Less Driven Vehicles Need Love Too
If you have a vehicle that’s been sitting for a while, there are a few things that you need to do. Make sure you crank and run them every month. Start and drive for a while to keep everything working; even the A/C.
When you get it out and ready to use, make sure you check all fluid levels; engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, steering fluid and transmission fluid. If you have a manual transmission, you will need to get under the vehicle and check the transmission.
An automatic transmission will have a dipstick, but the engine will need to be running. Some older vehicles’ automatic transmissions will need to be checked in neutral and some in park. It will be noted on the dipstick. The dipstick will also have cold and hot marks to be checked.
We will also need to check tires, not only for wear, but dry rot. Make sure the tires don’t have bad cracks. Air pressure is also important for any drive other than short tests. Check the air pressure before you put your vehicle on the road. Also check belts and hoses for condition, as well as wiper blades and all lights. Let’s hit the road!