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Tips on how to maintain your car or bike during Covid’19

Here are some important tips and tricks to take care of your car or motorcycle during the fight against coronavirus.
These are crucial times, and there is no denying that. With the COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation in confinement, we must stay at home as much as possible. This is the only way we can contain this deadly virus from spreading. However, this hibernation period could take a toll on your four-wheeler or two-wheeler from not being used for such a long period. So, here are some important tips and tricks to take care of your car or motorcycle during the lockdown.Car Care

  • Make sure your car is parked in a safe covered area. If you do not have covered parking, then keep the car covered. This will protect it from bird droppings or excessive sunlight that could damage the paint.
  • It’s also important to remove leaves and flowers if your car is in open parking as flowers and leaves are a breeding ground for bacteria. Also, make sure that you thoroughly clean the cabin. Do not leave any kind of junk items in the car that might leave a bad stench and might even attract rodents.
  • It is wise to maintain a full tank during such times. If there is less fuel; then over some time, the air above the fuel would cause condensation which is not good for your vehicle. In the long run, it could even cause rusting.
  • Avoid engaging the parking brake/handbrake when you leave the car idle for a long time as it could get jammed. It’s always better to leave the car in gear or parking mode if your car has that feature. For additional safety, you could also go old school and use wheel chocks, like using a big piece of wood or brick to keep the car from rolling.
  • Disconnect your car’s battery if it is not in use for a long time. This will ensure that the battery does not get discharged while staying idle. You can also start the car once on every 3-4 days and let it idle for some time, this too will keep your battery from depleting. Also, run the air conditioner with the blower on while you are doing this so that any dust or foreign particles get thrown out.
  • Make sure that your tires are properly inflated and are at the correct pressure. When kept idle for a long time the tires could lose air pressure and keeping them inflated help prevent cracking of the sidewalls and flat spots. If you get a chance to, move the car forward and backwards to avoid flat spots.

Bike Care

  • The ‘keeping it clean and covered’ tip applies to your motorcycle and scooter as well. In addition to protecting your paint and chrome parts, covering the vehicle when parked in the open will also save rubber parts from getting crusty.
  • Keep the fuel tank full, and ensure that the chain, springs and cables are lubricated
  • If your two-wheeler has a center stand, it will be wise to make use of it when parking. It keeps the fluids in the vehicle at a balanced level and it’s much safer as chances of the vehicle falling and getting damaged are much less.
  • In addition to keeping the tank full, also ensure that the chain, springs and cables are lubricated. Check if they need any lubrication at least once a week.
  • It is also wise to take some security measures when storing your two-wheeler for a long time. If you have a spoke lock of a disc lock handy, make use of it.
  • It is wise to keep the battery disconnected to avoid depletion with your bike as well. Start your motorcycle or scooter once on every 3-4 days and let it idle for some time.

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