With the enhanced community quarantine in effect throughout most of the country, most vehicles have likely been staying at home. Yet that’s no excuse not to give your car the care it needs even during this time. Nissan offers some tips to keep your vehicle in shape even when it’s not in use.
1. Wash regularly
Keep it fresh, keep it clean. Wash your car regularly to remove stains on the paint and maintain its color quality. Thoroughly clean the cabin to remove bad smells, maintain freshness, and prevent pests from coming in.
2. Fuel up
Keep your tank filled, either halfway or full. This prevents moisture build-up that could cause rust and corrosion within the tank, which may inevitably contaminate your fuel or clog the fuel filters.
3. Keep tires inflated
Make sure your tires stay inflated to the recommended pressure to lessen the risk of cracking the sidewalls or creating flat spots. Move your car forwards and backwards to lessen the risk of damaging or deforming your tires.
4. Keep things cozy
Make sure your car is parked in a safe covered area or protected with a car cover. This will protect your car from developing bumps, scratches, collecting dirt, or being subjected to the harsh sunlight that could damage the paint. Keep your car free from harmful animal droppings and loose leaves.
5. Protect the battery
A battery will eventually lose its charge if the car is not driven at least once every few weeks. Start your car every three to four days for 10-15 minutes to keep the battery refreshed. Run the air conditioner with the blower on to keep the ventilation system free of any dust or foreign particles.
For vehicles with manual transmissions, depress the clutch pedal several times to prevent the clutch from sticking.
Use a wire brush or plastic brush to clean dust and dirt from the battery every time you start your vehicle.
6. Easy on the brakes
Avoid engaging the foot brake or handbrake for long periods to avoid getting them stuck up.
For vehicles with manual transmissions, leave your car in first gear or reverse to prevent it from rolling when parked.
For vehicles with automatic transmissions, leave your car in park mode.
Wheel chocks (kalso), such as a large piece of wood or brick, can also be used to keep the car from rolling.
If you have any more questions, consult your owner’s manual or feel free to call the 24/7 Nissan customer assistance center at +632-8403-6593.
Of course the most vital tip of all is to stay safe and stay at home.
By Iñigo S. Roces