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Tips for Maintaining an Unused Car

22 October 2021

Tips for Maintaining an Unused Car

For many of us, our cars probably haven’t been used as much as usual in the last few months, but just because you’re not racking up the kilometres, doesn’t mean your car doesn’t need maintenance.

Here are some tips from our O’Brien® technicians on how to sustain your less-used vehicle throughout lockdowns — and beyond.

Start the engine a couple of times a week

If you have time and are able to, drive your car around the block. If not, simply turning on and running your car for five to 10 minutes should do the trick.

It helps keep fluids cycling and ensures everything stays lubricated. On top of your ensuring your engine remains well oiled, it also helps to preserve your battery.

As an extra safety precaution, ensure the garage door is open when you start the engine to make sure there’s plenty of ventilation.

Check tyre pressure

Your tyres can develop flat spots and deteriorate if they aren’t on the move.

If you’re turning on your engine but don’t have time for a quick trip, just move your car a few feet forward or backward to maintain your tyres’ shape.

And whether they’re old or new, make sure to keep an eye on tyre pressure.

Provide coverage

To protect your car from inclement weather, we recommend storing it in a garage or covered port.

If you don’t have access to permanent coverage, invest in a well-ventilated car cover.

Make sure to clear off any debris before you secure the cover, as it’ll preserve your exterior and help keep your windscreen safe.

Don’t forget your fluids

Even though you aren’t adding much mileage to your car these days, it’s still important to keep an eye on its fluids as they can degrade over time.

Don’t miss your oil change appointments and remember to replenish your wiper fluid and engine coolant.

Inspect the interior and exterior regularly

By constantly checking the inside and outside of the car, you’ll be better informed and reminded of any issues which need to be dealt with before they turn into a bigger problem.

  • Check the vehicle’s exterior for rust, paint chips, rough spots or cracks.
  • Confirm that all of the lights on the vehicle are still working.
  • Examine the windscreen for any chips, cracks or scratches. While a windscreen chip may seem small, it could mean a full replacement if left unfixed.
  • Check for any odours inside your vehicle, ‘musty’ smelling floor mats could be a possible sign of water damage or flooding.
  • Clean the interior and exterior of the vehicle often to remove any dust, leaves/plant material and bird droppings (especially if left outside).

No matter how little or how much you’re driving these days, it’s essential to keep up with regular maintenance so you can steer clear of avoidable issues down the road.

Take care of your vehicle now, so when you’re ready to hit the road in the future, there aren’t any roadblocks in your way.

O’Brien® can help with any maintenance related to windscreen repair and replacement, as well as other vehicle glass, so call us on 13 16 16 to book an appointment with our experts.

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