How To Keep Your Car In Good Shape During COVID-19 Lockdown | Dealing with Covid-19: Keep your vehicle in good shape during lockdown.
No doubt, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought about some changes in the socio-movement activities of the world that would make lives never remain the same again in some countries. Car owners must understand the fact that it is extremely important to take preventive measures to protect your car during this time.
In this article, we will discuss The Effective Ways To Keep Your Car In Good Condition until the lockdown is over
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Do not engage the handbrake when you leave
Engaging the handbrake over an extended period can result in the brake pads getting stuck to the discs or drums. Needless to say, if this happens, you’ll be in some trouble the next time you drive the car. The smarter thing to do would be to use wheel chocks, say a piece of wood or even a brick, to keep it from rolling and leave the car in first gear.
Clean the interiors before parking the car
This might be stating the obvious, but we’re going to tell you anyway. People tend to leave trash in cars, including chocolate or biscuit wrappers (with crumbs inside), old newspapers, water bottles and so on. All of this could rot or, worse, attract rodents that can damage floor mats, seat covers and even wiring. So, clean the interior thoroughly and spray a little freshener. But don’t use too much as even as it will stink in the closed confines over a long period.
Fill up the fuel tank
One of the major problems of leaving a car unused is rusting on the inside of the fuel tank. The best way to avoid this is to fill the car to the brim with quality petrol and even add some fuel additives. This will keep away moisture entering the tank and prevent rusting of the fuel tank. Of course, be sure that the tank is sealed properly as well.
Change oil and filters
It’ll help to change engine oil and air filters. Used oil contains moisture, metal filings, sludge, and other corrosive elements. It’s best to put in fresh engine oil and new filters before leaving. However, Do drive the car for a few kilometers so that the fresh oil is circulated inside the engine.
Keep the tyres properly inflated
Check the tyre pressure and make sure the tyres are at the correct pressure. Proper inflation help prevent cracking of the sidewalls and flat spots. Check the valves and valve caps for leaks and that the valve caps fit properly.
It is better to remove the battery if you’re going away for a long time. Also, smear petroleum jelly or grease on the terminals and the wire ends to prevent rusting. Ensure that the battery is fully charged and top up the water level. Store the battery in a cool and dry place, well away from direct sunlight.
Park inside the garage or use a car cover
If possible, park your car indoors. It’ll be safer and cleaner. If you don’t have this option, invest in a quality cover. Make sure to buy one made for your car model or type. Also, avoid using the cover indoors as this will ensure any moisture that is left inside will evaporate faster, especially in humid weather.
Jack up the car
Cars that have been stationary for long periods develop flat spots on tyres. To avoid this, use four jacks (or blocks of wood) so that the car doesn’t rest on the wheels. Sports cars with low profile tyres can be left without support for as much as two months without any damage to the tyres.
Whether your car is new or used, you need to maintain it to increase its value. stay inside your house, Stay safe!
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