Whether you work from your home office frequently or prefer to use public transit here in St. Cloud, you may not be driving your car as often as it should be. Parking your car for long periods can cause it to slowly break down — if you don’t take some extra care to maintain it. Here’s some advice from Don Robinson Mitsubishi on how to maintain a car that’s not driven often.
Protect the tires
Parking your car for an extended time puts a lot of weight on the tires that can cause leaks, bulges, and deterioration. Redistribute the pressure by rolling the wheels every week so the same section of tread doesn’t shoulder all of the weight the entire time. You can also use jack stands to ease the weight off the wheels entirely.
Have the oil changed
The more often you drive your car, the more carbon and other contaminants build up, and thus the more frequently the engine will need oil changes. So if you don’t drive your car often, does that mean it doesn’t need oil changes? Certainly not!
MotorTrend recommends changing your car’s oil at least every six months since it can still become contaminated simply by breaking down chemically over time and coming in contact with the metal inside the motor.
Detach and recharge the battery
If you don’t drive your car at all for a long time, it’s a good idea to disconnect it from the vehicle and attach a trickle charger to keep it from draining. Driving once or twice a week should be enough to keep the battery’s charge up, but any less frequently than that, and you should manually keep it charged.
Whether you drive your car every day or only a few times a month, you still need to bring it to Don Robinson Mitsubishi for recurring maintenance. Schedule service appointments every season here at our dealership.