Since the Movement Contol Order (MCO) has been extended until 14 April, Malaysians have another two weeks to refrain from going out, The MCO is now enforced stricter as the authorities are constantly reminding people to stay home and on how to stay safe.
The MCO also means most cars will be parked for up to 28 days and not many have considered what to do to their own vehicles during this period.
Here are some suggestions on how to keep your vehicle in good shape during the MCO.
1. Warming up car battery
A vehicle needs to be started periodically (the recommended period is every seven days) in order to maintain functionality. One of the basic components a car has, is the battery. The battery primarily starts the engine and provides electrical power to other parts of the vehicle so if the engine is not run frequently, the alternator is unable to charge the battery.
To avoid this, start your vehicle’s engine and keep it running for 5 - 10 minutes to allow the alternator to do its job. While you’re doing this, don’t turn the air-conditioning and play any music or watch a clip, for that matter. Turning them on will draw current from the battery and reduce the effectiveness of the charging process. Once you’re done, don’t forget to lock your vehicle by arming the alarm.
2. Keep Tyre pressure in check
Tyre pressures should be checked a bi-weekly basis to ensure they are pumped to the recommended pressure, by your car’s manufacturer. The best way to check them is to use a tyre pressure gauge or view the TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) display as found in certain models. If they are underinflated, go to the nearest fuelling station and pump them back up.
Additionally, leaving your vehicle parked in the same spot for several days could result in flat spots on your tyres. Eventually, the tyre will lose its shape which can cause vibrations to be transmitted through the steering wheel when driving, even on smooth roads. To avoid this, move your vehicle forwards or backwards when you’re charging the vehicle’s battery.
3. Sanitize, Sanitize
During the MCO, it’s a good idea to practice sanitizing your hands and the surfaces you’ve touched, particularly in your vehicle (see our previous article on sanitizing the interior). After each journey, make sure you use some disinfectant to wipe surfaces like the steering wheel, door handles, window switches and gear lever. If you have an audio system with a touchscreen, mist some disinfectant onto a soft cloth and gently wipe the surface.
4. Wipers need to be wiped, too
If you leave your vehicle parked in the sun, it’s good practice to lift up the windshield wipers. The heat transfer from your windscreen glass and prolonged exposure to UV rays will cause your wiper blades to harden, making them less effective. Lifting up the wipers aren’t enough, it is also advisable to wipe the wiper rubber surfaces with water to ensure its durability.
The above auto tips are easy to follow and are recommended for all car owners. The tips are meant to ensure your ride would be in great shape during this MCO. After the MCO period is over your car will be ready to take you back out again to do your daily activities and more.