How to Keep an Unused Car Healthy

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Are you stuck at home and not using your car as often as before? If so, you may be wondering how to keep your unused car healthy for when you start driving it regularly again. Orland Park drivers can easily keep their Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram healthy while it’s parked in the driveway by following our maintenance advice below. Use our car buying tips for answers to all your maintenance questions and more!



Will Your Car Battery Die if You Don’t Drive Your Car?

The lifespan of your car’s battery depends on how old it was when you stopped using your car and the car it’s given while you’re not using your vehicle.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Most modern cars operate using multiple computers that run even when your car isn’t. If you leave your car in your Mokena driveway or garage for more than a few weeks, your battery will likely die.
  • To avoid killing your battery, turn your car on for 5-10 minutes each week.
  • If your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram is parked in a garage, open the garage door at least once a week for ventilation.
  • You can also use a battery minder or tender to ensure your car battery remains at the proper voltage level. Make sure you connect your battery before taking a drive around New Lenox.

Will My Brakes Go Bad?

Your brakes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about keeping your unused car healthy. Nonetheless, you should be careful to drive your car once a week, as that will prevent them from rusting. You should also consider your parking brake if you have your unused car parked in your driveway for extended periods. Not taking your vehicle out of park causes tension to build up and will damage your parking brake.

Will My Tires Go Flat?

Tires naturally lose airflow over time, even when you don’t drive your car. Check your tires regularly to ensure you don’t have a flat the next time you get behind the wheel. If you know you won’t be driving for a while, you can overfill your tires, which will help slow down tire pressure loss.

Will My Gas Go Bad?

Gasoline goes bad over time, even if you don’t drive often. Having a full oil tank prevents condensation from building up in your tank while your car is sitting in your driveway.

Consult Our Service Staff for All Your Maintenance Needs

Our service staff is here to help Joliet and beyond keep their Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in top shape. Keep up with routine maintenance by scheduling an appointment with our service center. Need a new part? No problem. Our parts department can help you order the correct parts online and have it shipped directly to our maintenance department for professional installation. Visit us today!

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