TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAR IN RUNNING CONDITION WHEN LEFT AT
As we get closer and closer to the Festive Season where a lot of
people will be leaving their homes for the December Holidays, it’s always a
good time to ensure we remember to safeguard our possessions we leave behind.
One such possession being our motor vehicle.
Before leaving your precious asset, ensure that it is clean inside
and out, dry and no bird droppings are on the paint work (droppings, sap and
fruit splatters can eat into the paint work if left for a long time.
If you are able park your car near a power source, one can connect
the battery to a smart charger. This will only charge your battery if required
and it will not risk over charging.
If your car is in safe and secure environment, you can leave the
windows slightly open to keep air circulation through the vehicle.
If you are leaving your car in safe and secure off-road
environment, and on a level surface, chock all four wheels and disengage the
handbrake – this will prevent the pads becoming stuck to the discs and causing
damage – MAKE SURE the car is stable and no chance of rolling forward or
If going away for a very long time, it can be a good idea to
remove the battery and store it in a cool dry place. Battery terminals and
clamps can be lightly coated with petroleum jelly to stop corrosion and
rusting. Before doing this, if your car has a tracking system, check with your
service provider how this will affect the tracker.
Check tyre pressures before leaving the vehicle. Correct tyre
pressure will help prevent cracking of side walls from continuous pressure on
the same spot
Check your coolant has been topped up.
Fill up your petrol tank – this is the best way to prevent any
interior rusting of your petrol tank from long term storage.
On your return, if you need to replace your battery, jump start
your car or have any doubts on how to reconnect your battery – CALL A
PROFESSIONAL to ensure that it is done properly and have a diagnostic done on
the battery to ensure it has not degraded over the time you have been away
CKB ROAD ASSIST wish you all happy holidays and that you return
home to a healthy vehicle.
And if not, give us a call.
Any time, any day – and we will be there to get your car running
again as it should.
063 608 4838 | 084 211 3389
HELP – When you need it most