How to Keep an Unused Car Healthy

Car in Garage

There are a variety of reasons why you might find yourself in a situation where you don’t drive your car all that often. But you should be aware that leaving a car unused increases the likelihood that it will develop issues, which can affect key components and ultimately render the vehicle undrivable. These tips from the service team at Capital Ford Winnipeg will show you how to keep an unused car healthy.

How Long Can a Car Battery Sit Unused?

The battery in your car is almost certain to lose its charge if the car sits idle for too long a time. How long an a car battery sit unused? It depends on the battery age and how well it has been taken care of. Here are some factors to keep in mind:

  • Today’s vehicles are loaded with high-tech features that use multiple built-in computers. These computers are always running, whether the car is being driven or not, and it could take only a week or two for them to drain the battery.
  • Starting your car and letting it run for 10 to 15 minutes at least once a week can help keep your battery charged. If you do this with a car that is parked in a garage, make sure that the garage door is open to provide adequate ventilation.
  • A battery tender or minder could be a smart investment if you expect that you won’t be driving your car for an extended period. These devices can be attached to your battery and plugged into an outlet in your garage to maintain the correct voltage.

If you’d like to have your battery serviced and the voltage tested, schedule a service appointment at Capital Ford Winnipeg.

Will My Gas Go Bad If I Don’t Drive The Car?

The fuel system in your Ford vehicle is sealed, but nevertheless, gasoline can degrade over time. Having a full tank can help to keep the gas from breaking down, and will also reduce the chance of condensation. Taking brief drives will also help keep the gas clean and your vehicle healthy. If you have concerns about the gas in your unused vehicle, you may wish to use a fuel stabilizer additive, which will help to keep the gas fresh and and effective.

Will My Car Brakes Be Adversely Affected If I Don’t Drive My Car?

If your car is parked outside in the Selkirk area and isn’t driven for an extended period, the brake rotors could rust. We suggest that you take a short drive once a week, just for 10 minutes or so, to help keep any rust from building up on the brake rotors. If your parking brake is engaged when your car is sitting idle, you should periodically set and release it to reduce tension on the parking brake cable.

Will My Tires Lose Pressure or Go Flat If I Don’t Drive Regularly?

Car tires can lose pressure over time whether the vehicle is driven or not. We recommend regularly checking the tire pressure to ensure that they maintain the proper psi. If you expect that you won’t be driving your car for an extended period of time, you should overfill your tires slightly, no more than 5 to 10 psi, to help reduce the chance that any flat spots develop from sitting too long in one place. Regular tire rotations are an easy way to extend the life of your tires and keep you safe on Steinbach-area roads.

How to Store a Car

If you know that you will be leaving a car unused for more than two weeks, you’ll want to know how to store a car so that it remains in good health. Here are a few tips on how to store a car:

  1. Have the vehicle washed and waxed.
  2. If you won’t be storing the car in a garage, use an all-weather car cover to protect it from the elements.
  3. Fill up the gas tank and add a gas stabilizer.
  4. Use a battery tender to help maintain the proper charge level.

Get Professional Car Care at Capital Ford Winnipeg

How do you keep an unused car healthy? The auto service experts at Capital Ford Winnipeg are here to help you learn how to store a car the right way so that your vehicle will be ready to hit the Winnipeg roads whenever you need it. We are happy to provide you with auto service tips, and whenever your vehicle due for an oil change or other scheduled Ford maintenance, you can count on us to get the job done right. Make sure to check our current service specials and coupons to save on your next Ford service. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Service Centre.

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