Stopped car, doubled danger
People working from home, companies closed or on collective vacations and distance learning classes. As a result, fewer vehicles running and many cars standing still. But, you know that these cars can present problems for this downtime. What about your customers? Do they know this? To know more, check out: how long can you idle a car
Due to the recommendations of social distancing defined by the health services, of course, many vehicles are parked in garages. In addition, the use of vehicles as a means of transport dropped because people were working at home (home office) and classroom classes were suspended.
That means the car doesn't run, so there's wear and tear on components and it won't have any problems, right? Wrong!
Stationary car also requires care and your client may not know it. Who should guide you? You!
The car was built to be in motion and the long period off can compromise different components of the vehicle, such as the engine, the fuel tank, the battery, windshield wiper blades and the tires.
Does your customer know this?
With this in mind, SABÓ has prepared some technical guidelines and clarifications for you to present to its customers, after all, they are not taking their cars to your establishment, but they are still your customers. So, remember them and keep in touch, if only to say that you are working and the willingness to assist him if he needs it.
Let's see some questions your customer may have.
Do I need to start the car every day?
No. The car doesn't need to be started every day in situations like this. Most brands recommend starting the car for 10 minutes once a week, or doing this for 20 minutes every fortnight. Running the engine once every two days will be more than enough to avoid battery, electronics and engine problems.
Just be careful with the exhaust gases. If you live in a building and your vehicle is in a locked or underground garage, these gases can be very harmful to your health, or even lethal in excessive amounts. If your garage is underground, take your car close to the garage door or an open area to let the gases dissipate faster.
Just starting the car is enough?
No. Just running the engine periodically is not enough. He should run the car at least once a week and for about 20 minutes. This small turn helps prevent wear and tear on various components, such as hoses, coolant, lubricant, electrical system and others.
Can I disconnect the battery?
Yes, but there are restrictions. The car battery is one of the main components that the owner needs to worry about if he is going to leave the vehicle idle for a long time. If the car is not started periodically, the battery will surely lose charge.
In addition to being essential for the driver to start the engine, the battery is also responsible for the operation of the entire electrical system of the vehicle, such as air conditioning, radio, headlights and alarm. If it is unloaded, the owner will not be able to start the car when using it again.
And even with the vehicle turned off, the battery can discharge. The main reason is that the alarm system is still working and, over time, it will consume all the energy stored in the vehicle's battery.
If the car is going to be stopped for a long time, without any use, technicians advise you to take the first preventive action: disconnect the negative battery cable. Manufacturers estimate that, with the cable disconnected, the battery will maintain a level of charge sufficient to start the engine for a period that can vary between 10 and 30 days. But be aware that there are restrictions.