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How to take care of a car not driven on a daily basis?

How to take care of a car not driven on a daily basis? - image

A car which is not used on a daily basis but only for an occasional drive also requires care and checking its technical condition. What should be kept in mind?

  • It is best to keep the car under some kind of roofing – sun and humidity may be harmful to car paint, gaskets, plastic elements as well as the car body and brakes.
  • The car battery charges itself during driving – that is why a car kept motionless for too long might not start. It is worth buying a supporting charger and remembering to secure the battery, contacts and electric connections with protective grease.
  • Fill the tank up – in contact with air fuel ages, while in a full tank water vapour won’t form. Additionally, this will prevent tank corrosion.
  • Pump the tyres a bit more than usual (120%), as this will prevent deformation. It is recommended to move the car from time to time, if only a bit.
  • Once in a few days, two weeks maximum, the car should be driven. It is not enough to just start it and keep it in idle running for a while. Likewise, don’t put a cold engine into high revs, wait for it to heat up, as this way water will evaporate from the inside. Dampness accumulates also at the exhaust – heat it and blow it through.
  • Change your oil regularly – it ages even faster when the car is rarely used. Use synthetic oils in modern engines – they age slower.
  • Waxing the car is recommended – this will protect it from the impact of UV radiation, road salt and other pollutions which may damage the car body.