You might think that driving your car is what causes it to need maintenance, but letting it sit for too long can cause different kinds of problems. Whether you’re taking a staycation or just aren’t driving regularly anymore, you should try to avoid letting your car go undriven around Pekin or Dunlap. BMW of Peoria is here to help, highlighting common maintenance needs that are unique to undriven cars.
If you don’t drive often, your car battery will die. Your alternator turns engine power into electricity to recharge a battery that’s losing its charge over time. Older vehicles don’t drain the battery too much, but newer vehicles have multiple computers and electronic components that will passively drain electricity.
Like with your battery, you may expect your brakes to be fine if you aren’t driving. But in regions like ours that get snowy in the winter and humid in the summer, rotors can start to rust if they’re allowed to sit. This is especially true if you park outside.
While this layer of rust is microscopic, it will eventually do real damage, but driving and applying your brakes will wear it away. Trying to take a short drive every week or so should wear that film of rust away and keep your rotors in decent shape.
You have two worries with your tires if you aren’t driving:
If you’re worried about your gas going bad, don’t. Modern vehicles have sealed fuel tanks that should keep your gas drivable for months. But if you’re planning to leave it parked in a garage or are worried, you can find an additive that will keep your gas stable for longer. Need to know more? Contact our team or schedule a service appointment.
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