Before attempting to get your vehicle back on the road after sitting, have a professional check your oil levels and quality, and check your coolant levels as well.
Can a Car Battery Die if It Sits Too Long?
Absolutely. The next thing to be mindful of if you let a vehicle sit too long is the battery. Did you know that when you drive your vehicle, the alternator is charging your battery? So, when you have a vehicle sit for months on end, the battery isn’t getting the charge that it normally does from being driven regularly.
Without the battery’s regular charge, it will just die. This is why many of our customers who sell us their scrap cars need us to bring a battery just to get it started and pulled out of their underground parking lots. The vehicle has sat for far too long, and the battery is completely dead.
Some people who are aware of this fact thing that just starting the car periodically will help prevent the death of the battery. However, that is not the case. The vehicle needs proper driving, not just starting, to give it a proper charge, and to help keep the engine in working order.
Why Are My Tires Flat After My Vehicle Has Been Sitting for a Long Time?
You might think that the only way a vehicle’s tires lose air is by an obvious leak, or a slow leak, but you’d be wrong.
Varying temperatures impact your tires’ ability to hold air. Going from hot to cold temperatures causes a loss in air pressure, and vice versa. This happens because hotter temperatures make your vehicle’s tires softer, and colder makes them harder. When you switch from one to the other throughout season changes (especially Canadian season changes) this affects the PSI in your tires.
If your vehicle has been sitting for a long time, be sure to check your tires before attempting to get it back on the road.
Can Your Brakes Seize After Your Car Has Been Parked Too Long?
Yes, they can. Brakes are a vital part of any vehicle, as they are ultimately what is responsible for stopping your car in any situation.
When a vehicle sits too long, the brakes can rust. This is partly due to exposure to wet weather, but also due to temperature changes which can promote condensation. Without the brakes being used, they get stiff, rusted, and can seize up completely.
There’s also a risk for a brake fluid leak to go unnoticed when your vehicle isn’t being used. So, before getting your car back on the road, have your brakes checked by a professional.
Does Gasoline Go Stale When It’s Not Used?
Just like anything, when gasoline isn’t being used, it can go bad. By bad, we mean stale. And when gasoline goes stale, it greatly affects its ability to power your car. This can cause engine problems, and also kill your fuel pump in a hurry.