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    Car maintenance in the times of mandatory lock-down!

    Given that our cars are more like family members to us auto enthusiasts, how do we make sure that they remain healthy during this 21 day lock-down that they too will be facing? Lets have some important pointers and suggestions going so it can benefit all. My two cents:

    1] Usually we are advised to disconnect the battery terminals if the car will remain stationery for multiple weeks or so. But in the present scenario, it would be better to start the car once every few days and run the engine for atleast 10 minutes if not more. It will take time to reach operating temperature, but it would be good to get the engine oil, fuel, coolant, etc running through the system. Will keep the fuel pump primed as well;

    2] Getting the engine up to operating temperature once a while may also keep rodents at bay. Else, a stationery car’s engine bay is an invitation for rodents to make home. As an added precaution, I make small tobacco filled pouches with a couple of holes in them (about 6-8 pouches should be good) and tie the pouches on cables all around the engine bay;

    3] If possible, drive around for a bit within your car park. If that’s not possible, move your car around so that the tyres rotate. You don’t want the tyres to ‘square off’ or ‘flat spot’ on that one bottom patch of tyre which has taken the weight of your car for days at end. Also, keep the tyres inflated to optimum levels. A cycle pump along with a reliable air pressure gauge can be used in case you don’t own an electric pump;

    4] Keep your fuel tank filled up as much as possible. This will help in minimising evaporation of the fuel and also avoid moisture condensation, thus ultimately preventing rust formation in the fuel tank;

    5] Roll down your windows for a while for air to circulate within the cabin;

    6] Do not engage the handbrake as leaving it engaged for a long time can result in the brakes jamming. If there is a probability of rolling off, consider using bricks / piece of wood and keep the car parked in 1st gear;

    7] Park your car in a covered parking, if possible. Wash your car regularly, preferably with your own two sanitized hands!

    Just a few things that I thought of penning down since I plan to follow the above. Please add / correct any of the pointers mentioned above.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Car maintenance in the times of mandatory lock-down!

    While i won't be doing point no. 1, i will definitely take the car to the (allowed by authorities) run to the market for groceries / veggies.
    Members doing the same are advised to take the precautions of wearing mask and gloves.
    Regarding tobacco pouches - it will be difficult to source tobacco at this time.

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    Re: Car maintenance in the times of mandatory lock-down!

    Thanks for sharing this, Roms

    Been following almost all points mentioned however regarding the 6th point I wanted to know -

    Whats the harm in engaging the gear instead of handbrake for weeks or months? I understand with the handbrake, in long term it causes the rear wheels to jam.
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    Re: Car maintenance in the times of mandatory lock-down!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudrah View Post
    Thanks for sharing this, Roms

    Been following almost all points mentioned however regarding the 6th point I wanted to know -

    Whats the harm in engaging the gear instead of handbrake for weeks or months? I understand with the handbrake, in long term it causes the rear wheels to jam.
    As such, there should be no issues with keeping the car parked (for about a month or two at most) with 1st gear engaged. Similarly, for automatic cars with Torque Converters, the park position or 'P' on the gear lever will mechanically lock the wheels without the involvement of brakes.
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    Re: Car maintenance in the times of mandatory lock-down!

    Facing a lot of issues with fungus formation on seats in the Creta as the same is parked in the basement. Have cleaned the seats three to four times but the same comes back in a couple of days. Will explore parking on the road for some sunlight. Hopefully it will help.
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    Re: Car maintenance in the times of mandatory lock-down!

    Nice points @roms. I have taken all the measures mentioned by you while leaving my Palio in Bangalore last month. I have come to Delhi now and don't know till when i will be here.

    Adding to above points, i have also placed some silica gel pouches near the seats to prevent the smell inside the cabin.

    Planning to get the car to Delhi via packers and movers next month. I hope everything goes fine during the transfer of the car.

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    Re: Car maintenance in the times of mandatory lock-down!

    Quote Originally Posted by neelay2709 View Post
    Facing a lot of issues with fungus formation on seats in the Creta as the same is parked in the basement. Have cleaned the seats three to four times but the same comes back in a couple of days. Will explore parking on the road for some sunlight. Hopefully it will help.
    Neelay, from my past experience, there is lot of moisture inside your car, the floors or carpet must be wet. Which is why fungus must be appearing.

    Remove the floor carpet once and check. Also do a dry blower inside the interiors and see.

    Lastly check if there is water leakage inside car.
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