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Tips for Maintaining a Vehicle Not Often Used, Part 2

Car Maintenance in Brevard, NC | JiffyLubeofWNC.com

You probably want to make sure your spare car runs reliably even though you may not use it every day. You can always get help for your car maintenance in Brevard, NC, at Jiffy Lube of Hendersonville & Brevard. Below is a continuation of our blog about maintaining a vehicle that is not often used.

Keep It Covered While in Storage
Use a high-quality cover that securely fits your vehicle. The right cover keeps out moisture and allows for air flow, which helps protect the exterior from scratches and dirt. You may also want to put steel wool in the air cleaner intake and exhaust pipe to keep small animals out.

Protect the Battery
The battery in your car loses its charge if it isn’t driven every few weeks. To prepare the car properly for storage, you don’t need to keep the battery charged. You can connect the battery to a trickle charger with an automatic shut-off feature, which ensures the battery doesn’t get overcharged.

Taking the Car Out of Storage
When you are ready to use the vehicle again, remember to undo all of the storage prep you did originally. You will need to address the preparations you did that involved the battery and exhaust pipe.

Preparing for Use Again

  • Check for wildlife damages in chewed belts, hoses, and wires.
  • Be sure to remove steel wool from the exhaust pipe.
  • Be sure the rubber in the windshield wipers is not cracked.
  • Check the tire pressure.
  • Check fluids and top off as needed.
  • Reconnect the battery and make sure the battery terminals are clean.

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.