Ways To Keep The Car in a Good Condition

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We recognize that we’re all focusing on keeping our families secure and stable through this Covid-19 pandemic, and we’re trying to make the best of this Enhanced Community Quarantine to still spend more time with our loved ones when we’re all working from home.  Sitting at home also means that it’s been the same time since you used your car or have actually been in storage for weeks and now it’s about time to check it out.

Here are a few quick measures to better maintain your car and verify its current condition:

1. Check for some corrosion in the terminals of the battery 

Having a corroded battery terminal can cause problems starting the engine due to lack of touch and loss of control. Corrosion may be removed using a wire brush or other durable cleaning brush based on how corroded the terminals are. Of course, make sure that you wear gloves when washing the battery terminal and that the battery is disassembled before cleaning. You can use a Battery Terminal Cleaning Foam Spray or a home-made cleaning solution such as baking soda combined with water (1 or 2 teaspoons of baking soda + 1 cup of water). You can also refer to your car service manual for cleaning the corroded terminal.
 

2. Check the interior of Engine Bay 

During storage, rodents and animals may have found their way into the engine bay. It’s best to search first for the involvement of unwelcome visitors, including your nearby car. You should also check any loose or uncovered wire that may have been chewed by animals or pests.

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3. Start your engine to recharge the battery  

If your car is in storage for a long time, there is a risk that you may lose power in your battery even if you do not use it, and the only way to charge it to its maximum capacity is by running the motor to engage the alternator for at least 30 minutes. You should do this once a week or more frequently depending on the age of your battery. The older your battery is, the more likely it is to lose its energy power easily.

 

Important: Make sure the car is outside while operating the engine idle to charge the batteries and prevent suffocation from the exhaust of the vehicle.

4. Move your car in a short distance

Besides charging your engine, you’ve got to release the brakes and other fluids. If you can, drive your car a few meters from the garage or parking spot to circulate oils, belts and bearings in order to keep the build-up or parts from being trapped. If you’re parking from a leveled ground, you can disengage your hand brake and use wheel chocks instead. If necessary, use the ACU car as well.

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5. Check the tires 


Hold the tires in condition by testing them periodically.

The first thing you need to inspect is the air pressure.

Using a pressure gage to inspect the tires at least once a month to make sure they are checked on the instruction of the car manual or on the sidewall of the tire.

Get the tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles and have the mechanic verify the alignment and track of your tires. This is expected to keep them in good health. If you live in an extremely cold area, do so more frequently to ensure your safety on the road.

There are quick precautions to make sure the car is in decent shape following a months of neighborhood quarantine.

Often refer to the vehicle repair manual for careful treatment and servicing.

Keep safe for everyone!