Leaving your favourite car completely unattended to during the 42-day national lockdown could cause a lot of damage. Simply washing your car to keep it virus-free will not be enough because there are more steps you need to take to ensure that your car is ready for when the lockdown ends.
Here are some quick steps to help you ensure that your car is ready for a spin again:
Ensure that your tyres are correctly inflated & move your car in and out of your garage every alternate day to ease pressure from the weight of the car on the tyres. The worst damage you could do to your car during this period is by not moving it enough. The tyres could potentially deflate and develop cracks under the constant pressure of your vehicle if you leave it in the same position for weeks. Also, don’t forget to check the spare tyre once in a while too.
There are chances that the brakes on your car can be damaged if you leave the hand brakes on. To avoid that use a stone or a tyre stopper to keep your car from rolling about. Park in gear 1 for manual or P for automatic car on flat surfaces.
If you try to start your car after a long layover, the chances are that the battery will die down. It is necessary to turn the ignition the AC and any other features that run on your car-battery every 2 or 3 days in a week and keep it running outside the garage, to make sure everything is fine. Do check the battery indicator for any hint that your battery needs attention.
In case of electric or mild hybrid vehicles, it is important to turn the ignition and let engine idle for about 15-30 minutes once every week or daily if you can
Exterior or Car Paint
It is advisable to park your car in a covered area during the entire lockdown period to avoid any unwarranted damage to the exterior of the car. Leaving your vehicle under the sun can not only cause damage to the paint but also risk it to scratches.
If you do not have a covered parking, keep your vehicle under the wraps. This will help to keep your car from direct sunlight and safe from other possible damages. If you do not have a cover, simply use thick bedsheets or cloth to do the job.
While you may not be taking your car out daily, keep the fuel tank sufficiently filled for any emergency. This is just to avoid situation where you are left high and dry on the road during a lockdown. If the fuel is less, then the air above the fuel might condense and store moisture inside the tank over a period of time which could cause rusting.
In case you do not have your tanks filled up, no need to go out now. Make sure your fuel tank is checked and cleaned when you head out after the lockdown ends.
Block exhausts, air intakes (Protect your interior)
The last thing you want when you take your car out is the smell of a dead rat in your cabin. Always vaccum clean interior, remove food & perishables from your car.
If you find cleaning the AC vents and exhaust every day tiresome, this is one way to beat that. You can block possible air intakes and exhaust, which will stop rats or cockroaches or small animals from getting in. However, remember to remove these blockades before you start the vehicle.
Wipers off the screen
Do not keep your wipers stuck to the windshield for weeks even if you clean it regularly. Try to put a wrap or polythene wrap under the wiper blades to avoid marks on the screen.
Lastly, ensure you check service oils and fluids. If you need a change contact us and we will be sure to deliver to your doorstep and change them for you
We at JB Motors Enterprises know that with the above few mentioned easy to do tips, your car will be in the best condition possible when you take it out once the lockdown is over.