With everyone remaining safe in their homes, Nancy reminds us of what to be cognizant of when starting to drive our vehicles again.
When you’re sitting at home during this pandemic, and struggling to keep yourself busy, you probably don’t realize that your vehicle, which is not being used, can become a problem.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center. Now when you’re ready to get back on the move, and you think your vehicle will take you there without fail, don’t be so sure. A vehicle sitting for an extended period of time can have problems. A drained battery would be the most obvious and annoying problem.
Now, when your vehicle sits for long periods, not in use, your battery can drain down. Another reason for your battery failing is something called a parasitic draw. Now a parasitic draw happens when one, or more, of the computers in your vehicle, or possibly a poorly grounded wire, can cause a draw on your battery, and drain it over time.
Also consider when your vehicle sits for an extended time, your tires lose air, due to temperature change. Now tires can lose air quicker during the cold weather, and as the vehicle sits with the tires losing air, you can develop a flat spot in your tires. So be sure to check the tire pressures before driving your vehicle, after sitting unused for a while.
Something also to consider is rodents nesting in your engine, or chewing on wires, since some manufacturers use soy organic material with the wire harness. So we recommend driving your vehicle at least once a week, to help prevent these problems from occurring.
Stay safe, and be sure to check out a new video each week, every Wednesday, at 12:30. We discuss different topics, such as, what oil do you use in your vehicle? Or what happens when your temperature gauge goes too hot? Making an appointment with us can be done online, in person at 5473 Somers Point Road, in Mays Landing, or as easy as by phone 609-625-3286.
Thank you for watching, and see you next week.