What Happens to Your Car When You Do Not Drive

What Happens to Your Car When You Do Not Drive

The new coronavirus pandemic has parked most cars, unused inside garages, or on the sides of the streets. If you have not picked up your keys in a while, check your car because things are quietly happening to your car even when you do not drive it. Below are seven things to watch out for.

1. Tires become flat and lose pressure.

When you do not drive, your tires develop a flat spot. The weight of the car constantly puts pressure on the same part of the tire and it creates a dent. The pressure drops about one or two PSI per month, too. A quick spin around the block once a week will help avoid this problem.

2. Fluids and oil go stale.

Fluid pools in certain areas when your car sits for a long time. This will definitely create problems. For example, older oil will not lubricate as well as fresh oil. Remember to run the engine every two weeks for about 10 minutes to lubricate the car properly.

3. The battery loses charge.

Even when the car is not driving, the battery is still running. A good trick to do when you are not going to be driving your car for a few weeks is to install a trickle charger. This will continue to supply power to a car battery when the vehicle is not in use.

4. Air-conditioning seals dry up.

This can lead to integrity issues so pay attention. You can also lose freon. No freon means hot and sweaty car rides in the future. Again, turn your car on once a week and leave the air-conditioning on for 10 minutes to prevent the seals from drying up.

5. Take care of your gas tank.

If the fuel tank is near empty, moisture can build up, which will ruin your car. However, filling it up to the brim before parking long-term may cause an overflow as the gas expands in warm weather. Gas also goes bad after a short time.

6. Ants take over.

Food scraps inside your car are open invites for ants to move in. Make sure you clean your car and take out all garbage if you do not want an ant problem.

7. Damage from tree sap.

Spring brings tree sap that can adhere to your car if it is parked under trees. It can be sticky and difficult to remove. The moment you notice it on your car, clean it with a tree sap cleaner to prevent major damage.