Tips for keeping your car dependable during Covid-19 pandemic

Many countries worldwide are struggling to fight against Covid-19 pandemic. People have been advised to stay home, and everyone should follow that advice and practice social distancing as much as possible. However, keeping your car dependable, especially for those who work from home and use the care infrequently, is an important task. Please refer to the suggestions and tips below to help you maintain your car through this challenging period.

1. Clean the car frequently

Some people only wash car if they are used regularly, however, this habit may cause bad effects to your car. If is your vehicle is parked outside, it’s likely to accumulate dust, bird droppings, and other contaminant. It is ,therefore, advised to wash your car and vacuum the carpet at least once a week to ensure the car at the best working condition.

Rats and other pests can cause real trouble for vehicles in long-term storage. Take reasonable steps to protect your parking area from common pests, and if your car has been parked for more than a few weeks, we recommend popping the hood and taking a look for any evidence that wires or belts have been chewed on.

2. Engine Oil

Oil Stick to check the condition of oil in your vehicle

Engine Oil or Fluid is another major issue for long-term storage. Fuel can separate, and water vapor can accumulate in your gas tank. Gaskets and hoses that aren’t kept lubricated can dry out and become brittle. Hence, if you’re planning on letting your car sit for one months or more, make sure to start and let your car run at least 30 minutes each week. In addition, you should follow recommendation from manufacturer to change oil at least 3 months or 5000km, whichever comes first. It is also suggested that you bring your car to the nearest Nissan authorized dealers to change oil instead of doing at home due to strict requirements for safety and handling with used oil.

3. Battery

Over time, your car’s battery can discharge and leave you needing to jump-start your car. Thus, you should start and run your car t least 20 minutes per week to help battery recharge. Another method is that if you know your car will be sitting for a long time, you can always disconnect the battery.

4. Brakes

Another useful experience is that if you know your car will be parked fora month or more, you should leave the parking brake off. When left unused, brake rotors can begin to develop rust on the surface of the rotors. If you leave your parking brake engaged for a long period of time, it can actually cause the brake pads to bind to the rotors, resulting in errors when brake system works.

Obviously, you should always put safety first and check your brake periodically according to recommendations from manufacturer.

5. Tyre

The biggest concern with tires is flat-spotting, which is when the weight of the vehicle sitting on one spot flattens out a portion of the rubber on the tire, especially with “low tire pressure” condition. While flat-spotting isn’t likely to happen in two weeks, if conditions are right, a month of being stationary might be enough to cause problems. We recommend starting by checking your tire pressure and inflating them to factory specification.

6. Wiper

According manuals from manufacturer, windshield wipers tend to last about six months before needing to be replaced. However, harsh hot and tropical conditions in Vietnam might prove especially tough on them, making the rubber curve and not working properly . In order to prevent this issue, you may simply wipe them down with a plastic shrink wrapping.

These are some basic inspections and car care that can be done at home.

If you have any other request, please contact Nissan Vietnam Hotline: 1800 6883 for further support.