The summer now seems like a long time ago as good as it was overall. So those days of warm dry tarmac are behind us the winter has a few things up it’s sleeve XK owners should always be aware of.
Grip, what Grip?
OK so we don’t need to advise long term XK owners about traction issues in the cold and wet British winter but if you are reading this as a new owner a few words of caution should be heeded. The bottom line is, unless you are used to driving a rear wheel drive car which many are not these days, then be careful! We all know how good it feels to nudge the throttle south coming out of a nice big empty round about but as the temperature drops and the slick wet roads become semi permanent be aware you may end up facing the wrong way. Ease the throttle until you really learn the limits.
…and to all those old hands at handling these cars; you should still be careful as a season change can catch us all out from time to time.
Winter means a number of things but nothing should strike fear into the heart of an XK owner more than road salt or grit. As we know, there are a few rust prone areas in these cars and once they start gritting the roads care must be taken to clean the car properly after a drive. The best advise is to, at the very least, rinse out the wheel arches if you have been driving on roads that have been gritted in the last few days. These big BBS wheels do have a habit of throwing all that gunk as far into the wheel arches as possible. If you leave it in there is may well start rotting the wheel arches.
Get Out When You Can
When we do get a clear day, get that car out and enjoy it. Don’t wonder and wonder if you should because it might be weeks before you get another chance to let her stretch her legs properly!