How to Keep an Unused Car Healthy

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If you do not do a lot of driving, you may be wondering if your vehicle still requires routine maintenance from time to time. Whether your vehicle is in storage, you are now working from home, or you are taking public transportation more often, your vehicle will still require maintenance so that it can continue to run its best on the roads of Chicago. The service experts at Perillo BMW would be more than happy to discuss how to keep an unused car healthy. 

How to Keep Your BMW Battery Working 

Your BMW vehicle is a complex piece of machinery. Newer BMW models come with high-tech features that use multiple computers that are always on. These amenities can slowly drain your battery, even when you do not use your vehicle often. One of the best things you can do for your battery is to run the car for about 5-10 minutes every few days. To keep your battery at the right voltage, a battery tender or minder that plugs into an outlet in your garage can help with that. 

Additional Ways Keep Your Unused Car Healthy

Even quick drives through the Park Ridge area can benefit your battery. However, that is not all they can do. These quick trips can also ensure other essential components of your vehicle are functioning as they should, such as the tires, brakes, and gas tank. Here are other ways to keep your unused car healthy:

  • Brakes: Driving your car periodically helps to prevent rust or film from forming on your brake rotors. It is also a good idea to set and release your parking brake. This helps to reduce the tension in the activated cables. 
  • Tires: When you hit the Oak Park roads every couple of days, you are able to spot small leaks in your tires before they become a bigger issue. If you like, add some extra air in your tires so they will remain at the recommended tire pressure for longer.
  • Gas Tank: It is possible for the gasoline in your tank to degrade over time. Fortunately, your fuel system is sealed, which slows down the process. This is especially true if your gas tank is full. If you are still concerned about the fuel in your vehicle degrading as time goes on, consider using a fuel stabilizer.

Keep Your Vehicle in Pristine Condition with Help from Perillo BMW

Now that you know more about how to keep an unused car healthy, we would be more than happy to answer any other questions you have about proper vehicle maintenance. If your vehicle is in need of service, you can set up an appointment online from the comfort of your home. Contact us today for more information.

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