Car Maintenance During Quarantine: What can you do?
There’s a big chance that if you are not an essential worker you have not been driving your car as much as you used to. However, even if your car has been sitting in a parking lot ever since quarantine started that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need proper maintenance. Down below are some things you can do to maintain your car’s health like you should.
Give your car a bath
If you have the space and ability to wash, vacuum, and wipe down your car you should try doing it, It is a cheap alternative to keeping your car disinfected and a neat activity that will keep you outside for a few minutes. You can wash it from the inside out, making sure to disinfect areas that you constantly touch like handles, steering wheel, and buttons.
Unplug your battery
Battery related issues are one of the most common reasons for people to be left on the road calling for roadside assistance so it’s important to give it proper maintenance and prevent battery drain during this long period that your car will be parked. The best way to do this is to directly disconnect the battery. If you don’t feel confident enough to do so yourself, you can always call the men and women at the Rambling Wrecker Roanoke to help. Modern cars usually have electronic systems and sensors that also factor in the battery drain of your car, so it might be a good idea to invest in a battery charger that will come in handy when your car battery is running low.
Check on your tires
As the year moves on and the seasons change we must make sure our tires are properly inflated at all times, check if they are all at the proper PSI. However is also important to also measure your tread depth, you can check online in how to easily do this at any given time to see if you need replacements. You probably won’t be moving your car for a while so make sure your tires are also sitting as dry as they can be, any puddle or instance of water can cause damage in extended periods of time especially now that your car will be parked for a few weeks.
Check your car’s fluids
This is one of the easiest tasks yet it can save you from problems in the future, checking your fluids is a good habit for car owners to have and is something that should be done at least once a month. Dust off those owner’s manuals and read everything about checking the oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and washer fluid; the right levels of where it should be and how to know if you are running low or might have any problems.
Keep your tank filled up
At these times where you won’t be using, your car as much you probably think it’s not important to have a full tank.A full tank is a healthier tank, it lowers the chance of building fuel dregs at the bottom of your car and potentially clog your engine.
As your car will be parked a while is also great to consider getting a bottle of fuel additives. Designed to avoid the fuel to build up scum inside the motor and for cars that will be parked for long periods of time fuel additives can save your motor from having problems later.
Properly storing your car
The best option for your car storage is without a doubt a garage. If you don’t have a garage or storage space for your car, buy a car cover and save yourself an unwanted paint job cause by your car constantly sitting outside under the sun for the weeks to come.
Taking the right precautions and the proper maintenance you can save yourself a lot of money in repairs when all of this starts to go away and you need o get back on the road. Take good care of your cars and of yourselves.
If you have further questions or we can help in any way, please call on the Rambling Wrecker – Roanoke at 540-306-6363. Located in downtown Roanoke Va at 101 Church Avenue SW Unit #2824. Roanoke VA 24001.