Maintenance for Your Unused Car

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When a car sits for too long, it can experience problems hat are different from driving every day. Whatever reason your car is sitting idle in Normal or Springfield, you should be concerned about car care. A car, truck, or SUV that rests parked in front of your house or in your garage looks fine, but the battery, brakes, tires, gas, and other parts are at risk — and Sam Leman Mazda is here to help with car care tips for your unused car.

Will a Car Battery Die if You Don’t Drive?

Yes, your car battery will die if you don’t drive it for long enough — but the answer as to “how long,” is going to depend on different factors. Remember that if you’ve had to jump your car, its battery has already had a shock and could be more susceptible to dying.Here’s what you should know:

  • Most modern cars require more electricity than older cars thanks to the high-tech features. The multiple computers in these vehicles could drain a battery in under two weeks without driving.
  • Want to avoid a dead battery? Start your car once a week and run it for about 5-10 minutes — a short drive around Bloomington will do the trick.
  • If you have nowhere to go and you choose to let your car idle, be sure to put it in the open air — open a garage door or pull it into the driveway.
Charging battery car with jumper cables with red and black clamps

Will Your Brakes Go Bad?

If you aren’t driving, your brakes won’t be used. But they can still be damaged, especially in regions like ours that get snowy in the winter and humid in the summer. Water in the air can create a layer of rust film on your brake rotors — especially if you’re parked outside instead of in a garage.

This layer of rust always builds up, but driving — and braking — wears it away. When you’re taking that short drive to charge up your battery, be sure to head toward an area with more stop signs than stop lights and give those brakes some work.

Mechanic Changing Brakes

Will My Tires Go Flat?

You might not immediately notice a leak in your tire if you aren’t driving every day, so you should make it a habit of checking the pressure. Tires can naturally lose air over time, which affects the lifespan of your tires and the safety of your vehicle when you do drive.

If you know you won’t be driving much, inflating your tires above the recommended PSI can help prevent them from developing flat spots from sitting in place.

Man Adding Air to Tires

Will My Gas Go Bad?

This was an older concern with vehicles, but now that your car has a pressurized fuel tank, it is less of a worry. If you’re going to be leaving your car parked for months at a time, though, you should consider a fuel stabilizer.

Otherwise, taking occasional drives and filling up — and keeping a full tank — is all you need to keep the gas in your car healthy.

Hand Pumping Gas

Have Questions About Car Care? We Can Help

These are some of the bigger worries of leaving a car parked for a long period of time, but they’re just the start of proper maintenance for a parked car. Need to know more? Contact our team or schedule a service appointment.


Oil Change and Tire Rotation Special
Standard Oil
$39.95
Synthetic Oil
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Get more value for your money! Our professional Mazda-trained technicians will:
· Replace engine oil and Genuine Mazda oil filter
· Rotate tires
· Inspect tires for wear
· Check tire pressure, adjust as necessary
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Enhance Air Quality with a New Cabin Air Filter
$10.00 Off

The air you breathe is only as clean as the filter it goes through. A new cabin air filter will reduce impurities such as pollen, dust, mold and other airborne contaminants.
Recommended every 12 – 24 months.

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2021

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4-Wheel Alignment Special
$89.95

Poorly aligned wheels wear out tires prematurely and reduce gas mileage. Service includes:
· Inspect/adjust caster, camber and toe-in as applicable
· Inspect suspension and steering linkage
· Check tire wear
· Check tire pressure, adjust as necessary
· Computerized alignment
· Road test

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2021

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Battery/Charging System Service
Complimentary

-Inspect & clean battery terminals and
cables
-Test battery
-Test charging system
-Test starting system

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Sam Leman Mazda. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 09/30/2021

EXPIRES: 09/30/2021
Cooling System Special
$15.00 Off

Your cooling system regulates engine temperatures for both cold and warm weather conditions. This service will help prevent rust and corrosion in the cooling system. Service includes:
· Check and drain cooling system
· Pressure test system and refill with up to one gallon of coolant
· Check all fluids, wiper blades and drive belts

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EXPIRES: 09/30/2021
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Customize your Mazda to reflect your personal style and save 10% Off on all Genuine Mazda Accessories. Don’t forget to take advantage of our professional installation services!

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