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6 Basic Car Maintenance Checks When Not-In-Use

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The coronavirus pandemic has left most people across the globe locked in their homes, while their cars are parked for weeks and even months.

Since a car is one of your life’s most hard-earned investments, therefore keeping yourself top of its maintenance is of paramount importance, especially if you want to sell your car in the near future.

There are many car selling websites that can help you grab a dream deal but your vehicle must be in good condition.

If you’re apprehensive about the best deal on the used car, in this post, we’ve curated a mini-tutorial comprising 6 tips on self vehicle maintenance during the lockdown, so let’s check out:-

#1 Engine Oil

engine oil

As your vehicle burns fuel, the engine oil gets degraded. Therefore, it is highly essential to change the engine oil at least once in three months or 30,000 miles of driving to get rid of contaminants and replenish the additives.

This will lubricate your engine parts and prevent corrosion. All of these are pivotal for extending the lifespan of your car.

You can identify the dripping level of your engine level with the dipstick. First, remove the dipstick and wipe it off, and then put it in.

Wait for a second or two; then you are required to withdraw the dipstick and look at the level.

The dipstick level must be between the two marks and put-in deep down when refitting it.

It is advisable to weekly check your engine during the hot weather.

You don’t have to take your vehicle to a local garage to change the engine oil; you can do it all by yourself. However, you require one good quality filter.

Make sure you follow the oil viscosity recommendations of your manufacturer for better performance and forestall any engine damage.

#2 Battery

car battery

The battery is of the most elementary parts of your vehicle; without it, your car cannot run a mile. The lifespan of a car battery is five to seven years and up to ten years for premium brands.

If your vehicle is parked up for long, its battery’s ability to hold a charge may be significantly hampered. You’ll notice this when your vehicle is taking longer to start the ignition, or the dashboard lights are flickering.

So, to avoid replacing your car battery earlier than expected, you need to take care of it.

Turn on the engine and check the battery at least after every two to three days. Turn on the AC, and other components of your vehicle operating through the car battery to substantially boost the life of the battery.

#3 Brake

car brake

There are chances that the brake of your car is damaged, especially if you leave the hand-brake for long. Then, how to prevent your vehicle from rolling about? Use a tyre stopper or a stone.

#4 Tyres

car tyres

The worst damage you can do to your car during this lockdown phase is the tyres. The tyres might develop cracks and may even deflate because of the vehicle’s constant pressure. There are several simple ways to tackle this.

Drive your vehicle in your parking space to ease off the pressure. If your house has a driveway, then drive on it for a couple of minutes to keep your tyres in perfect shape.

Don’t park your vehicle under the sun, as the tyres may burst due to excessive exposure to the intense heat.

Besides, don’t forget to check the spare tyre.

#5 Car Exteriors

car exteriors

During this lockdown, it is recommended to park your car in a covered or shaded area, but not directly in the sun as this ultraviolet rays can fade your car’s paint.

In case, you don’t have the car cover provided by the dealer, then a thick bed sheet will serve the purpose.

Pre-soak your vehicle to remove heavy contaminants like rocks, grime, and bug shrapnel. Use mild little soap and soft towel to wipe the car’s exterior. Dry your car immediately to prevent water spots.

#6 Fuel Tank

fuel tank

While, amidst this coronavirus pandemic, you may not take your car on the road every day, but don’t keep your car’s fuel tank empty.

This is because the air above the fuel in the empty of half-filled fuel tank condenses and causes the moisture, which ultimately leads to rusting.

Let’s Put The Lid On

Cleaning the vehicle’s interiors not only help you maintain your car but also keep it safe from the coronavirus infection.

Do you have something to add to this list, share with us in the comment section of this blog post!

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