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Keep Your Vehicle Working During Social Distancing

While West Michigan drivers are staying home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, it's important that steps are taken to ensure their vehicle stays healthy too. When vehicles sit for extended periods of time, tires, hoses, and other components can become damaged and require expensive repairs. The issues we're describing take longer than a few weeks to develop, but every time you warm up and drive your vehicle, you "reset the clock" so it's advisable to keep these things in mind when your vehicle gets less than regular use.

In this Borgman How To, we'll give you a quick routine you can use to make sure your vehicle is ready to go when the shelter in place order is lifted in Michigan. If you need any service for your vehicle, Borgman's Service Center is still open and offering Free Pickup & Delivery with an appointment.

The Best Thing You Can Do Is Drive It

To prevent the issues with your vehicle we've described above, the best thing you can do to keep your vehicle healthy is to drive it. While the Michigan Governor's shelter in place order restricts what you can do and where you can go, taking the scenic route to the grocery store or to the bank should be enough to get your vehicle up to operating temperature. This allows moisture and acids that build up to burn off - mitigating damage to your internal components. Letting it idle in the driveway is not enough.

Protect Your Tires From Dry Rot & Flat Spots

Regularly driving your vehicle ensures your tires will not be in the same position in your driveway as when you left. To explain, when tires are sitting in one position for too long, they deform and develop a flat spot on the bottom and it's not something that can be fixed. You'll need new tires. Tires left sitting can also develop "dry rot," meaning that through a lack of heating, cooling, and stretching, the rubber becomes brittle and starts to crack. This leads to leaks and can only be solved with new tires.

Keep Your Battery Charged

Even when your vehicle is off, it's using electricity. On top of that, when car batteries aren't recharged by a running engine for prolonged periods of time, they naturally lose their charge. Since alternators in vehicles generally won't charge a battery below 1,000 RPM, you will need to drive the vehicle for about 20 minutes to get back up to a full charge. Alternatively, you can order a "trickle charger" and use that to keep your battery charged up - though this is not recommended unless you have your vehicle stored in a garage.

The battery is the most vulnerable component of a vehicle that sitting for weeks at a time. Usually, draining a battery will damage it permanently and it will not be able to hold as robust of a charge. This gets worse every time it is depleted and eventually, it won't be able to hold a charge at all.

Need Vehicle Maintenance? Borgman Service Is Open and We'll Come To You!

At the time of this writing, the Borgman Service Center in Grand Rapids MI will remain open during the Michigan shelter in place order. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, we're taking many extra steps to ensure the safety and health of both customers and employees. One of these is Free Pickup & Delivery of your vehicle for service customers - no need to leave the house. We'll also sanitize your vehicle when we pick it up and when we return it to you. If you need maintenance, visit our Service Center page and schedule your appointment online - we'd be happy to be of service to you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to Contact Us. See why we've been the Best in the West for 60 years!
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