Top tips to keep your quarantined vehicle safe and healthy

Washing hands, disinfecting, not touching your face, and wearing masks is just the start. Staying home so more people won’t get sick is now a global effort. Many governments have taken an extra precaution by imposing strict travel restrictions, meaning our vehicles may be stuck in the garage for the foreseeable future.

Keeping your vehicle off the road for an extended period of time might seem straightforward but consider doing these 10 things for your Ford while it’s parked, so that when you are finally ready to hit the road, your vehicle will be just as prepared as you.

  1. Choose a parking spot
    Storing your vehicle in a car port will protect it from the elements and keep it at a relatively stable temperature. If you must leave it outdoors, however, consider getting a weatherproof car cover to help keep your vehicle clean, dry, and shaded.

  2. Give your vehicle a wash and wax
    Perhaps not the most obvious of tips, but water, dirt, grease, and even bird droppings left on your vehicle can damage paint. Make sure to wash your vehicle thoroughly and then consider waxing it. Wax acts as a sealant and protects your vehicle’s paint from the fading properties of the sun, dirt, and grease.

  3. Clean and place a dehumidifier inside the cabin
    Give your interior a thorough vacuum. Having a clean car will avoid insects and animals from entering your vehicle and potentially causing damage to it. Placing an off the shelf dehumidifier inside your vehicle can help combat unwanted moisture, especially in more humid climates.

  4. Change the oil and oil filter
    Leaving old oil sitting in your engine can cause damage. If you’re planning on storing the vehicle for more than a month, contact your preferred Ford Dealership to schedule an oil change. It goes without saying, when you change your oil, also change your oil filter. Consider filling up all other fluids like coolant and brake fluid. Doing this before parking your car will save you time in the future and get you back on the road faster.

  5. Lubricate
    Apply silicone spray as a lubricant to the rubber door and window seals of your vehicle. This will prevent the rubber from cracking, or sticking to the body of your vehicle, especially during hot weather.

  6. Fill up the fuel tank
    If you expect the vehicle to be in storage for more than 30 days, fill the fuel tank all the way to the top. This avoids moisture accumulation in your fuel tank which leads to oxidisation and can cause a type of gum to form in your fuel tank which can be problematic. It will also keep the seals from drying out.

  7. Inflate the tyres
    Flatspotting is when the spot in contact with the ground (the tyre’s footprint) flattens as it is pressed against the ground’s flat surface as the tyres cool. When storing a vehicle for more than a few weeks, set the tyre pressure to OEM specification, drive the vehicle until it is thoroughly warmed up, and then immediately put it up on “blocks”, taking the load off the tyres completely. Not doing this on a vehicle that will be parked for a few months runs the risk of permanently flat-spotting the tyres.

  8. Leave the parking brake down
    If you leave your parking brake engaged, it could possibly become stuck or seized after being parked over time. Unless you are parked on a slope, simply shift your vehicle into Park for automatic transmissions, or engage the first gear for manual transmissions.

  9. Lift your wiper blades
    This very simple bit of advice can save you money and time for when the strict travel restrictions ease. Lift the wipers and place a ball of cloth underneath it so the blades are not touching the windshield. Heat can damage the wiper blades over time and take away its wiping reliability.

  10. Start your car once a week
    Take at least 10 minutes every week to start your vehicle. Let the engine idle so the oil and other fluids can circulate through the engine. If you do not have a trickle charger for your battery, give the engine more time to charge your battery. This will keep your battery healthy and ensure an efficient start every time.


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