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Mechanic cleaning the car

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 airflow, 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.

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