Tips: what to do if your car has been parked for a long time?

Before resuming activities with your vehicle, keep these recommendations in mind.

If your vehicle has been stationary for long periods of time, before starting it, check the levels and condition of the fluids in your car, to prevent damages resulting from costly repairs.


The correct level and condition of the engine lubricant, brake fluid and coolant are indicative of a car in good condition. Otherwise, they are signs of some damage that must be corrected before starting a car.

Keep in mind that in the case of coolant, it is not recommended to replace it with normal water, since the one indicated by the car manufacturer has different properties and high-performance additives that prevent corrosion, overheating and freezing. Water damages engine parts because it generates oxidation in the radiator and can damage it.

In addition, it must be verified that the coolant has three components: water, which must be demineralized, since that of the tap contains chlorine that can damage the engine; a package of corrosion inhibitor additives and, finally, a component called glycol, which prevents evaporation of the refrigerant, by allowing a much higher boiling point.

In addition to the liquids of the car, experts warn about the damage that dirt can generate on its exterior, since when it is removed from the enclosure, direct exposure to the UV rays of the sun, added to the excess of dust and dirt, can generate severe damage to the car’s paint.

The recommendation is to wash the car with plenty of water and then wax it to provide an additional protective barrier. They also advise to repair as soon as possible the damage generated by shocks or scratches that expose the vehicle sheet, to avoid the oxidation process.

These repairs should be done in workshops that work with water-based paints that allow an original finish, that are eco-efficient, that comply with environmental laws and that are also safe for workshop personnel.


Contact the author: kurtmckinney@wheelsjoint.com



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