If your car’s been out of use for an extended period of time, there are things you can do to help it run smoothly when you’re ready to take it for a spin again.
Here’s our list of car maintenance tips to help keep your car in good shape:
Make sure to periodically start and drive your car. Starting your car every now and then will help keep your car battery functioning properly. And, whether you drive down the street or just move it a few feet in your driveway, this will help your tires maintain appropriate air pressure.
Now that cold weather is in the rear view mirror, here are some simple things you can do to get your car ready for warmer weather and more frequent trips:
Pop the hood of your car and remove any leaf or debris buildup in or around the engine. Obstructions can cause problems to some of your car’s parts, so you’ll want to make sure everything looks nice and clean.
Check your air conditioning, wiper, and brake fluid level. If they’re not at the recommended levels, either refill them at home or make a note to get your car serviced by a mechanic once you’re out and about again.
Protect your car from sun damage and heat by parking in the shade if a garage isn’t available. Another option is to purchase a car shade for your windshield or a car cover to protect the interior and exterior of your car.
Make sure to fill up your gas tank before your car sits idly for an extended period. This will prevent condensation from building up in your gas tank, allowing it to last longer.
Try your best not to use your parking brake for an extended amount of time. Using a parking brake for too long can cause it to stick, which may create problems down the road. If you need to secure your car for a lengthy period, try using a few parking blocks around your tires.
Most importantly, while you’re taking care of your car idled car, be sure to take care of yourself too. We care about you!
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