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Maintaining Your Car When You Don’t Drive It Every Day | Brownsville, TX

Regular car washes and waxes are great if you want your vehicle to always look its best. But keeping up with this routine even when your vehicle is idled also helps to prevent rust and corrosion. Whether you wash your car by hand or get professional detailing, you’ll be helping extend its life — and look good in the process.

Consider where you park

If you plan to leave your car parked for a long period of time, your best bet is to leave it in a garage. With better climate control and a flat, even surface, you can avoid issues that may spring up from parking on an uneven space like a curb. If you can’t park somewhere where your vehicle is shaded from the elements like snow and sunshine, consider investing in a car cover to protect it.

Be aware of your brakes

When a car sits for a long time without driving, rust can begin to form on the brake rotors. This is especially the case if your vehicle is parked outside and exposed to the elements. A weekly spin around the neighborhood should stop rust from building up and keep your brakes in good shape. Be aware of any signs or symptoms of bad brakes like excess squealing or grinding.

Track fluid loss with cardboard

An old trick for taking care of a car in storage is to break down a cardboard box and lay it beneath the vehicle. If you check this every so often, you’ll be able to see if it’s leaking fluid and identify where the leak is coming from. While this will be harder to do if you’re parked outside, a regular check of fluid levels and glance at the space beneath the vehicle should do the trick.

If your vehicle is in need of idle-induced maintenance, be sure to schedule a checkup at Tipton Auto today.

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450 E Morrison Road
Brownsville, TX 78526
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