Nissan Shares Tips for Keeping Your Car in Storage
If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably driving a little less these days, thanks to stay-at-home orders and quarantines. That’s why Nissan has provided a handy guide to maintaining your vehicle while it’s parked in your garage or driveway. According to Ryan Fulkerson, Nissan North America’s director New Model Engineering, “The longer a vehicle sits unused, the more likely it is to develop issues.” Here’s what the Fulkerson recommends doing to stave off problems and keep your car running smoothly.
Even when it’s parked, your vehicle will continue to drain power from its battery. While you can keep the battery charged by taking your vehicle for a short drive regularly, Fulkerson also suggests a trickle charger or a battery tender. Just crack open the hood and attach the device to the battery’s terminal. However, this works best for garaged vehicles, since you’ll need access to a power outlet.
Cleanliness is a virtue
Road grime and organic debris — like bugs and bird droppings — can eat away at your vehicle’s finish. Whether you’re storing your car outdoors or in a garage, it’s a good idea to give it a thorough scrubbing to protect its paint job. If you don’t have a garage, Fulkerson mentions investing in a car cover to protect your vehicle from the elements.
Fill up on fluids
Make sure your vehicle’s oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid have been topped off. It’s also a good idea to fill up your car’s gas tank since a partially filled tank can rust over time. Your vehicle’s fluids will also benefit from regular short drives because movement prevents fluids from settling and gumming up your car’s machinery.
Short drives with big benefits
Fulkerson explains that even a 20-minute drive once a week can have a major impact on your vehicle’s health. In addition to keeping the battery charged and the fluids flowing, regular activity prevents rust from forming in your vehicle’s brake system. It can even help prevent flat spots from forming on your tires.
Preventing tire troubles
Check the sticker on your car’s door to find the vehicle’s recommended tire pressure, and make sure the tires are properly inflated. If you drive a Nissan, you can shortcut the tire-pressure-checking process with the available Nissan EasyFill Tire Alert feature.
Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.