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How to Ensure Your Car is Roadworthy Following Lockdown

If you, like so many of us, haven’t been out in your car in a long while, it’s time to start thinking about how you can get your vehicle ready for the post-lockdown world. Cars like to be running and can run into issues when they’re off the road for long periods of time, so it’s important for your checks to be thorough.

Check the Battery

  • Your car will still be running down the battery even when it’s not in use thanks to passive mechanisms like security cameras, so the first thing you will want to do is try and stop that from happening. To do this, we would recommend turning on your vehicle twice a week and let the engine run for about 15 minutes to half an hour. This will give the battery some time to recharge.
  • While you’ve got the car turned on, it would be a good idea to open the bonnet and check the battery terminals for signs of corrosion.

Tyre Troubles

  • Your car’s tyres can lose pressure even when not in use, so it’s important to check them every so often to ensure that the correct pressure is maintained.
  • If you need to inflate them, you could consider purchasing a home tyre inflation kit.
  • Also, if you want to avoid flat spots on your tyres, try moving your vehicle backwards and forwards once a week to avoid localised degradation.

Sticky Brakes

A handbrake left on for too long can cause the brake pads to be stuck to the discs, leaving you with a big problem when you finally try and pull away.

  • To combat this, if your vehicle is parked on a flat surface, you should try leaving it in gear instead.
  • If you are still concerned about the vehicle rolling, wedge pieces of wood just ahead and behind your front and back wheels respectively. This should keep it secure.

Diesel Problems

Modern diesel vehicles are all fitted with high-tech diesel particulate filters in their exhaust systems. This is to ensure that the amount of toxic fumes emitted by those vehicles is drastically reduced. However, this can lead to a buildup of soot in the exhaust system that can damage the car. 

Under normal circumstances, a swift run on the motorway would burn away this buildup, but in lockdown, the short trips to the shops simply won’t cut it. In fact, short trips may only serve to clog this filter further, so your best bet would be to try and use a different vehicle or find other methods of travel.

AC Issues

Unknown to many, air conditioning units in most new cars utilise a lubricant which flows through the system and keeps the seals friction-free. Of course, when your vehicle goes unused for long periods of time, these seals could well dry up and cause some issues with AC functionality – something you really don’t want if there’s a post-lockdown scorcher!

  • We would recommend turning your air con on when you turn on your vehicle’s engine, this will allow you to solve both issues at the same time.

If you’re looking for comprehensive tyre services, then look no further. Here at Tyres Northampton, we pride ourselves on fitting high-quality tyres with first-rate customer service. For more information on our products and services, please get in touch with a member of our team.


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