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More people are working from home and reducing their social gatherings, so automobiles are being driven less frequently.  Leaders in the industry recommend staying on top of routine auto care and starting your car every week to help prevent potential long-term maintenance issues.

Just as it is recommended for humans to stay active during this time of social distancing, your automobile also need activity to stay in shape. When your vehicle sits idle the battery may die, tires could develop flat spots and the engine oil will start to deteriorate. To reduce your risk is is recommended that you start your car every week, even if you don’t drive it, and let it run for at least 5 minutes. If you park your vehicle in a garage, pull it outside or make sure the door is open with plenty of ventilation before starting it. In addition, closely monitor the following areas of your vehicle:

  • Tires – Correct tire pressure is key to your safety and improves performance and gas mileage. Checking the tire pressure when the car is not being driven should be done more frequently. Cars that sit idle may develop flat spots on the tires. A short drive once a week can prevent flat spots, and recharge the battery, also.
  • Brakes – When a vehicle isn’t driven, rust can start to form on the brake rotors, especially when not parked inside.
  • Battery – Vehicles now days have multiple computers that remain in operation even when the car is not running. When a car sits idle, the battery can die within two weeks.
  • Oil – When a vehicle sits the oil deteriorates, so it is important to continue to change the oil at the proper time intervals, even if you are not driving your normal mileage. Follow the owner's manual recommendation for the maximum time you should wait between oil changes.
  • Fuel – Fuel systems today assist to preserve the life of the gas in your tank and prevent fuel oxidation. A full tank of gas will help limit gas-tank condensation.   A fuel stabilizer can help extend the life of your fuel if you are concerned about your gas going bad.
  • Exterior – Removing the dirt and debris on the outside of your vehicle can help prevent rust.

Schedule an appointment to have a factory trained technician look at your Toyota by calling Conicelli at 610-825-7002 or clicking here.


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