Tips for Maintaining a Vehicle Not Often Used, Part 1

Car Maintenance in Brevard, NC | JiffyLubeofWNC.com

If you own a vehicle, you understand the importance of performing maintenance. However, if you have a vehicle you store at your vacation home or a spare car you only drive every so often, there are some steps you should take before leaving it for an extended period. You may want to start by cleaning your vehicle from top to bottom, including washing, polishing, and waxing the outside. You may also want to consider spraying any unpainted metal with undercoating to help protect against rust. If you own a vehicle you rarely use, you may want to review the following maintenance tips:

Fill Up the Gas Tank
If you will be storing the car longer than 30 days, fill up your gas tank. A full tank prevents moisture from building up inside the tank. You can also add a stabilizer to the tank when it’s almost full, as the shelf life of standard fuels is only about three months.

Inflate the Tires
If your car is sitting for a long period, the temperature may change, and the tires can slowly lose pressure. That’s why it’s a good idea to inflate your tires to the recommended air pressure.

Top Off Fluids
Before you leave your car dormant for an extended period, top off your vehicle’s fluids, which include brake fluid, engine coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid.

Also, be sure to change the oil as part of your car maintenance in Brevard, NC, at Jiffy Lube of Hendersonville & Brevard.