Date: January 16, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 60% of the employees in the United States are working from their homes. In some cases, the employees may have to continue telecommuting or may prefer to work in an office in the future. Yet, in all these cases, the car they used for commuting to the office has remained unused for several months. This can adversely affect the performance of the car and the various fluids in it. If the car owner wants the car to work properly, whenever required, it necessary to maintain the car properly. Some tips for proper maintenance of cars, which are not used regularly are discussed below.
Starting the car, battery status
If the car owner does not drive the car for a long time, the battery will get discharged and become dead after a few months. So it is necessary to maintain the car battery, driving the car regularly, so that the battery remains charged. One of the indications that the car battery is dying or dead is that the car is taking a longer time for starting.
Driving car regularly
To keep the car battery charged, the car owner should take the car for a drive in the neighborhood for approximately twenty minutes, which is sufficient for battery charging. For families with multiple cars, cars should be used alternately for essential activities like shopping for groceries. If there is an electric outlet near the car, it is better to purchase a battery tender. This can be attached to the battery to keep it charged so that the car owner does not have to drive the car to keep it charged.
It is advisable to keep the tires of the car properly inflated so that there are no flat spots developed. The car manufacturer will specify their recommended tire pressure on a sticker inside the door. The car owner should ensure that the tires are at the recommended pressure. If the car is used at least once weekly, flat spots will not develop
Car owners should know that the gas in their car will usually degrade naturally due to oxidation within a period of six months. However, newer models of cars have improved fuel systems which prevent separation, oxidation of the gas to increase its life. The car owner can only reduce the loss of gas by keeping the gas tank full, which will prevent the condensation in the gas tank. Car owners with older models of cars can use a fuel stablizer to the gas to make it last for a longer period. Instructions for adding the right amount of fuel stabilizer to the gas are provided on the bottle or packaging.
Engine Oil and other fluids.
The life of the engine oil depends on multiple factors like the mileage of the car, and the the time for which it is put in the engine. The car owner will have to change the oil, if it is added many months ago, since it will have deteriorated. The car owner can change the engine oil himself or contact professionals. The brake and transmission fluids will also separate into different layers. The gaskets which were well lubricated may become dry, and the fluids will start leaking. The fluid leakage can be checked by looking at the floor below the car. If any leakage is detected, the car should be serviced immediately. If the leak is ignored, there could be more problems in the future.
The above car maintenance tips for used cars will ensure that the car remains reliable, in working condition, even if you are telecommuting and do not use the vehicle regularly. If the car is well maintained, the owner will not face any problem when he starts the car and will get a good deal even if he wishes to exchange, upgrade or sell his car.
If you are looking for reliable ithaca car dealers for luxury cars, you should contact Binghamton Auto Exchange, which specializes in used luxury vehicles since 1976. We have the largest selection of high-quality luxury cars in New York, priced at $15,000 or less. For more information call us at 607-754-9118, or visit our parking lot at 209, Vestal Parkway West, in the Vestal area of New York
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