Is Your Car Sitting Idle? Here’s How to Care for It

Car Sitting Idle | Toronto, ON

Is your car sitting idle? Leaving a vehicle parked for long periods of time can affect its condition and reliability in many ways. To make sure your vehicle stays in good shape even if it’s not being used, consider these tips.

Check your tires. When a vehicle sits on its tires too long, this can cause flat spotting, where the weight of the vehicle flattens out a portion of the tire’s rubber due to inactivity. Regularly check your tire pressure and keep it filled to the manufacturer’s recommended specification. You may also want to move your vehicle occasionally.

Protect your paint. If your vehicle is parked outside, rather than in a garage, you might notice that it has started to accumulate bird droppings, tree sap, water spots, and more. This exposure to the elements can damage your vehicle’s paint over time, so consider getting a waterproof car cover if you don’t have a garage.

Consider your battery. Over a long idle period, your battery can discharge and leave you with a car that needs to be jumpstarted. Keep your battery working well and plug your vehicle into a battery tender or consider disconnecting the battery.  

Regularly start it. Keep your engine in working order and start your car regularly. You should also consider taking it on a short drive around the block or to the grocery store if you’re able to do so.

For more tips or assistance with caring for your car as it sits idle, you’re invited to get in touch with our service department here at Lexus Downtown.

Care for Your Car This Spring Using These Tips

Spring Car Care | Toronto, ON

Spring is finally here, which means you can say goodbye to the harsh Canadian winter temperatures for another year. It also means you should prepare your vehicle for warmer weather. Here are a few spring car care tips to keep your Lexus running smoothly and looking sharp.

 

Bring your car in for a cleaning. Spring is the perfect time for giving your house a deep clean, so why not make sure your car receives one as well? Bring your vehicle into a detailer for a truly deep clean, both inside and out. Winter weather can wear down your Lexus’ exterior, particularly its undercarriage, so cleaning away all the excess grime from the winter is important. Also, get rid of all the clutter that might have accumulated inside your Lexus — not to mention the grit you likely tracked in on your shoes.

 

Make sure your car gets a routine checkup. Every several thousand kilometres, your Lexus should undergo routine maintenance. This includes getting your oil changed and tires rotated. Spring is the perfect time to get these services here at Lexus Downtown. You should also ask your mechanic to check your tires’ pressure and tread depth. These are two tire features that tend to be affected during winter weather. While you’re here, have the mechanic change out your windshield wipers to prepare your Lexus for any spring showers that might come your way.

 

Schedule your next service appointment today at Lexus Downtown.