How to take care of your car in and after lockdown?06-May-2020
5 simple and effective ways to take care of your car in lockdown
Car maintenance during the Coronavirus lockdown
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of India has enforced a strict lockdown in all the states and people are advised to stay home by following social distancing guidelines in order to contain the spread of the virus. Nowadays, with Naakabandi or road blocks on almost all major roads, that cherished long drive could be months away. As is the habit of many people, we tend to procrastinate when it comes to doing things that are not urgent. Let me stop beating around the bush and come straight to the point! YOUR CAR!
When was the last time you checked your car after lockdown due to coronavirus? Is the air pressure alrite? Does she have a temperature? Have you been maintaining her hygiene? No? Didn’t you give her the needed attention just weeks ago? Jokes apart, for drivers this pandemic means more than just limiting travel to essential journeys. We should also be thoroughly cleaning the interiors of our cars.
1. CLEANING YOUR CAR (It doesn’t mind cold showers)
The Govt. of the UK has issued official guidelines for cleaning households which tells us that the point of no risk is not yet possible to determine but "studies of other viruses in the same family suggest that, in most circumstances, the risk is likely to be reduced significantly after 72 hours." Use any bleach-free household disinfectant to give a thorough wipe down on all the hard surfaces, especially the steering wheel, window handles/buttons, seat-belts, headrests and gear stick. It helps to have a hand sanitizer handy for the trips later on. Also, it is a good precaution to wear any protective mask and gloves while cleaning the car. We take all the necessary precautions at Car Mechanics Online workshops across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. Click here to schedule a car wash now!
That’s it! That is literally how to clean your car interiors to reduce the risk of Coronavirus. Drive your car only after a period of 3 days after having cleaned it from inside. It is beneficial to continue this habit to protect yourself from coronavirus even after the lockdown is lifted.
2. IGNITION IS KEY! (Pun Intended)
The basic idea is any machine needs to be in motion regularly to work efficiently without any snags. The more frequently it is used and is subjected to steady maintenance schedules, the better it performs. The best way to keep your car in good condition is to keep it moving. Start your car after every 3-4 days to keep the pressure on the same part of the tyres as well as the sidewall. (Wait, what’s a tyre sidewall? Click here to know more). Also, this reduces stress on the part of the drum or disc were the brake pads are gripping increasing the life of the tyres. See? Two birds with one stone!
3. SAVE OUR BATTERY (SOB, so that you don’t later)
As mechanics, the biggest problems in cars that we see are dead batteries. However, the problem rises from less use of the car on a day to day basis especially if it’s a diesel car. Actually, speaking from experience, newer cars maintained in good conditions show far superior results when it comes to drainage of battery, even more than a month. However, it is a good habit to take precautions by turning on your car and leaving it running for 15 minutes or so every couple of weeks. Mind you we recommend this only if you have forgiving society residents or neighbours and don’t even get us started on what it does to the environment. You could also try disconnecting one of the battery terminal connections but that would be the last thing we recommend.
In case, your car battery is completely drained and you need help with a doorstep battery jumpstart, you can give us a call on +91 9930907778 or click here. We will send our car mechanic/ car technician at your location anywhere in Mumbai, Thane & Navi Mumbai.
4. NO HAND-BRAKE PLEASE
Anybody who advises you to avoid keeping the handbrake pulled if you are not about to drive your car for a few weeks, take his/her number and treat him as a very good friend. Such people care about you and your car! Mumbai’s humid weather added to the tendency of corrosion especially in older vehicles could give a chokeslam to your car’s inner machinery. As a mechanic, take our advice and keep a habit of either keeping your car in the first gear after switching it off or in the Parking (P) mode if you use an automatic model. If that isn’t enough, call your neighbour or security guard to find a nice stone/brick to stop your car from rolling down the slope.
5. USE PROTECTION (Your car needs a mask too)
Well, cleaning your dusty car is a pain and one doesn’t wish to do it regularly due to the fear of catching the virus. If you are sure that you won’t be using your car regularly in the lockdown, park your car in the shade and please use a car cover to prevent as much dust as possible. This will definitely increase the life of your wipers and avoid creaky door and bonnet joints for some time.
Thanks for your patience in reading this blog. You can always come to us for expert advice by clicking here and we’ll get your car back to awesome in no time. Please remember to drive only to get essentials or during emergencies and avoid leisure rides in the lockdown.