Maintenance Tips for When Your Car Sits Idle

If you don’t intend to drive your vehicle for several weeks or more, it’s important that you take the steps to properly care for your vehicle. Follow these tips to keep up on maintenance while your car sits idle.

Check your tire pressure

After your vehicle has been sitting for some time, its tires can develop flat spots, especially if they have low tire pressure. Be sure to regularly check the tire pressure and inflate your tires to the recommended pressure as needed.

Watch for pests

Pests, such as rats, may get into your vehicle while it sits idle. Before driving your vehicle again, look under the hood for any signs that an animal has chewed on the belts or wire, and make sure there are no animals living in your wheel wells or engine compartment. If anything seems awry, you may need to make a trip to the service department.

Take a drive

If possible, drive your vehicle at least every two weeks for a minimum of 20 minutes. Driving can help prevent flat spots, return a bit of charge to the battery, and keep components lubricated.

In order to keep your vehicle in good condition, you need to maintain it, whether you drive every day or let your vehicle sit for a while. If you believe your vehicle is in need of service, give us a call at Midwest Ford to learn about our service offerings.