You leave your car unused for a long period, be it during lockdown or if you are leaving for a vacation, these tips might help you.
1) Park It Indoors or Use Body Cover
If the car is exposed to direct sunlight for 3 weeks, then its not so healthy for the paint. Also bird droppings stuck on the car for 3 weeks would surely damage the paint.
2) Donot engage handbrake
Engaging the handbrake over an extended period can result in the brake pads getting stuck to the discs or drums. Hence, please use a brick or something to stop the car if you have parked on a slope or just engage the gear.
3) Remove Spark Plug
It’s advisable to remove the spark plugs and spray a little oil into plug sockets before putting the plugs back again. This will help to prevent the insides of the cylinder-head rusting and keep away the moisture.
4) Clean The Interiors
We tend to leave trash in cars, including chocolate or biscuit wrappers (with crumbs inside), old newspapers, water bottles and so on. All of this could rot or, worse, attract rodents that can damage floor mats and seat covers. So clean the interiors.
5) Fill Up/Empty The Fuel Tank
If you own a #dieselcar:
Problems of leaving a car unused is rusting on the inside of the fuel tank. The best way to avoid this is to fill the car to the brim with quality petrol, and even add some fuel additives. This will keep away moisture entering the tank and prevent rusting of the fuel tank as well as engine parts.
If you own a #petrolcar
It is a good idea to empty your fuel tank since petrol has a tendency to become stale over time due to effects of evaporation. It will affect the combustion efficiency, power and also mileage. Hence it is advised to fill up fresh fuel when the car is in use.
Modern cars have fuel system completely sealed. This will be helpful better for older cars
6) Disconnect The Battery
It is better to remove the battery if you’re going away for a long time. Also, smear petroleum jelly or grease on the terminals and the wire ends to prevent rusting. Ensure that the battery is fully charged and top up the water level. Store the battery in a cool and dry place, well away from direct sunlight.
7) Keep the tyres properly inflated
Check the tyre pressure and make sure the tyres are at the correct pressure. Proper inflation help prevent cracking of the sidewalls and flat spots.
8) Change Engine Oil
This is advised if you are leaving it for over 2 months. Oil deposits will be formed and it will degrade your engine performance. Hence if the oil is already old, it is good to change the engine oil.