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Maintaining Your Car During Stay-At-Home

Maintaining Idle CarsWith the current stay-at-home orders, our customers' cars may be sitting in driveways and garages for days or weeks at a time. In order to keep your car in good shape, it's important to start your car at least once a week and keep up with routine car care to help prevent potential maintenance issues.

When starting your car weekly, let it run for at least five minutes. (If you car is in a garage, be sure to open the door first.) Alternatively, taking your car for a short drive can also help with other maintenance issues:

Battery – Today’s vehicles have several computers that are always in operation, so if a car sits too long without recharging, the battery could die within a couple of weeks. 

Tires – Checking the tire pressure frequently is more important if the car is parked for long periods of time. Vehicles that sit idle too long can develop flat spots, so taking a brief drive every once in a while will help prevent bald spots. 

Fuel – Keeping a full tank of gas helps limit gas-tank condensation. 

Oil – If a car sits too long, the oil can deteriorate, so continue to change the oil at the proper time intervals, even if you are not driving your normal mileage.

While you're out, stop by Yates Express Lube and we will be happy to check your battery, air pressure, and oil and you can fill up your tank at our Sunoco station!

Brakes – If a car sits idle, rust can start to form on the brake rotors, especially if the car is parked outside. Driving your car at least once a week will help prevent rust buildup. If you were due for a brake replacement before the stay-at-home orders, now is the time to get this work done and Yates Express Lube can help! Stop by, give us a call or make an appointment online today!

Cleaning – Removing the grime and sediment that builds up on the outside of your car helps prevent rust, and cleaning the interior is important, too. Wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, cup holders, door handles, vents and console with a quality, all-purpose automotive cleaner that will help disinfect the interior areas of your vehicle. Better yet, let us do it for you - make an appointment for a detailing service across the street from us at Yates Kingstowne Car Wash!

Source: Car Care Council

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