Seasonal weather concerns, medical issues, new vehicle purchases, and unforeseen circumstances can leave your car or truck sidelined for an extended period. Just because your vehicle isn’t hitting the highway doesn’t mean the need for routine maintenance evaporates. Fluids and parts on your vehicle keep aging, even when the vehicle is still. From engine oil to tire pressure, a variety of key systems and components need regular TLC whether your vehicle is stored in a comfy garage or the driveway. At Serra Buick GMC of Champaign, we can help you develop a regular maintenance schedule for your ride.
While standard oil change typically relies on mileage-based estimates, such as 5,000 to 10,000 miles for newer vehicles, time also takes a toll on your fluids. If you are not driving your vehicle regularly, the fluids are still breaking down, even if it is not as accelerated as routine driving. For an oil change, you need to drive in every year, no matter your mileage for a switch. Other fluids, such as transmission fluid, can also break down over time. Because different vehicles require different fluid types, the variation in time between service visits can vary greatly. Always check with your service department for the best schedule for your low-mileage or low-use vehicle.
When you do not start your car for several weeks, you may find it unable to start due to a depleted battery. Your battery requires regular recharging it usually receives from the alternator on your daily commute or weekend trips, otherwise you could need a replacement sooner than expected. Without routine drives of approximately 30 minutes per week, you may need a boost the next time you turn the key.
Tires are another major concern when your vehicle is stationary for an extended period. A sitting vehicle’s tires gradually lose tire pressure, making it essential to double-check your inflation levels when hopping behind the wheel. For best results, take your ride for a spin at least once per week to avoid deflation and the gradual appearance of flat spots in the tire. Other components of your vehicle, such as the timing belt, require a spin occasionally, or they can start to dry out and become brittle. Over time, the parts can start to dry to the point of crumbling or breakage. If you are storing a car long-term, maintain a regular driving schedule and maintenance checks to ensure the vehicle is ready when you are.
Serra Buick GMC of Champaign is a perfect option for keeping your vehicle’s maintenance schedule up-to-date while you spend more time at home or switch to a new ride for regular usage. Our Saturday service hours and extended service hours make it easy to work in a visit during a home or work schedule. You can also return home or head to an errand using our courtesy shuttle or loaners. Our certified technicians will use OEM parts while servicing your vehicle and all manufacturer-recommend fluids.