Best Practices to Tune and Maintain Vehicle While Sheltered-in-Place

May 1, 2020

The requirement during these times of COVID-19 is that you must stay inside and away from people as much as possible. While you are adhering to these guidelines and doing what is necessary, there are some things that still need to be accomplished, including heading to the store for food.

To get this errand done quickly and efficiently, you need a car that’s going to operate safely. If you have kids, should an emergency arise, you also need to be able to get them the help they need. Thus, it’s beneficial to keep your car tuned and maintained while you shelter-in-place. Here are some car maintenance tips to achieve that goal.

The Engine

One of the most important components in your vehicle is the engine. Thus, to ensure that your car is running optimally, it’s important to change your oil on a regular basis, check the spark plugs and change them if necessary, and change out your air filter. There are several DIY guides to address these practices available to streamline your workflow, and keep you away from any catastrophes.

The Battery

To ensure that your car starts when you turn the key, your battery needs to turn. Now is a great time to test your battery to ensure that it is in good working condition and won’t give way. This means making sure that it’s free from corrosion and that the connections are tight.

If you notice any issues, getting a new battery is in your best interest. Without this part, your car won’t start. The last thing you need is to be stranded when you head out for groceries or other essentials.

The Tires

Without proper tread, your car is at an extremely high risk. Since you have some time on your hands, you can take a moment to ensure that your tires have the right amount of pressure, that the tread hasn’t worn down too low, and that they are in alignment.

When it comes to figuring out how much pressure your tires should have, this information can be found in your owner’s manual or on a sticker that is placed on the inside of the driver’s side door. Depending on the tire, you might also be able to find the recommended PSI on the side of the tire.

When it comes to determining how worn your tread is, you can also use a penny to determine how much tread you have left. Insert the penny with Lincoln upside down in between the tire treads. If the tread covers his hair, you are good to go. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to look for new tires.

The Brake System

Should your brake system need some attention, it usually gives you some signs. This could include a squealing sound when you apply pressure to the brake to stop. This could be an indication that the brake pad has worn down and metal is rubbing against metal.

If you press the brake and the car pulls to one side, this could be another issue that your brakes need to be looked at. This could also be an indicator that there is a problem with your alignment. Should the brake pedal feel soft or if it takes a lot of pressure to get your vehicle to stop, this could be an indicator that you don’t have any pressure in your brake lines.

Any sign that your car gives you that there might be an issue with the brakes should be taken care of as soon as possible. Being able to stop your vehicle will keep you and everyone else on the road safe.

Keeping Your Car Maintained

While you may not be running around as often with the shelter-in-order decree in place, there will be times that you’ll need to head out for essentials. Keeping your vehicle maintained and tuned is important and ensures that you’ll reach your destination and be able to get back home.

Many of these maintenance tasks can be done at home, and your owner’s manual should have instructions to walk you through the steps. You might also be able to find instructional videos online.

However, many dealerships and mechanic shops have been deemed essential businesses. Thus, if you aren’t comfortable doing these tasks on your own, you can take them to a professional to ensure that your car runs optimally during these uncertain times.