Driving vintage cars is an exercise in patience and understanding, especially if something lets loose and you find yourself stranded. Sometimes the failure is merely the usual suspects or parts that cause trouble—and are often a quick repair since they have been repaired before.
We want to know what those regular offenders are that leave you on the side of the road.
Fuel, air, spark, and compression. It’s the fab four of engines. Without each and engine fails to reach its potential. Beyond the engine compartment the number of possible failure points only multiplies. U-joints, wheel cylinders, and ignition switches share little in common until they make you call Hagerty Roadside.
The fuel petcocks on this Moto Guzzi just didn’t want to do their job that day. (photo Hagerty/Kyle Smith)
Tell us which part you keep an eye just a little closer than the others, or the first thing you check after you coast off to the shoulder. Maybe it’ll help someone else out, or be just a little cathartic knowing that there are others who commiserate with you.