As the daily number of new Coronavirus cases remain high, MCO has been implemented yet again. The government has instructed all employers to allow their employees to work from home. Are you one of them? As a result, you car is idle most of the time. You need to take care of it too. Here are 5 maintenance tips for your car during the lockdown.
1. Keep It Clean
Regular cleaning can also preserve the paint of the car and a sparkling clean vehicle can make you proud while on the road. But it’s not just for the good look.
Regular car cleaning can protect you and your passengers. It is vital to keep the car clean before and after any trip. Disinfect all surfaces including steering wheel, gear knob, door frame and handles, handbrake, elbow rest, radio controls and stalks on the steering wheel.
2. Start the Car
When you use your car, the battery charges itself. On the other hand, if the car is parked for an extended period of time, the battery will drain.
Starting your car for a few minutes every now and then is a good way to keep your battery healthy during MCO. If you are allowed to travel, however limited, it’s best to drive at least once a week.
3. Full Tank
There are technical reasons why you should keep your fuel tank filled. To prevent moisture build-up, for example. It is necessary to fill up as it leaves less room for air and condensation keeping the engine healthy.
But the most practical reason is this. In case of any unforeseen emergencies, medical perhaps, you want to be able to get in your car and just drive, without worrying about refueling.
4. Check the Oil
Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine. Insufficient oil level could damage your engine. So, make it a habit to check your engine oil level. It will save you from a hefty repair bill.
5. Keep’em Rolling
You don’t want to flat spot your tyre. A flat spot would cause uncomfortable vibration when driving. When a car is parked of a prolonged period of time, the weight of the vehicle sitting on one spot flattens out a portion of the rubber on the tyre.
Start by checking your tyre pressure regularly to avoid under-inflation. Also, move the car back and forth periodically to even out the wear.
Did we leave out any good tips? Feel free to comment!