So you ran an SCCA Solo event.  You had fun and now you’re looking at the Facebook Pics  that everyone took and you’re searching for the next event to run.  There’s one more item to consider – your car!

It’s always a good idea to look over your vehicle after a Solo event.  Also, it’s a good idea to step up the maintenance on your car during the Solo season.  Follow the tips below to  keep your car in good shape for the road and ready for the next Solo event.

  1. Check your fluids. Check color, condition and level.  Top off when needed and change the engine oil and filter more frequently.    Oil breaks down due to heat and while the course may only be 25-40 seconds long, those high revs can break down oil faster than normal driving.    Also, look for leaks.  If you spot a leak, get it looked ASAP!
  2. Re-torque your lug nuts.  Before, during and after events always check your lug nuts.  Torque them to the OE spec.
  3. Check your vehicle’s  recommended maintenance schedule and make sure that you are up to date. Failing to perform routine maintenance items like fluid and coolant flushes, timing belt changes, and tune ups may leave you stranded at the starting line.
  4. Listen for noises while the engine is running and while you are driving. If something doesn’t sound right, inspect it.
  5. Spend time with your car. While your spouse may get jealous, it’s time well spent.  Take the time to look around and under the car.  Look at the steering and suspension components.  Keep an eye on the axles and boots.  The more familiar you are with your car, the more quickly you’ll notice any changes which will allow you to address them prior to the next event.
  6. Lastly, ask for help. If you don’t have the space or tools to work on your car – find a shop that you trust and that understands Solo.  Another idea is to ask a friend or another SCCA member to help out.

Have you ever been to a Solo event where a mechanical failure held up the event?  Not fun, right?  Don’t be that guy or gal.  Take care of your car and it will perform well.  Remember, you can’t win if you don’t finish!