How long has your car sat in the garage, driveway, or curbside without running?
You may find that, when you are ready to use it again, there are a whole host of problems with the vehicle. Our cars need to be used on a regular basis; otherwise, their parts begin to deteriorate.
If you do not plan on using your vehicle during this time, you should at least start it a once a week and perhaps take a spin around the block.
Below are some of the things that you can expect will happen to your car if you let it sit too long without being used.
Fuel Pumps Will Stop Working
If, after your car has sat for a long time, it will not start when you go to turn it on, it could be that your fuel pump broke down during the time it had been sitting because the car’s fluids were not running through all of the various components built into the car, leading to damage over time. If your fuel pump is, indeed, causing you problems, you will need to have your mechanic repair or replace it for you.
The Car Fluids Go Bad
When your car sits for a long time, its various fluids, including antifreeze, oil, and others, will go bad because they have not been running through all of the proper compartments throughout the car’s engine. Therefore, you need to drain out all of the fluids before storing your car for a long period of time. Follow your car’s manual or ask a professional for help in doing so. And then make sure you remember to replace all of these fluids before starting the car up again.
The Car Battery May Die
One of the things that is most likely to stop working while your car sits for a long period of time is the battery. Without a charged battery, you will not be able to get the car started. You will either have to have someone use jumper cables to give your battery a short-term boost and get it running again temporarily, or you will have to get the battery replaced entirely. The older the car’s battery is, the more quickly it will drain while it sits, but even newer car batteries can drain if the car is not used for a long period of time.
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