Car brake being worked on

What Happens if My Car Sits for too Long?

Staying inside is the safest move for us, but it can have some unintended consequences. If you don’t try to stay active, then your body is going to feel it. Moving around, even if it isn’t as much as you usually do, is going to help you feel a lot better when things calm down again. 

Setting up a little home studio might take care of your body, but have you thought about the car in your driveway? Much like your body, it will feel the effects of sitting around for too long as well. Of course, everyone is trying to limit their exposure as much as possible, but we can’t neglect things for too long. You need to make sure that your car is ready to go when things open up again. 

How Long Can a Car Sit in the Driveway? 

A car shouldn’t be that negatively impacted by sitting around should it? If anything, you would think that standing still would prevent it from running down. Your car might not face the same wear and tear that daily driving would bring, but it isn’t completely safe. One of the first things that will happen is sediments can start to deposit in the different fluids of your car. 

Tire being set on a rim
Car up on a lift being inspected

After some time, your tires will begin to develop flat spots. Moisture and other things will also start to collect in fuel or brake lines. After a week or so, the effects will start to take hold. We recommend taking your car out for a quick drive at least once or twice a week just to keep it from idling for too long. Ten minutes or so should be more than enough to keep everything in order. 

How Does the 2020 Toyota 86 Handle?

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We can still help keep your car in working order with a quick tune-up if need be. Give us a call if you have any questions and we’ll be more than happy to help.