Here are the precautions to be taken to keep the car intact during the stop in the quarantine weeks
The Coronavirus it forced us to change our habits. These include daily use of the car. For the most part, the family vehicle will remain in the garage for several weeks. For this you will need to do a minimum of car maintenance to avoid unpleasant surprises when returning to the wheel. Here's how to prevent some elements of the car from deteriorating in the weeks of stop:
Even if the car is stationary and is not started, the battery suffers a slight energy consumption, minimal but still a consumption. In fact, it continues to power some devices in the car, even if it is turned off. The best solution to give more life to the car battery is to disconnect the terminals. If there was also the possibility of connecting it to a maintenance charger it would be the ideal solution. Be careful though, not all cars do well to disconnect the battery, so it is always better to consult the car manual before performing this operation.
Tires are a fundamental element of the car as they guarantee cornering grip and the ability to accelerate and brake safely. A good condition of the tires is therefore fundamental, that's why in this quarantine period we should take a little care of them too. The ideal would be to park your car indoors. In addition, the car should be moved slightly from time to time to change the point of support and avoid deformation. For this reason, it is also good to inflate the tires to a pressure slightly higher than normal.
Before leaving thecar for the quarantine from Coronavirus It is important to fill all liquids to the appropriate level. It is the only way to know once you are back by car, if there have been losses. In addition to being in good condition, oil, coolant, wiper fluid, steering oil and brake fluid must remain at the level suggested by the manufacturer. In the case of oil, moreover, given that over time it loses its properties, after so many days of stop it should be replaced together with the filter.
In the long term, humidity and direct exposure to the sun can become enemies of the integrity of our car. Whether we leave the car on the street or in a garage it would be good to protect it with a copied sheet. To protect the paint and plastics it is very important that the blanket meets two minimum requirements: it must be waterproof and breathable. and also the sheet also protects from UV rays, even better.
If you do not have a car cover, it is important to protect the interior of the car from the sun anyway. Interior plastics tend to spoil more quickly under prolonged exposure to the sun. For this reason, it is good to use sunshades on all windows and on the windshield of the car.
Humidity is the enemy not only of the car body but also of the passenger compartment. to protect the interior materials just place a small dehumidifier inside the passenger compartment. It costs a few euros and it is a very recommendable solution.
The interior of the fuel depot can deteriorate. To prevent this, just leave it half full. The important thing is not to leave the filing practically empty to avoid corrosion due to contact with oxygen and fuel evaporation gases. It is not recommended to leave it full since in this case more gas can accumulate than necessary.