Quarantine Tips: Keep your car running smoothly

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Hopefully, you haven’t neglected your vehicle during the Stay at Home order.

If you’re working from home, stocked up on groceries and not taking the kids to school, chances are your car is seeing less road time. If it sits for too long, that can cause problems.

“If you don’t drive your car periodically, it doesn’t replenish the battery,” said Mike Fox with Bud Fox’s Body Shop. “Even though you may have a brand new battery, sometimes if it sits for months or weeks at a time, there may be a lag in starting your car. Occasionally, you need to start your car, even if you don’t go anywhere.”

If you don’t let the car run for a bit, the next time you drive, you may need a pair of jumper cables to get things going.

Another things drivers should keep in mind is the fuel quality after a significant amount of time has passed.

“If you’re not going to drive your vehicle for weeks or months at a time, you may want to put some fuel additive in your fuel system.”

Fuel additives keep fuel from tarnishing or going bad. You can purchase additives at most auto parts stores.

“You need to keep an eye on everything. If you do your regular service, if you do your regular driving… I don’t think you’re going to have a problem.

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