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Caring For Your Car While It Sits Idle

Auto Mechanic | Carlyle, IL

If your vehicle is going to sit idle for days or weeks at a time, it is important to continue to care for it so that once you’re ready to drive around Carlyle or the rest of Illinois, your car can perform at full strength. These tips will help you keep your idle ride fresh and ready to go when you need it.

Cover Your Car

If your car is sitting outside, protect it from the spring rain and impending summer sun by covering it with a soft wrap that allows it to breathe. This will prevent rust and paint damage while keeping your upholstery and rubber trim safe from the sun.

Service and Maintenance

K&J Chevrolet is open for business and happy to provide service and maintenance for your car. No-contact service is available so you can have your vehicle worked on without even leaving your home.

If you expect your vehicle to sit idle for an extended period of time, you can purchase fuel stabilizers and trickle chargers, and even have them shipped directly to your home. The former keeps the gas in your tank from breaking down, and the latter prevents your battery from drying while it’s inactive.

Drive It Periodically

Warm engines prevent fluids from going bad while reducing the risk of various parts drying out. Just driving your car up and down the street every few days will stop tires from flattening out on the bottom, keep your drivetrain well lubricated, and alert you to any problems that might require service or maintenance.

If you have any questions about how to care for your car while it sits idle—or if your trusty Chevrolet needs some professional attention—don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with us at K & J Chevrolet.

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