Regional Site | Philippines

People are driving their cars less and less due to stay-at-home orders and while it allowed you to save your gas money, letting your car parked in the garage for an extended period may not be the best for your car’s engine and overall parts. 

It’s crucial that you give attention to your car’s condition even though you aren’t using it as much. Here are 6-car care tips you can follow during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). 

Dead Battery

Letting your car stay idle even in a short period can lead to a dead battery. If you live in a condo, you can drive your car around the parking area at least once a week. Otherwise, you can invest in a portable jump starter or automatic battery charger to make sure you’re covered in the event that your car won’t start during the quarantine period. Alternatively, you can talk to your neighbor and enlist each other’s help should one of you need a jumpstart.

Tire Condition

Don’t let your tires degrade, inspect once a month if your tire contains the right air pressure level, and drive it around to lubricate the moving parts of your car. It’s also helpful to place a wooden block underneath your tires when you park it so that the cement won’t draw air pressure out of your tires. 

Fill up on gas

Condensation can accumulate inside the tank, and gasoline fumes can build up to dangerous levels. Prevent this by filling up on gas. 

Follow your maintenance schedule

Oil change makes the engine run smoother. Remember to change your oil at the right time interval—check your car’s brakes too while you’re at it.

Clean the inside of your car

Prevent any unpleasant smell or mold from building up by cleaning your car before parking it for an extended period.

Car cover

Use a car cover to shield your car and your car paint from external elements.