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How to Take Care of Your Car After It’s Been Idle All Winter April 1, 2019

Burney, Shasta
How to Take Care of Your Car After It’s Been Idle All Winter, Burney, California

Because winter introduces many potential hazards for your car, it isn’t unusual for some drivers to leave one of their vehicles in storage until spring temperatures return. While such measures can protect your vehicle from the elements, you likely won’t be able to simply put your key in the ignition and start driving again. The guide below offers tips on how to jump-start this process.

Do:

Check oil and other fluids.

Engine oil and other fluids can degrade over time. Before starting your car, check the condition and level of the engine oil, coolant, and brake fluid. If what is in the system appears discolored, you may need to drain it completely and replace it.

Top off the tank.

Gasoline also degrades over time. Evaporation can cause a loss of fuel while your car is in storage. Therefore, add some fresh gasoline before attempting to run your engine.

Don’t:

Forget to do an inspection.

Rubber and metal can be affected by extreme temperatures, even while inside a garage. Check the tire pressure and add new air if needed. Inspect hoses and belts for cracks or undue wear and tear. Make sure there isn’t any corrosion on your brakes. You may also need to lubricate the suspension.

Neglect the battery.

jump-startAfter a month or so of not being used, your car’s battery is likely to lose its charge. As a result, you may have to jump-start the car. While some people may try to perform this task themselves, using another one of their vehicles, doing so incorrectly could jeopardize both batteries and alternators, which could lead to expensive replacement costs. Therefore, inexperienced individuals should always call for a professional.

 

Whether you need a jump-start or help with a flat tire, Mt. Burney Towing will help you out of a tight spot. Serving Shasta County, CA, for over 27 years, this family-owned towing company is available 24/7 to provide help when you need it most. To learn more about their services, visit them online. Or call (530) 335-3333 to request a tow or jump-start.

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