Staying all cooped up at home is enough to drive anyone a little nuts. Same can be said for your car, by leaving stuck in the garage, you could end up with more than just dust and cobwebs by the time you drive it again! Apart from being the perfect time to catch up on your car cleaning, it’s also a good time to check on your car’s overall health. Here are some easy tips on how to keep your car in good condition during these challenging times.
Give it a good clean
Time to hose-down the constellation of droppings, drippings, and dead bugs off your car and hope the paint isn’t too damaged. To thoroughly remove all serious splats however, it might be best to consult a specialist. If you keep your car parked outside, make sure you find a spot that isn’t under a tree, away from birds and other critters. If you don’t have any other option, use a fitted car cover to protect your car. Don’t forget to thoroughly scrub and clean your car’s interior as well (crumbs are sure to abound!) and find things you thought had disappeared a long time ago. It’s also a good idea to put a dehumidifier in the cabin to prevent mold and musty odours.
Be ‘tank full’
Because trips to the outside world should be wisely planned, be sure to include one to the petrol station to fill up. By keeping your tank full, you avoid condensation in your tank. Moisture in the tank can cause problems with your car’s fuel system. Don’t forget to check your tyre pressure and oil level when you’re at the station. Low pressure can prematurely degrade your tyres and lead to tire failure while low oil levels can cause serious engine damage. Also check for any leaks (transmission or antifreeze fluid is red, wiper fluid is blue, steering fluid is pink, and motor oil or brake fluid is dark brown).
Ready, set, flow!
Try driving your car at least once a week for approximately 5-10 km (or take a short 15-20 minute drive) to get your car’s fluids flowing through the engine and parts and to charge your battery. If that’s not possible, just warm up the engine in place for 5-10 minutes once a week but make sure all you’ve got proper ventilation when you do this to avoid toxic fumes building up.
Don’t tire our your tyres
Ironically, keeping your car parked for extended periods of time can do a lot more damage to your tyres then when it’s on the road. Tyres that aren’t properly inflated can develop flat spots caused by the weight of the parked car. The flats can be felt while driving and also pose a safety risk. To keep your tyres in shape, drive your car around or forward and back for a few minutes to change their position.
As these are uncertain times we live in, it’s important to focus on things that we can control such as our car’s condition and maintenance. By staying safe and prepared, you can better protect and care for yourself and your loved ones.