FIVE REASONS TO USE YOUR CAR MORE OFTEN
For some reason, not all car owners make their four-wheel a part of their everyday mobility. Easier access to trains, buses, or ride-hailing apps could be why a car is parked at home most days of the week.
If you’re one of these car owners, you may want to re-think your strategy. A car that’s unused for a long period of time may experience several breakdowns. The battery, for one, can drain out because it’s missing the re-charging cycle that happens when the engine is on.
Moreover, you shouldn’t be surprised to find flat spots as your tires lose air. Damage may also affect the wheel bearing, as the car is resting primarily on a single spot. If you do plan to let your car sit for a while, avoid flat tires by making sure they are properly inflated. If possible, check tire condition once a week or jack up the car to avoid it resting on its wheels. To maintain the wheel bearing, drive the car just around the neighborhood to keep it working.
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The inside of your car also needs attention. The oil may settle in the tank and loses its protective potency. This may accelerate damage in engine parts that rub each other. Don’t forget to change your oil if you’re about to re-start the car.
Your fuel may also go bad. When not in use, especially in a prolonged period, fuel quality deteriorates – from its RON efficiency to residue development. Expired fuel is dangerous to a car’s combustion system. In cars with injection system, fuel may block the injector. In a worse scenario, fuel residue that settles on the bottom of the tank eventually corrodes and create holes in the tank.
There is another problem that is external, but just as crucial: rat infestation. A car in a garage, especially without proper lighting, is like an open invitation to rat invasion. Rats may chew your car cables, even your engine. They may snuggle under your car’s hood, thinking it as their new home, and leaving you with a very bad odor when the AC is on.
The good news is, you can keep them away by washing your car thoroughly and put aroma that rats hate in their hideouts. There are different scents you can use from camphor, disinfectant, peppermint, traces of a cat or dog, to beach mulberry.