When you’re not driving your car as often, it’s easy to forget that it needs care. For auto care you can trust, see one of Madison Auto Care’s seven NAPA service centers. As essential services, they’re all open to help you during this time.
You’re doing your best to stay safer-at-home as required. You’re one of the lucky ones who can work remotely. But there are issues. Having family members on top of each other 24/7 can be irritating. And, then there’s the boredom.
There’s also your car. As cars.com points out, “If you’re not a regular driver of your car, it can be easy to feel disconnected from the mechanics of the thing. Out of sight, out of mind, right?”
No, that’s not the case. Cars are meant to be driven and sitting for long periods is not good for them.
Among the problems caused by allowing your car to simply sit for long periods, according to cars.com:
- “Batteries slowly lose their charge when they sit idle and starting the car will drain it even more. That is one reason you want to drive several miles afterward, so the battery has a chance to recharge. If a car sits parked for a month or more, the battery may lose so much power that it will need a jump-start — or a charge before the engine will start.“
- “Tires slowly lose air under all conditions but especially during cold weather. As they do, the weight of the car keeps pressing down on the tires, which causes flat spots to develop on the segments sitting on the ground. Driving the car and adding air if necessary will usually make the tires round again, but letting the vehicle sit for extended periods on underinflated tires can cause permanent flat spots that you will be able to feel and hear when you drive.”
- “Rodents might take up residence under the hood or even in exhaust outlets. If they get hungry, some may munch on the wiring harnesses and other parts made of soy and other organic materials that are used on modern vehicles.”
- “Moisture can collect in the gas tank (especially if it isn’t full) and in the oil over time, and that can lead to corrosion.”
The best thing to do is drive – not just start it and let it run in your driveway - your car at least every two weeks.
But no matter how much care you take, your car can still develop engine or other trouble. If that’s the case, you need to call on one of Madison Auto Care’s seven conveniently located NAPA service centers for help. As essential services, all are open for business and here to help you. For Madison auto care and Madison auto repair you can trust: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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