Vehicle Care during Corona lockdown
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
During the course of the 21-day lockdown your vehicle will be sitting idle. To ensure the health of your vehicle here are some essential tips to keep in mind.
Please keep in mind that while you go out to start or check your vehicle, it is utterly important to wear gloves and face mask at all times. Also. wash your hands properly with soap and sanitize them once you are back in your home. Please take all the precautions suggested by the government and WHO to help stop the corona-virus spread
Park your vehicle safely
This is the first and foremost step towards vehicle care during this lockdown. Make sure that your vehicle is parked in a covered spot or parking. However, if you don’t have one, cover your car or bike with a vehicle cover. This is required in order to protect your vehicle from sunlight and bird droppings. Moreover, a car or bike cover also prevents the collection of leaves and flowers on the vehicle during prolonged parking. It's also important to remove leaves and flowers as they are a breeding ground for bacteria.
Clean your vehicle
Before you put your car away for an extended amount of time, make sure you clean it. Dirt and muck can get stuck to the paint and leave permanent stains. If you’re washing it with water, remember to wipe it down to help it dry quicker before covering it up for storage.
Your vehicle is likely to miss proper ventilation in the cabin for most of the three weeks, hence it would be a good idea to remove leftover knick-knacks and food wrappers to prevent any foul odours from developing. Thoroughly dust off and vacuum clean the interiors, paying close attention to the muddy bits like the carpets and floor mats. And if you plan on following up the advice of regularly starting the car, do wash your hands before and after to avoid contaminating the vehicle’s interior with possible COVID-19 contagions that you may have picked up somewhere else. And to err on the side of caution, try to disinfect the cabin as well.
Preserve the battery
As your vehicle has to be parked for a significant amount of time, it is important to prevent its battery from getting discharged. For this you can either, disconnect the battery of your vehicle by removing the connections or you can opt to start your vehicle every 4 to 5 days and keep the engine idling for a few minutes in order to ensure the normal functioning of the battery and prevent it from running out of juice. Following this advice will save a lot of trouble and help avoid the need to jumpstart your ride when you can eventually get back into the driver’s seat.
Keep the vehicle running
If you plant to start your vehicle every 4 to 5 days, remember to operate all the systems, including the air conditioner, wipers, indicators. This will not only help to keep them in good shape but will also allow you to diagnose any faults and problems well in advance of actually being able to hit the roads.
If circumstances permit, take your vehicle out for a short spin inside the bounds of your society or colony. And if that doesn’t prove to be feasible, move your car forwards and backwards to keep it from remaining stationary for too long. This will help prevent flat spots on the tyres.
Avoid engaging the handbrake
Avoid engaging the parking brake/handbrake when you leave the car idle for a long time as it could get jammed. It's always better to leave the car in gear or parking mode if your car has that feature. For additional safety, you could also go old school and use wheel chocks, like using a big piece of wood or brick to keep the car from rolling.
Park your two-wheeler on the main stand
If you own a bike or a scooter, we advise you to park it on the main stand. The reason behind this is to ensure that all fluids in the vehicle like fuel and oils are in place and at a balanced level. Also, in order to prevent any theft, you can use a disc or spoke lock for your two-wheeler if you park it outside your home in the open.
Plug the exhaust
In case you live in an area filled with small wildlife cretins, it may be a good idea to cover the exhaust pipe opening with some steel wool. This will stop small creatures from finding a home in your car’s pipes. Make sure you don’t forget to take it out before starting up the car the next time.