The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way of life all over the globe. It has forced governments all across the world to impose state-wide and nation-wide lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus.
Thus, students, as well as a large portion of workers are being forced to stay inside their homes. For our technologically-advances world, this has meant that hundreds and thousands of vehicles are just sitting idle, parked in one place for weeks at a time.
Unfortunately, this can prove to be extremely harmful for the vehicles themselves. After all, if humans can get cabin fever, why can’t vehicles?
Thus, even vehicles need to be taken care of in this time.
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HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY VEHICLE DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS?
START THE ENGINE ONCE EVERY FEW DAYS
To make sure that the battery of the vehicle does not get discharged, start your car once every two to three days, and then let it run for 10-15 minutes. This will also maintain the viscosity of the oil by heating it up and circulating it in the engine.
However, you can choose to disconnect the battery from its terminal if doing this is not possible.
TAKE IT OUT FOR A (VERY SHORT) SPIN
You are obviously not allowed to go for a drive at this time. So, drive your car around your society or your compound, if possible. This will ensure the proper working of the brakes, air conditioner, and other systems.
ROTATE THE WHEELS
Being parked in the same position for a long time means that the same part of the tyres will be bearing the weight of the entire vehicle for a prolonged period of time. This can prove to be extremely harmful. Thus, move your vehicle around a bit and park it again.
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A vehicle being stationary for a long period of time can allow pests and small animals, like rats, can get inside the vehicle. They can chew on electrical wires and cause great damage to the vehicle. To prevent this, open up the hood of the vehicle and check for rats, as well as for damage to the wires. You can also add naphthalene balls to the corners of the vehicle to repel these creatures.