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Whether you’ve recently lost employment, become a stay-at-home caretaker, or are simply driving less around Shiloh, you should adjust your car care. A car, truck, or SUV sitting idly in your garage or parked in front of your house might look fine, but the longer it goes without driving, the worse shape it’s in. Auffenberg Kia is here with some car care tips for any vehicle that’s rarely driven.
The short answer is “it depends.” If you go too long without driving your vehicle, your battery will almost certainly die, but “too long” will vary based on how old your battery is and how well it’s been taken care of.
Here’s what you need to know:
It might not be your first thought, but if you aren’t driving your car, it can actually affect your brakes. That’s right, even if you aren’t braking, your rotors are at risk of rusting — especially if you’ve parked your car outside in Smithton or Trenton.
If you’re able to take a brief drive once a week or so — for just as long as you’d run you car to keep the battery healthy — you should clear off any films of rust that build up. If you use your parking brake, you should be sure to set and release it periodically as well — many modern parking brakes are cable activated and it’s healthy to reduce the tension when possible.
If you know your car won’t be moving for a bit, it can actually be better to overfill your tires somewhat (5-10 psi), as this can help prevent your tire from developing flat spots from sitting in place for too long.
If you’re particularly worried about the fuel in your car going bad, you could use a fuel stabilizer.
If you’re still curious about what other maintenance you should be doing to keep your car in top shape, don’t hesitate to contact our team or schedule a service appointment.
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