Car won’t start after sitting for a while? Here are some tips.

Hopefully you’ve stayed safe during this time of crisis. If your car hasn’t been started or has been driven very little, here are some tips to get it back on the road.

  1. Charge the battery slowly. Even if a battery is completely dead, it can often come back to life if you charge it very slowly (around 2 amps for 24 hours). 
  2. Check the fluids if you know how. Small leaks become big problems when left for a month or more without driving.
  3. Once you do get it started, make sure the engine gets up to operating temperature on the temperature gauge. This allows all of the parts to get proper lubrication and allows water vapor to burn off (preventing rust).
  4. Drive it around the block at minimum. This helps for a number of reasons: prevents tire flat spots, transmission and axle lubrication, etc.

Helpful links: 

  • Need a battery charger? Here is a good one: Amazon Basics battery charger
  • Need a battery? Get one at Wal-mart. They inexpensive and surprisingly good.
  • Need something else fixed? Give us a shout! Get a quote

We’re here to help you get back on the road. Let us know if we can do anything for you.