Whether you own a convertible that goes into storage for part of the year or simply enjoy traveling on foot, you’ll likely find yourself with an idle car. If you find that your vehicle is sitting still for long stretches of time, these maintenance guidelines will help you keep it in good shape.
Take Care of the Tires
Even when you’re not driving a vehicle, you should still check its tire pressure regularly and keep it at the recommended level. Tires that sit in the same position for 30 days or more can develop flat spots. Prevent this issue by either rolling the vehicle back and forth a little every week, or simply taking it for regular drives around the block.
Don’t Ditch Oil Changes
Engine oil can deteriorate over time from changes in temperature. If you’re not using your vehicle, you should still get regular oil changes. Just go by time instead of mileage, and have the oil changed every six months. Make sure the vehicle has had a fresh oil change before you put it to regular use again.
Keep the Tank Full
If you anticipate putting a vehicle in storage or letting it sit idle for a while, fill up the gas tank first. Fluctuations in temperature can cause condensation inside the tank, but a full tank will help reduce this. When the gas tank is full, the fuel will remain usable for about six months.
Care for the Battery
If the battery sits for too long without use, it will lose its charge. One easy way to prevent this is by taking the vehicle out for a short drive every few weeks. A brief drive around the neighborhood will heat up the oil and charge the battery. If you’d rather leave the car still, consider using a trickle charger, which keeps the battery charged without turning on the car.
If your vehicle is in need of idle-induced maintenance, be sure to schedule a checkup at Tipton Auto today.