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3 Car Repair and Maintenance Tips During The COVID-19 Pandemic

By April 26, 2020 No Comments

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Among the list of things to worry about during the Coronavirus pandemic, car repair and maintenance comes to mind for vehicle owners, especially those who are considered “essential employees.” The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to people to stay at home and maintain social distancing as they conduct their day-to-day affairs. And because of that, many are wondering whether a car repair service is still available to them when necessary.

The simple answer is yes. The tips below can help car owners maintain safe and contactless ways to conduct car repair and maintenance during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Drive The Car Every Once In A While

Because of the lockdowns implemented in some areas, cars are parked for extended periods.  This causes batteries to lose charge, tires to gain flat spots, and belts and wipers to dry out.

It is recommended to drive the car for at least 20 minutes once a week at the minimum.  This will make sure that the battery is charged, and the brake discs are rust-free.

Wash Your Car

Protect your car’s paint with washing.  You can go to a touchless car wash, or better yet, hand-wash it yourself. 

Wash the exterior with a car wash soap and sponges.  Use a different sponge  for each of the wheels and tires to prevent dirt and other debris from ruining the car’s finish.

Clean and disinfect the interior as well.  Use Isopropyl alcohol to kill any virus without risking damage to your car’s interior.

DIY Repair And Maintenance

Many standard car issues can be resolved at home.  With the extra time in your hands, now is probably the best opportunity to learn how to conduct simple maintenance of your car.

Check the oil levels and change as necessary.  If the oil is low, top it off yourself, and be careful not to overfill.

Conduct a basic tire inspection.  Check for uneven wear and damage, then replace as necessary.  Next, check inflation.  If the air in your tires is low, use the air pump at a nearby gas station.  Sanitize your hands after using the pump or, better yet, wear gloves before touching the pump.

Check both the underhood intake air filter and cabin air filter.  If they are dirty and need to be replaced, order new ones from online stores.  Refer to your manual for instructions in changing air filters.  If not available, check Youtube videos.

Lastly, check the quality of the wipers.  Usually, they last about six months upon purchase.  For maintenance, just wipe them down with a paper towel and glass cleaner.  Don’t forget to top off the windshield fluid as well.

The only time you should take your car out to be fixed is if it has a severe mechanical issue that renders your vehicle unsafe to drive and perform essential activities such as going to the stores or going to work.  If available, opt for a mobile mechanic service or have your car collected and delivered.

That being said, most of the time, critical issues can’t wait and require you to go out for repair service.  If going out can’t be helped, make sure to take your car to a car repair service provider that follows CDC and local public health official guidelines and recommendations.


For your repair and maintenance needs, contact New Way Auto Solutions in Broomfield, CO. Call 303-593-2434 today!