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In areas with lower infection rates, the curfew and lockdown regulations will likely be relaxed. Many people stopped using their cars after a prolonged lockdown, except for those who used their car to commute to buy essential supplies or those who have served the community tirelessly as part of the police and healthcare sectors.

Your car will be fine if you’ve followed these tips on how to park your car during the coronavirus locking down safely. These steps will help you safely start your car if it has been idle.

Visual Inspection under the Bonnet of a Vehicle

Perform a quick visual inspection before you start the car. This will ensure no major leaks, tyre pressure losses, or electrical damage from rodent attacks.

Check Engine Oil Level

Before you start the car:

  1. Check underneath for oil leaks or spillages.
  2. Check the oil level using a dipstick and top it up if necessary.
  3. Turn the engine on only when the oil level has reached the ideal.

Brake Fluid Reservoir

Check Brake and Clutch Fluid

Check the fluid levels of the brake, clutch and transmission. It is unlikely that these fluid levels will drop. Check that the brake fluid level is at the minimum level indicated on the reservoir. Only a mechanic can inspect the clutch and transmission fluid. If there are no oil stains on the floor, it should be okay.

Check Coolant Level

Visually inspect the coolant level to ensure it is at the correct level.

Rubber Hoses & Rubber Belts in Car’s Engine Room

Check Belts and Hoses for Wires:

Conduct a thorough inspection of the AC belt, rubber hoses, and electrical wires. Rubber hoses can crack or harden, while belts can slacken (check for tension).

After completing the visual test, insert your key into the barrel. Once the dashboard warning lights are visible, continue the steps below. If there are no lights on the dashboard, it is possible that your battery has failed or that you have a loose or damaged connector cable.

Don’t Repeat the Operation of Your Car if It Doesn’t Start:

Starting/ Cranking a Car

The voltage level of your battery may be low because you haven’t started your car for a while. This might make it difficult for the starter motor to rotate the crank to start the engine. However, the horn, wipers and dashboard light might still work.

Your car’s battery can be completely depleted if you try to start it with multiple cranks. If your car is manual, you might be able to jump-start it With external help ( pushing a vehicle), you can produce enough force for the second gear to engage, and the engine may just come back into life. A jumper cable can be used with a neighbour’s car or just a healthy battery. You can also disconnect the battery with a 10 mm spanner. Then, please take it to the nearest mechanic for external charging.

Check Tyre for Underinflation/Deflation:

Deflated Car Tyre

Your car isn’t moving an inch, so your tyres may be deflated (or underinflated) or have lost air pressure. Visual inspection can help you determine if your Tyre is in good condition. You should not drive if your Tyre is completely flat.

You can still drive like a boss if your car has Run Flat tyres.

Do not rev or race the engine as soon as your car starts.

Over Revving a Car’s Engine as indicated on the Tachometer

If your car does not start on its first or second attempt, let it sit for at least a minute before you press the accelerator. Fluids such as engine oil, transmission oil and the coolant must circulate throughout the system to maintain smooth functioning. This also helps to prevent any friction-related damage to internal components. This is especially important if your car has to turbocharge. Without lubrication, Turbo failure can occur.

These can-tips will help get your car back on track. We recommend that drivers take it slow and learn safe driving habits before speeding away. Be responsible and courteous to other drivers. Follow traffic rules.

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