Five Tips for Maintaining a Car You Don’t Drive Often
Has your European car had to sit more often than you really want it to? That can be the case for many car owners, and SimplyEuro Automotive Repair wants you to know about these tips for helping your car to remain safe to drive after it sits.
Keep the Car Covered
Your European car’s paint is susceptible to damage from the elements, even dust. So, even if your car is kept in a garage, it’s a good idea to keep it covered if you’re going to let it sit. Be careful removing the cover, because dragging it across the surface of the car can scratch the paint, too.
Check the Tires
The tires are another possible problem after your European car sits for months at a time. Tires are constantly losing air pressure, so it’s important to keep an eye on them. Rubber can also dry rot, so look for signs that the tires are not holding up well to their time sitting.
Change the Oil and Check the Other Fluids
If you’re planning to drive your European car again, it’s important to change the oil and at the very least check the other fluids in the car before you start it up. Most of those fluids are going to likely need to be swapped out, too, especially if the car has been sitting for longer than a couple of weeks.
Check Belts and Hoses
Like the tires, other rubber parts can dry rot and experience problems. Hoses and belts need to be checked to make sure that they’re still safe for the car. If you don’t take this step, it’s possible that hoses can spring a leak or belts can snap, and that can leave you stranded when you least expect it.
You Can’t Just Take Off After Months
The bottom line is that as wonderful as the engineering is in your European car, you can’t just hop into it and take off if the car has been sitting for weeks and months. The battery can die, other systems can fail, and it’s just harder on the car than it has to be. It pays to make sure that the car is in drivable condition after it has been sitting.Want to leave all this verifying to the experts? SimplyEuro Automotive Repair in Castle Pines, CO is here for you. Get in contact with us today and we’ll be happy to take a closer look at your European car for you.