The MCO has forced everybody to be grounded and abide by the StayHome and Staying Distancing policies. However, your car still needs a little driving and tender loving care, during the quarantine.
The current MCO has drastically reduced traffic by up to 50 percent or more in the Klang Valley. Therefore, most people won’t be able to drive as often, so what do you need to do about your car? You should take regular time to care for your vehicle every week, even if you don’t drive it regularly. Experts have noted that at least 20-30 minutes of driving weekly would give your ride a chance to get its circulation moving and breathe a little.
By just warming up the car isn’t enough, a car needs to be driven to avoid any specific issues with the systems and other important functions. Some of the most common problems for a car if left sitting around are the brakes, air-conditionng, tyres, battery and more. Here are some advice to care for your car during the MCO.
If you car is sitting around for too long, say two weeks, it’s enough to make the wheels feel like they’re locked in place and you’ll need to give the car some gas to get it rolling again. In addition, the car’s brakes might be rusty and brake pads won’t grip firm. So, it is advisable to take a drive around the neighborhood, even for a short distance.
Let a set of tyres sit for long enough with the full weight of a car or truck pushing down on them, however, and flat spots can pop up. If you’ve ever left your car to sit for a while and felt a lumpy or uneven ride when you first start driving it, that’s likely from flat spots. How to get rid of it? Once you go for your regular drive, try to avoid parking on the same exact area on the tyres as before to avoid compounding the flattening effect and making an even lumpier ride next time you set off.
Starting up your car every couple of days is a good way to get air and liquid flowing through the system instead of being on idle. Remember, your car needs to run in order to get the proper lubrication.
Typically, your car replenishes the battery when you drive, but without regular operation, the constant drain can add up. Even if you’ve never had battery problems before, they might pop up when the car sits for a while. This is especially true if the battery hasn’t been replaced in a while or it’s a lesser grade batt that requires more frequent changes.
Exterior and body paint
It may seem like a waste to get a wash when your ride is just going to sit in your driveway most of the time, but environmental factors can really take a toll on the paint. What do you do? Give your car a little scrubbing to prevent any unwanted marks or eye sores on your car’s exterior or body paint.
The air filter sits between the outside air and the interior of your car. When it’s working correctly, it can block dust and other allergens from getting inside. When it gets too cluttered, however, air may avoid the filter completely. That could even inhibit proper function in the air conditioning system resulting in a frozen compressor and less cold air inside.
Cleaning the car’s cowl, the space between the windshield and the hood where the windshield wipers reside, can help keep too much debris from gathering and working its way toward the filter. If a lot of wind blows over the car where it’s parked, air will still travel through the filter and leave deposits. So, do check it regularly particularly if you live in dusty or dirty conditions.
Not every car has a sunroof, but if yours does, it needs regular attention. The drain around the edges of the sunroof can get jammed with debris, especially if the wind from regular driving isn’t there to blow away some of the dirt. If debris pushes the rubber moldings apart, water may find a way into the vehicle. Leave it in there long enough and it could reshape the rubber and require new seals down the road. So, be sure to take a look at it regularly and clean as needed.