Maintain an Idle Vehicle
Keep your vehicle in tip-top shape at home.
DIY At Home Maintenance For Your Idle Vehicle
April 16, 2020
Today, the majority of drivers are doing their part to stay home as much as possible, which means they aren't driving their cars for days or even weeks at a time. It's very important to follow these three core steps to help prevent potential maintenance or mechanical issues.
- Start your car at least once a week
- Let your car run for at least 5 minutes
- Drive your car around town or even the block to get components such as your brakes, shocks, tires, and many others moving
Check your tire pressure frequently. If your tires sit for too long in the same spot, they can develop flat spots, bald spots, and affect your tire pressure. Taking your car for a spin around town or the block will help all of these issues and with also help with rotating your tires.
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If your car has been sitting for too long, the oil can deteriorate over time. Be sure to start your car to get the oil circulating and still perform the recommended oil change intervals for your vehicle. Check your owners manual for the exact oil change interval recommendations.
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DIY: Check Your Tire Tread Depth with a Penny
Not sure if your tire tread is low? Take the Penny Test!
- Insert a penny in between your tire's tread with Lincoln's head facing you and pointing down.
- If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 of an inch and it's time to replace your tires.
- Repeat this step in three separate areas of the tire; inner, center and outside.
Tread depth below 2/32", the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) considers the tire as having reached the end of its useful life and should be replaced.