Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle During the COVID-19 Pandemic

All of us are doing our part to help stop the spread of the CoronaVirus. During this historic time, our vehicles are parked for longer than normal periods, which can create mechanical issues. We are going to provide you some tips on how to keep your car in good shape while being parked. If you do have to engage a mechanic or service center, the good news is that vehicle maintenance & repair is deemed an essential business sector through all levels of government. Service centers are expected to remain open through the COVID-19 pandemic.

5 Tips to help you avoid repairs during the stay at home order:

1. Fill up the fuel tank

Fuel is at one of the lowest prices we have seen in years. Having a full tank will help to prevent rust. If possible, use high-quality gasoline and a fuel additive. Make sure your gas cap is on tight and has a proper seal.

2. Battery Maintenance

If you are not planning on driving within the next 30 days, its best to remove the battery. You can use petroleum jelly or grease on the terminals, and the wire ends to prevent rusting. Ensure that the battery is fully charged and stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

3. Change the oil and filters

Used oil contains moisture, metal, filings, sludge, and other corrosive elements. It is best to put in fresh engine oil and new filters if possible. Make sure you drive the vehicle for a few miles to circulate the new oil inside of the engine.

4. Keep the Tires Properly Inflated

Check the tire pressure frequently to ensure that the tires meet the manufacturer’s recommended inflation. Moving the vehicle periodically can prevent flat spots and sidewall cracks. Make sure you have the valve caps on and secured to avoid moisture from accessing the valve.

5. Clean the Interior

Make sure you have all of the trash, crumbs, old newspapers, water bottles, and wrappers removed from the vehicle. These items can attract unwanted rodents and bugs that can do damage to your interior and wiring inside the car.

If you plan on having your oil changed or serviced, look for service centers that offer No Contact Care Care. Maintain the recommended social distancing as you do your part to help protect yourself and others.

If you need to plan for getting back on the road, be sure to checkout our mechanical breakdown insurance (often referred to as “extended car warranties”). olive’s coverage is comprehensive, has low monthly payments, no yearly mileage limits and no waiting period!