Whilst many of us are spending a lot more time at home with less driving of our vehicles, it is important to remember that your smart will need a little TLC to ensure it remains in the best possible condition.
Whether it is keeping your car roadworthy for essential travel or ensuring that it doesn’t develop any problems whilst not being driven, there are some simple measures you can take at home to keep your car safe and running smoothly.
To help you, we have put together a few simple steps below for you to follow. However, if you have any concerns or urgent servicing requirements, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team at email@example.com who will be happy to assist.
To maintain sufficient charge in your battery, it is recommended to you turn on your vehicle once every seven days. In the first instance, start your vehicle and keep it running for a 30-minute period with the heat in the cabin set to 22 degrees. Every following week, repeat this process for 15 minutes. Avoid turning your car on and off in quick succession as this will put additional strain on the battery.
You will need to ensure that your tyres remain in good condition, checking for any wear and avoiding flat spots developing. We would suggest checking your tyre pressures regularly against those listed in your vehicle manual to ensure they are sufficiently inflated. We also advise you to adjust the parking position of your vehicle by a ¼ wheel every 14 days, to change the point of pressure will help make sure your tyres don’t get unevenly worn.
After extended periods of non-use, we would recommend gently applying the brakes when first driving your vehicle again, at a low speed. This will help to remove any surface corrosion on the brake discs. Periodically taking the handbrake off (when rotating tyres) will also help tp stop this from ceasing up long-term. Please be advised, we do not recommend leaving the handbrake off whilst the vehicle is unsupervised even on flat ground.
Top Up Vital Liquids
It is important to keep the liquids in your car topped up so that is ready to use if needed. Periodically checking liquids such as oil, coolant and windscreen wash will also alert you if there are any issues such as minor leaks or build-ups. At a minimum, we would suggest checking your fluids before any essential travel to ensure your vehicle runs as it should. It is also advised to fill your fuel tank if possible to prevent moisture from accumulating in the tank and rust developing. Adding fuel stabiliser will extend its lifespan too.
Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue)
To ensure optimum performance of your diesel engine, it is also important to keep your AdBlue (DEF) topped up. Your vehicle will give you a series of alerts to let you know when your tank requires topping up, if you ignore the warnings and your AdBlue drops to zero, your car will not start after being switched off.
Topping up the tank at home is a simple process, with instructions found in your vehicle handbook, and fluid available to buy at most local fuelling stations. However if you are at all unsure, please contact the team at your local centre who will be happy to advise you.
Keep your car clean
Giving your car a thorough clean whilst parked up for long periods of time, will not only give you something to do but also helps protect your vehicles paintwork. Tree sap, bird droppings and harsh weather conditions can all take its toll on the exterior of your car, along with build-up of mud and grease on tyres so if you are able to clean (and wax) your vehicle, it will help to keep it looking and running at its best in the long-run. If you are concerned for the paintwork of your vehicle, you can look at purchasing a car cover from your local centre to protect it from the elements.
Park it in safe place
If your vehicle is not being used on a regular basis you will want to park it in a place that is sheltered from the elements and other threats. If a garage or off-road parking isn’t a viable option, we would suggest parking your car in an area where it is easily visible to you and less likely to be damaged or stolen.
Need additional support?
Remember, we are here to help you with advice either online or by phone. Our service centres remain open for urgent servicing requirements and emergencies, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01245 968220. Additionally, in the event of an emergency or break down you can also contact your vehicle’s manufacturer roadside assistance team, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We also have a dedicated smart FAQs page that may also help to answer any additional queries you may have.
Please contact us if you require additional information.
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