Rat nests, dead batteries and brittle wipers: Letting your car sit idle during the pandemic can cause a host of pricey problems
Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY Published 12:01 a.m. ET Nov. 25, 2020 | Updated 4:16 p.m. ET Nov. 27, 2020CLOSE With so many of us staying home during the coronavirus pandemic, our cars are running a lot less than usual. Here are five easy tips to keep them reliable. USA TODAYHas your car been sitting in the garage, on the street, or in the parking lot for the last eight months?Time to take it out for a ride. The pandemic has forced millions of Americans to work from home, while many have lost their jobs and still others are trying to stay safe by not hitting the road.But our vehicles are still aging all the same.”A car parked for extended periods risks the battery losing charge, tires gaining flat spots, rubber components such as belts and wipers drying out, and critters taking residence in your engine compartment,” according to Consumer Reports.The bottom line: Don’t assume your ride will be raring to go when you decide to hit the road again.Is the car owner’s manual history?: 2021 Ford F-150 ditches traditional paper copyConsumer Reports: These are the 10 most and least reliable 2021 cars, trucks and SUVsHere are six key car-maintenance tips during COVID-19:1.