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What Happens to a Vehicle When it Sits Idle for More than a Week?

What Happens to a Vehicle When it Sits Idle for More than a Week?

Whether you're something who doesn't drive often or you have a car that you don't use as much as another, you may wonder if your vehicle sitting idle has any effect on its performance or maintenance. A typical vehicle owner may think that not using a car can extend its lifetime and help better maintain it - however, this is not the case! A rule of thumb to follow is to start your car at least once a week. This will help get the juice flowing and help prevent some of the issues that can occur with an idle vehicle. Think of your vehicle like your body - sure you want to rest, but you also want to get up and get exercise regularly to keep your joints moving and your blood flowing. Your vehicle needs the same exercise.  So, what actually happens to your vehicle as it sits idle?  The battery begins to lose its charge. When the battery loses its charge, you may find that you aren't even able to start your car.    Your tires can lose air pressure and b ... read more

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