Don’t think you can forget about caring for your car just because you’re not using it as much as you usually do.
Now that there is talk of relaxing – or ending – the COVID-19 lockdown, you’ve been looking ahead to getting back to normal. And one of those “normal” activities is driving your car every day. You have to admit you’ve been a bit lazy about starting your car or driving it very much during the past month, so you’re not really sure what to expect when you turn the key.
Well, assuming all is not well, the most likely problems you’ll encounter are with your battery, your oil and other fluids, and/or your tires.
“Often one of the first things to fail on neglected cars is the battery … it’s impossible to say how often a car needs to be started to stop its battery from failing. Several minutes of driving a day should do it, but you may want to extend your drive for another reason: Your oil,” thedrive.com says.
Thedrive.com adds, “Engine oil (and gas too) can collect condensation that causes accelerated degradation, both in the oil itself and, over a longer period, the engine.”
As for your tires, thedrive.com explains, “Tires, too, need movement to prevent the development of flat spots, which in mild cases can work themselves out after a period of uncomfortable vibration. More serious flat spots can cause vibrations so serious that they can shake the steering wheel violently, making a vehicle uncontrollable, and accelerating wear on steering and suspension components.”
As if those aren’t bad enough, your car can encounter a whole other set of problems if creatures decide your car is a great place to live.
“Wasps can build a nest in unseen spots; rodents can eat organic wiring insulation and cause costly electrical problems or fill your engine bay with walnuts; and if you’re really unlucky, a stray cat may call your engine bay home,” thrdrive.com points out.
Then there’s the obvious problem – you know, the one that existed before lockdown began (your check engine light was on, perhaps). That’s certainly not gotten any better while your car has been idle.
It’s easy to check to see if your car has any of these problems and to have them fixed now while you don’t need your car every day. Simply have a reliable auto care technician check out your car, repair anything that’s needed, and you’ll be ready to go. You can find a trusted auto repair and auto care mechanic at In and Out Tires.
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