If your car has been sitting parked for a long period of time, it’s important to monitor it for certain maintenance items. Whether it’s an impact on your car’s reliability or its safety, you need to make sure you take care of your idle vehicle. These tips on how to care for your car while it sits idle will help you combat any long-term issues that can arise from not driving around town.
Keep an eye on your tires.
Your vehicle is heavy, which is why it should come as no surprise that a vehicle sitting on its tires too long can actually ruin the tires. When a car sits, flat spotting can occur on the tires. Flat spotting is when the weight of your vehicle has flattened out a portion of your tire’s rubber. Keep an eye out for this occurrence, and make sure you regularly check your tire pressure.
Think about exterior protection.
If your car is parked in a garage, you don’t have to worry about your exterior much. If you park your car outside, though, it’s important to consider getting a waterproof cover to prevent your car’s paint job from being damage. After all, over time your car’s exterior might accumulate things like tree sap, water spots, and bird poop.
Check your battery.
Your battery can start to discharge over a long period of idleness, leaving you with a dead battery. Make sure you don’t have to jump start your car in the future and keep your battery working well. Consider plugging it into a battery tender or disconnecting the battery.
Consider going on a short drive to nowhere.
Exercising your engine is a solid way to keep it in working order. Consider taking your car on a simple, short drive around the block every now and then to keep it in working order, or even take it on your weekly trip to the grocery store if you absolutely have to go.
If your vehicle has a serious maintenance issue that needs expert attention, don’t hesitate to call us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Chilliwack.