Change Your Maintenance Approach for Inactive Vehicles
Date:Dec 14, 2020
Experiencing hesitant ignition, a rough-sounding idle, or a noticeable drop in power while accelerating? These may not be symptoms of spark plug failure but rather degraded fluids, such as fuel and/or oil.
Gasoline can lose its combustibility in just 1 to 3 months due to oxidation and evaporation. Bad gas can start to cause problems with your car’s fuel pump and fuel injectors, which can lead to expensive repairs. Luckily, preventing fuel degradation is as easy as pouring a small bottle of fuel stabilizer -available at most local auto parts stores – into the fuel tank.
Engine oil also degrades over time, becoming less viscous and less effective at keeping various engine components properly lubricated, which can shorten engine life. Even if you are not hitting the recommended mileage interval because you don't drive as often, it is best to get your oil changed every six months.
Vehicle fails to start after sitting unused for a week or more? The most common failure affecting inactive vehicles is a low-charge or no-charge battery status. While a vehicle may be inactive, there are still slight draws upon the battery throughout the vehicle’s many systems. The first sign of a dead battery is an unresponsive startup, whether it be the turn of a key in the ignition or the push-button start on a dash.
A jumpstart or recharge will remedy the immediate problem, and investing in a quality trickle charger, which provides a low-amp, continuous charge that prevents depletion and extends battery life.