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Car care before you leave it unused for a long time

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 03 May 2010

Leaving your car unused for long periods of time can have a damaging effect the vehicle. A slow deterioration sets in and can create problems when you want to drive the car again.Besides the exterior body getting faded and corroded due to exposure to heat and rain, the interiors can get damaged too.

The critical components – like the fuel system can get clogged, the engine oil can get contaminated with sludge and acids.

Therefore it is necessary to take certain precautions before storing your car for an indefinite period of time.

  • Protect your car from the forces of nature, preferably inside a building that’s cool, dark, and dry. If you don’t have a garage, try requesting a neighbour to rent out some space for you.
  • If the vehicle is going be completely sealed, place a few desiccant bags inside the enclosure to absorb any trapped moisture. If it is going to be stored outside without an enclosure, make sure you protect it with a multi-layered fabric.
  • Change the oil and filter. Used oil contains acids, moisture, and other combustion byproducts that, over time, can cause corrosion inside the engine. Drive the vehicle for a few miles to make sure the new oil gets thoroughly circulated.
  • Pull the spark plugs and pour a few drops of oil into each cylinder before replacing the plugs. This will help prevent the cylinders from rusting.
  • Seal off engine openings with absorbent cotton to keep moisture out.
  • Remove the battery and clean its top with a mixture of baking soda and water.
  • Use fresh fluids, including transmission and rear axle. Check the color of the brake fluid. If it looks brown and dirty, it needs to be flushed. Old brake fluid has a lot of moisture in it, which could cause rust in the system.

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One response to “Car care before you leave it unused for a long time”

  1. urmil says:

    u can just talk. i am unsatisfy with your service . had put a clam on 17th may 2010 11.30am and was told that surveyor would come on came day, then i was told in late evening that he would come in next day morning , but he did not appear. he come on 18th may 2010 after 6.00pm. and i am
    unsatisfy with the clam that you have passed .
    my care no is MH-03-AG-4545
    POLICY NO IS VPU0187167000100

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