How To Safely Take Your Car Out Of QuarantineJuly 13, 2020 4:36 pm
COVID-19 and the quarantine it caused has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and millions more to work from home. If you have been working from home, have lost your job, or have become more sedentary as a result of the quarantine, your car may be feeling the effects of the sudden decrease in mobility more than you would think. Not only has your car been sitting for longer than usual, but the increased temperature may have taken an additional toll on your vehicle’s fluids, internal systems, and more. If you want to learn more about how you can easily take your car out of quarantine or are looking for a great deal on all the parts you need come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will make sure you leave with all the parts and tips you need to get any DIY job done right the first time.
Check Your Battery
Your battery can lose its charge over time, especially when it isn’t being used regularly. If you spent most of your time in quarantine keeping your vehicle quarantined as well, your battery could have lost up to 50% of its charge. Start by taking a look at your battery’s terminals to see if there is any visible battery acid or damage to the terminals themselves. If you notice excess leakage, your battery may be on its last legs. If everything visually checks out you can easily test your battery’s charge yourself with a multimeter. Prepare your multimeter by setting it to 20 DC volts and then press each probe to the correct terminal. A fully charged battery should register at 12.66 volts, with anything under 12 volts being considered essentially dead. If your battery is dead or low on charge, come into your local U Pull And Pay to find the perfect battery for your vehicle today.
Check Your Oil & Fluids
This quarantine hit at a strange time, as most of the time that your car is sitting stationary is during the colder months of the year. Since quarantine has happened during the spring and summer, the temperatures have been warmer and have probably caused some of your vehicle’s fluids to break down or evaporate. Start by checking your oil level on your vehicle’s dipstick. Make sure that the oil also looks smooth and pure, as thick oil can be just as problematic as low oil. Take the time to look over all of your fluids to make sure that nothing has run low during the quarantine.
Look Under Your Vehicle
One of the easiest ways to spot a potentially expensive issue is by looking under your vehicle. Check the ground you parked on and look for oil spots or any other fluid leaks. These leaks could be a sign of a bigger problem, so make sure that you do your due diligence to find out what is leaking and where it is leaking.
Take your vehicle out for the drive it deserves in confidence with the help of our team here at U Pull And Pay. From brake changes to full engine rebuilds, our team of DIY experts can help you get all the parts, tools, and tips you need to become an expert DIY mechanic.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling