Tips for Maintaining an Idle Vehicle

In March of 2020, as the COVID pandemic began to take grip and the government's of countries worldwide started enforcing stringent lockdowns to help contain the spread of the virus, many employees started working from home. Likewise, schools were closed, and education went online like many other aspects of our lives.

Almost two years on, some of these aspects have remained, as employees came to realize there was no need to commute an hour in traffic every day to perform a job in a cubicle they could efficiently perform from the comfort of their couch. Employers have learnt that they need to start offering this new way of working, or a hybrid model, to retain their workforce or attract future talent.

What with online schooling, grocery deliveries, and home workout routines; these factors, in turn, have led to less reliance on our vehicle's daily use. So if you're finding your car sits idle for long periods more often, here are some tips to ensure it stays in working condition for when you need it again:

  1. Start the car at least once a week. Ideally, you'd want to drive it around the block, making use of the brakes; however, if this isn't possible, at least let the engine run for five minutes. Doing this will prevent the battery from dying.
  2. With batteries in mind, if you expect your car to sit idle for more than a week, disconnect the battery. It'll help prevent corrosion on or near the terminals.
  3. Keep on top of the manufacturer's recommended oil change schedule. Oil, like other compounds, can degrade over time and potentially cause damage.
  4. Make sure the tire pressure stays consistent. Irregular use can expose slow leaks, which, if unchecked, can lead to tire rot within the rubber once wholly flat—the last thing you want is a flat wheel. Flat batteries can at least be cable jumped.
  5. Keep a full tank of gas. Not only will you avoid a few gas price hikes, but it'll also help prevent the fuel tank from rusting, something that's common if left idle and empty.
  6. Clean out the inside of your car, removing anything that might attract pests, rodents or bugs. That goes for food, wrappers, and crumbs. Also, inspect the interior and exterior from time to time to ensure nothing has taken up residency.
  7. Cover the vehicle with a waterproof tarp; it's especially essential if the car stays outdoors, exposed to the elements, leaves, etc. Indoors, this cover helps prevent dust gathering.

There you have, seven easy and cost-effective tips to ensure your vehicle starts when you need it. Alternatively, if you need a vehicle inspection performed to keep your car running at its best, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Prestige Autohaus today!