Keep your car parked is the advice everyone is giving admits Covid-19. But do you know what happens next?
With the current situation, your car is parked in the garage gathering dust and spider webs. This is not healthy for your car. We know being indoors is the safest bet to fight the pandemic, but staying indoors for the car is as dangerous. Leaving your vehicle parked for long durations can bring forth serious consequences, as the vehicle’s reliability and safety will both be tainted. And if you are thinking of mothballing your vehicle, then you sure can, but in these uncertain times you really should not commit to keeping your car stored for months. You need to keep your car functional in case of emergencies. I mean isn’t that what cars are for? Now you might be sitting there on your couch, all perplexed. Hold on tight, and sit through, as we tell you in this blog how you can maintain your car at home, and prolong life of your vehicle. No need to go to a repair centre, no need to call a mechanic, you can do these things all by your self.
Firstly, look out for the trouble makers….
Brakes can catch rust
We know all about brake fails from the movies, so we need not have to tell you how important it is to keep your brakes in check to avoid that movie climax in real life. The catch here is that when you leave your car unused for a long time, your brake rotors catch rust, and when the parking brakes are in use for a long time, it leads to the binding of the brake pads with the rotors. Although, this should not be thought about if the car is going to be parked for just a few weeks, but if your going to leave the car alone for a month or more, then we suggest you leave the parking brakes off. Well goes without saying that, make sure your car is on a flat surface and not a slope when you leave the parking break off.
Save your Tires from Flat-spotting
Then comes the tires. If you get how gravity works, you can figure out how much weight the tires have to handle. When the car has been sitting still for a long period, then the weight of the car tends to flatten out a portion of the tire. This is called flat-spotting. It is unlikely to happen in a few weeks, but keeping the car unmoved for a month will do the deed. Added to this, if you had not kept the tire pressure in check, or if you are residing in a cold area, the problem will only worsen for you. One thing that you must do is to get your tire pressure checked and inflate the tires to the factory specification. You need not get out of the car or touch anything to do so. Just need to drive till the gas station, and tell them what you have in mind.
Don’t let your car Battery down
This is common knowledge but we are still gonna remind you that the car battery has a finite life. As you might already know that the car battery can discharge if the car is not occasionally started. So to avoid jump starting, you can plug your vehicle to a battery tender. If you don’t have that available, then you should just disconnect the battery.
Keep your Fluids in check
One thing that most people do not think of is the fluid. Yes, your fuel can cause problems during long-term storage. The fuel can separate, and the gas tank can get filled with water vapours. If not lubricated, the gaskets and hoses will become brittle. These are things you need to worry about if your car is going to be sitting for more than three months. Otherwise, you are good to go.
Look out for the Pests
So now that you have learnt about your trouble makers, here is a simple thing you can do. Drive the car. Just for 20 mins once every two weeks. That should be enough to keep your car healthy. And still in case, even after taking all these measures, your car malfunctions take it to a repair centre. And definitely sterilise the car after pick up. To know how you can do that visit here.