Your vehicle is more likely to operate at peak efficiency when it is driven several days per week. If it’s left sitting for days, weeks, or months at a time, the battery could die and the tires will likely lose significant amounts of air. Therefore, it is important that you take steps to prepare your vehicle by visiting the service center at Brileya's Chrysler Jeep in Rutland before you go on vacation or put it in storage for the winter.

Fill the Gas Tank

Over time, water can seep into your gas tank and mix with the fuel inside of it. However, water is less likely to enter your tank if you keep it at least half full while it is sitting idle. Filling the gas tank can also guard against fuel or water seeping into a fuel pump or other important components. If you are going to be gone for more than 90 days, it is a good idea to add a fuel stabilizer to prevent gas from going bad.

Put the Battery on a Charger

The battery can be placed on a trickle charger to ensure that it doesn’t completely die out while it is sitting in your garage. Although this device is designed to charge a battery slowly over time, the settings may be adjusted to get your battery back to full strength in a few minutes or hours.

Inflate or Remove the Tires

If you’re going to be gone for less than 30 days, your tires are unlikely to develop flat spots when they are properly inflated. However, if you are going to be gone for several months, you should consider taking the wheels off.

Schedule Your Service In Rutland

The next time you notice issues with your vehicle’s performance, be sure to schedule a service appointment right away. A technician may be able to diagnose issues with your car’s tires, battery or other core components.

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