish easier than regularly washing your car. Make sure to clean the underside of the car to keep all the exposed parts clean and free of corrosion.


Check your ball joints

Ball joints connect the control arm to the steering knuckle, and they should be checked according to the manufacturer scheduled maintenance, or at every oil and filter service. While a dry ball joint will quickly fail, a well greased joint can last a lifetime.


Lube your drive-line

Just like your ball joints require lubrication, so do many components of your drive-line, like the u-joints and driveshaft. While they’re generally low-maintenance, when it’s time to service them, it can be very easy or very hard depending on the system you classic car has. But checking to make sure everything looks greased can save you time and money should any part of your drive-line need to be replaced.


Repack your wheel bearings

What exactly do your wheel bearings do? Believe it or not, those small steel balls or rollers support the entire weight of your vehicle. That’s why you should regularly inspect, clean and repack your wheel bearings with the recommended grease at your regularly scheduled major service intervals.


Check the brakes

Classic car brakes are essential to ensure your classic car remains in good working order. This isn’t a place to cut any corners, as they help your car remain safe and maintain value. At least twice a year, have an experienced mechanic bleed the brakes and check to make sure the brake pads aren’t unevenly wearing down your rotors.


Benefits of Taking Your Classic Car To Urban Motor Works

Our mechanics have undergone extensive training and have gained practical experience for years, which is now they gained their knowledge about the internal mechanics of classic cars. Their superior services and professionalism are unmatched, and will reassure you at every step of the repair and maintenance of your classic car.

Contact Urban Motor Works about any issues you’re experiencing with your classic car, and bring your vehicle in to make sure it’s in the best possible shape before you hit the Atlanta roads!

Comprehensive Classic Car Restoration Services

  • General repairs and maintenance
  • Electrical wiring
  • Engine and transmission replacement
  • Suspension and chassis upgrades
  • Full mechanical restorations
  • Light body work
  • Headers and dual exhaust
  • Custom street rods and hot rods


Social Reviews

Urban Motor Works IconUrban Motor Works

334 North Clarendon Avenue Suite B, Scottdale

4.8 9 reviews

  • Avatar lemetrius Knapp ★★★★★ a year ago
    Very skilled and well rounded Technicians, who are versed in all your car needs. Competitive pricing and quantity repairs. My first choice. Give them a shout!!!! Ask for Cam!!
  • Avatar ShaRon Clark ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    This place has the HIGHEST level of customer service I have experienced in a long time. They only deal with insurance companies usually though, not a personal customer basis.
  • Avatar Nia L ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I was looking for a place to check my Lexus NX that had better deals than the dealership and I couldn’t have been happier. I don’t understand much about cars but they explained everything they were going to do, which I appreciated. The … More owners were both very knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend this shop if you’re looking for quality work and good service for your car!
  • Avatar Jeremy Sutton ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Great guys. Fantastic service. Great for all tomorrow your automotive needs.
  • Avatar Jose Gonzalez ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I can’t speak greater things about these 2 gentlemen! As a professional collision appraiser, calibrations and electrical repairs are becoming mandatory for every collision repair. The industry is in demand for knowledgeable shops that can … More perform these type of repairs. Urban Motor Works has helped me with multiple cars and have always been on target with completion time and pricing. Thank you Cameran and Dan, my business is yours!
  • Avatar Preston Sellers ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Really good guys that can do just about anything you need! Will definitely be back for more work
  • Avatar Keith Borow ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Weird Vehicle Electrical Issue Fixed!
    I had an extremely weird problem with my out of warranty 2014 Honda Accord and the company that resolved it was Urban Motor Works in Scottdale, GA. Dan and Cameron are amazing! It’s a long story…
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    All the indicator lights would come on in my instrument panel. The ABS, front collision warning, lane drift, brake…. All of them. And then, they would turn off. And then on etc.. The ABS really would fail as would all of the other safety systems in the car making it dangerous to drive.
    Honda was little help. After taking the vehicle to a Honda Dealer, the problem was diagnosed as an ABS module fault. Cost to repair? $1,200! I wouldn’t accept it. I did a ton of research and discovered 1) There were very few people that ever had this issue and 2) that since 2014, only one of these modules had been ordered in the entire Atlanta area and 3) they were back ordered from the manufacturer. Conclusion? These units shouldn’t fail. If they did, the replacement part would be available.
    Opened up a case with American Honda, Response: Nope. Sorry, doesn’t matter that you’ve owned 10 Hondas and that your family has also owned Hondas… we can’t help you. But (nice jab) they did imply that, if only I had been taking my vehicle to the dealer for regular service, they may have been able to assist. Surly made me think about purchasing another brand for my next car. But, I was persistent about finding another way, and I did.
    After discovering Urban Motor Works, they confirmed the dealer’s diagnosis but, went the extra mile to find a surplus ABS module that would bring the total repair bill, including labor to under $600! It was a lot of work to install but the new module didn’t function properly. It was late on a Friday. They put the car back together, didn’t charge me anything.and even brought the car to my home! Then, after a week, they found another unit, installed it and problem solved!

    These guys specialize in weird electrical problems, are honest, incredibly easy to deal with, expert at what they do and work to find cost effective solutions. So if you have a problem like this one, don’t lay down for a car dealer’s restrictive policies. Take it to Urban Motor Works! You won’t be disappointed!

Urban Motor Works
Based on 1 Reviews
Aline G.
Aline G.
2020-02-12 17:22:08
Finding a good mechanic shop is tough, but Urban Motor Works is as good as it gets! Shop Manager Cameran, made sure I was taken care of, and my car got the...
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