If you’re one of the many Americans who are staying in during the COVID-19 quarantine, you probably won’t be driving your car frequently. This can lead to some maintenance issues that you can easily prevent with a bit of knowledge and foresight. Here are a few tips to keep your car healthy during the quarantine.
Maintaining the battery
Even if your car is sitting completely still in the garage, its battery will still be losing its charge. This will happen quicker for vehicles with computerized infotainment systems, since those electronics will continue to drain a small amount of charge. You can maintain your car’s battery by running your car for 5-10 minutes per week. Just make sure you idle in a well-ventilated area.
Guarding your car’s gasoline
Gasoline can degrade in your vehicle’s fuel tank. While experts can’t agree how long gas will stay fresh inside the fuel tank, it’s a good idea to add a fuel stabilizer. This additive can ensure freshness for up to two years.
Brush up on brake care
When your car isn’t in use, the brakes can build up a coat of rust. This will result in noisy, turbulent braking. Prevent this buildup by going for a short ride every few days.
Your car’s tires can also lose pressure during periods of inactivity, so the American Automobile Association recommends adding an extra 5-10 pounds of pressure before storing your vehicle. When it’s time to drive again, release a bit of air to return them to their usual pressure.
Need more tips on caring for your vehicle? You can always contact our experts at CARR Subaru in Beaverton to learn more.