With most of us staying at home, many vehicles may be sitting idle for days or weeks at a time. It is important to keep maintaining your car if it is parked for long periods of time. We recommend having a short drive once a week and following through with routine auto care to keep your car running efficiently and safely.
If you have your car parked for a long period of time there are a few issues that may arise. So, make sure to keep an eye on the following parts of your car:
- Battery – It slowly loses charge when not in use, and starting the vehicle will drain the battery even more. Also, cars have several computers that are always running. They can easily drain the battery in a couple of weeks if the car sits too long without recharging. Driving several kilometres after starting your car will let the battery recharge.
- Tyres –Checking the tyre pressure is even more important if the car sits idle for a long time. Tyres slowly lose air and as they do, the weight of the car keeps pressing down, which leads to flat spots on the segments sitting on the ground. Take a brief drive every week to prevent bald spots.
- Fuel – Moisture can collect in the gas tank and in the oil over time, and that can lead to corrosion. Keeping a full tank of gas helps limit the condensation.
- Oil – When the car sits parked for too long, the oil can deteriorate. So, continue to change it regularly, even if you are driving less than usual. Check your owner’s manual for the maximum time you should wait between oil changes.
- Brakes – Rust can start to form on the brake rotors, especially if the car is parked outside. A weekly drive can prevent rust build-up.
For more helpful information about maintaining your car for safety, and dependability, check our car care tips.