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Lockdown car care tips!!
 
Keeping the battery charged
 
  • It is not a good idea to start the car and let it idle for a few minutes, you need about 20 minutes of fast idling just to recharge the start-up battery usage. We recommend at least 30 min of running at, at least 2000rpm to save the battery. Ideally, this should be done every 14 days
 
  • If possible, minimise short drives as much as you can as they do not allow the battery to fully recharge.
 
  • Do Not disconnect the battery as alarms will not be operational and it poses a risk of damage to electronics and key coding
 
  • Connect a smart charger to the vehicle and leave on for at least 24 hours. DO NOT use any other chargers on modern vehicles as the can and will damage the electronics.
 
  • Please do not jump start in the normal way, there is a special procedure to jumpstart modern vehicles without damage to the engine computer you are welcome to call us for step by step assistance.
 
Tyres During Lockdown
 
  • The tyres might lose some pressure, it might be a good idea to over inflate the tyres by about 20% to prevent damage.
 
Insurance
 
  • We recommend phoning your broker to negotiate a deal for better rates as the risk of a park vehicle is much lower as a vehicle in use, you might even consider cancelling insurance on paid off vehicles during this time.
 
Yearly service
 
  • Your vehicle might travel much less this year than normally, please remember to do a yearly service if you do not reach the service interval km's. This is very important as the oil degrades even if the car is not used.
 
Wash
 
  • Remember to wash the car as bird droppings and industrial fallout can permanently damage the paintwork.
 
NB remember to remove the water bottles and lunchboxes as this can become a nice science experiment!
 
 
Should You need assistance please contact us on 012 6668128 or werner@lpm.co.za
 
Workshop @LPM can now also assist with wheel alignment and tyre balancing up to our normal exceptional high standard.






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