Sunday, 12 April 2020

How To Take Care Of Your Car During The Lockdown

If you keep your battery healthy, your tyres are inflated, and you clean your car thoroughly, this can make all the difference if the quarantine measures are finally removed.

Here are our tips on how to
maintain your car while it's locked.

Avoid an empty battery

The best way to ensure that your car goes through long-term storage or significantly reduced usage is to keep the battery healthy.

Using a battery conditioner or trickle charger is the most effective way to do this. This prevents immobilizers and other energy-saving components from completely discharging the battery.

Keep in mind that using these devices can be impractical when your car is parked on the street, as you may need to pull cables across the sidewalk, which can cause pedestrians to trip over. You should also keep in mind that repeated short trips will drain your battery faster than usual. Most importantly, avoid turning the engine on and then turning it off shortly after.

Take care of your tyres

You will need to inflate your tyres to the recommended maximum pressure on the sidewall as they will lose pressure over time, even if they are not used in motion.

Leaving the device for a long time can lead to flat spots and your tyres will lose their round shape, especially with older tyres.

If you think that you can leave your car idling for a few months, rolling it occasionally can ensure that the tyres do not wear unevenly.

Clean the car thoroughly
Scrubbing your car before parking it or using it less often not only helps it look great, it can also prevent damage to the road.

The growth of your car can prevent tree sap, bird droppings and harsh weather from leaving marks on your paintwork. However, clean the car thoroughly before applying a coat of paint.

Cleaning the interior of the vehicle is more important today than ever. If you are concerned about the risk of coronavirus spread, you should disinfect your interior periodically.

Cleaning the interior of your car is also the only way to make sure that crumbs, other foods, and mud don't fall into the upholstery or dry out.

Make sure you have replacement bulbs

It is a good idea to always keep spare bulbs. However, as more and more stores faces shortages and closure, you may find it difficult to find the right light bulbs for your car in the short term.

Make sure your vehicle is ready for these important journeys by picking up spare parts while you have the chance.


Refill important liquids
You should check the fluid level to maintain your engine well and keep your car ready to go if needed. Fill in your:
  • Oil, but only after used oil and its caustic elements have been drained off safely. Take your car on a last important trip so that the fresh oil can circulate around the engine.
  •  Fuel to prevent moisture from building up in the tank and rust. Adding a fuel stabilizer also extends the lifespan
  •  Coolant to ensure that you are ready to go as soon as the essential travel restrictions are  lifted. 
Park in a suitable place
If you do not plan to use your car for a long time, you must park it in a safe place protected from the weather.

A private garage is the best choice as it can deter potential thieves and vandals while protecting your paintwork from adverse weather and other outdoor threats. You should make sure that your car is dry and the garage is well ventilated.

Thanks to the safe position, you can even start your car with wheel chocks behind the wheels instead of the handbrake to prevent the handbrake cable from stretching.

If a garage is out of the question, try parking in a shady and well-lit place during the day. Trees provide protection from certain weather conditions, but makes your car more susceptible to bird droppings and tree sap, which you will need to clean up later.

A cover protects your car from the outside world, but should only be used if a required parking permit is not covered.


If you adhere to the instructions above, then be rest assured that your vehicle will be in good shape during and after the Lockdown.

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