COVID-19 has been a confronting pandemic for the entire world and, consistent and extended lockdowns are definitely a painful but necessary situation to help stop the spread and save lives.
But, what happens to our cars when we allow them to sit for extended periods? And, what are some of the simple things you can do to save time and money down the line.
Cars are a really interesting product of modern society and they are a tool of vast importance. However, just like most tools, they don’t handle being left idle for long periods of time and can (sort of) freeze up.
The manufacturers behind these cars design them specifically for the use case that has become so common over the last 50 years, driving to and from work 5 days a week and on trips every weekend. Because of this, all of the systems are not necessarily designed to be left for longer periods of even a week or 2.
When left for longer periods, things like the battery will lose charge, brakes might become sticky and oil won’t circulate the engine (which can lead to rust internally and seal failure).
The easiest way to prevent this is to make sure to run the car regularly. At least once a week, it’s a good idea to run the motor for 15-20 minutes to allow the battery to recharge and to keep oils and coolants circulating.
On top of this, making sure to drive around the block once or twice will keep the gearbox seals, bearings and driveline in good shape. Making sure (if you have a manual) to shift between all the gears and giving the brakes a couple of good heavy stops are all things that will help save you from issues when it’s finally time to go back to the office too.
All these things are really easy to do and, if you’re concerned about leaving your car running, it even makes a good opportunity to have a cup of coffee in the sun (some self care for yourself).
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