It may sound obvious, but cars are meant to move. If they go too long without being driven, they can start to develop problems that range from mildly inconvenient to potentially dangerous. Thankfully, there are a few easy signs to keep an eye out for and some simple ways to care for your vehicle while it sits idle.
What issues your car develops while inactive depends in large part on how long it sits still. If you haven’t driven in a while, you may find that the battery is dead or the tires are deflating. The simplest way to prevent either of these issues is to take your car for a spin every week or two, if possible.
Over longer periods of time, more serious issues can crop up. For instance, if your car isn’t driven for long enough, some fluids can separate, and components that are meant to be lubricated can sustain lasting damage. Similarly, if your brake rotors don’t move for an extended period of time, they can start to accumulate rust and eventually permanently harm the brakes.
The cure for nearly all of these problems is to keep your car in motion, preferably for at least 20 minutes every two weeks. Of course, if the issue is more serious, you can always bring your vehicle in for service.
If you want some more advice on how to care for your vehicle while it sits idle — or if you’re in need of repairs or maintenance — don’t hesitate to give us a call at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, New York.