As a rising number of states have implemented shelter-in-place orders, and more businesses are encouraging employees to work from home, for the time being, you and your family may find your vehicles being driven far more infrequently than usual. Leaving cars parked for long periods of time can have unforeseen consequences that can impact both the reliability and potential safety of the Car Care and Maintenance During Coronavirus.
Is It Safe To Take My Car To The Mechanic During These Times?
Unless your car needs repairs immediately, skip the shop – at least in the short term. That’s the advice of Pat Carroll, M.D., chief medical officer of the San Francisco based telemedicine platform Hims and Hers. Of course, some vehicle maintenance cannot wait. To determine if yours can, call your repair shop and simply ask. In case of a simple repair, sometimes the service technician may be able to explain it to you so that you may make the repair yourself.
With so much uncertainty right now, you may not want to take your car off the road for such a long period. There are many basic care tasks, such as checking fluids and inspecting tires, which can be performed in your driveway. Before social distancing, you would have been ahead of all routine services and repairs. People in many parts of the country have been advised to stay home, and everyone should follow that advice and practice social distancing as much as possible. But if you have repairs or maintenance that cannot be postponed, the suggestions and tips below can help keep your car running and yourself safe.
Car Care and Maintenance During Coronavirus
Don’t let the car sit idle
Drive the car at least once a week for 20 minutes or longer to ensure that the battery is charged. If you park outside, this will also provide a chance to wear the rust off the brake discs and keep the calipers from seizing by using them. It’s a good solo activity and for many people, it’s an ideal way to spend some time out of your homes.
AAA told consumer reports that it will continue to provide roadside assistance to members across the country, and its service providers have protocols in place to protect their safety and yours.
For cars that need light maintenance, some quick lube shops can perform oil changes and other services while you stay in the car.
Dealerships and tire stores are open in most areas and are able to provide replacement tires or even more significant repairs.
Stretch out service intervals
For people who don’t need to be out and driving about, stretching out service intervals makes sense. A few hundred extra miles between service visits won’t compromise an otherwise well-maintained car. If your car still has a true mechanical problem, you must ask about the shop’s coronavirus procedures, before you head for your appointment.
Check and change the oil
Check your oil levels, according to the instructions in your owner’s manual. The best time to do it is when the car is parked on level ground and the engine is cold. If the oil is low, you can top it off yourself. Oil can be found at many convenience stores and service centers, which are likely to be operating, even in states where only essential businesses are open.
At Car Factory, we have ensured the use of masks and we sanitize both our dealerships regularly to safeguard our customers and employees. Call us at 786-406-6234 for inquiries about your vehicle.
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