ST. CLOUD -- If you haven’t started your car during Minnesota’s COVID-19 Stay at Home order, you could find yourself in a pickle the next time you try to drive it.

With people spending more time at home, cars that usually get driven daily are now sitting in garages and driveways.

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Gilleland Chevrolet Service Manager Doug Christensen says sitting could cause a variety of problems for cars.

The first thing I think of is a dead battery because it's been sitting for a long time. Another thing we might look at is maybe tires. Because it's been sitting they might have lost a little bit of air. They might have a very small leak and potentially be low, or have flat spots. The car's going to have a potential shake for a while until the tires get warmed up and round again. Maybe oil if it sat a long time over the winter. Typically you're going to get moisture build-up in there, but it depends on how long it's been sitting and when it's been sitting.

Christensen says these issues often start to show up after a month or more of sitting, but it depends on the age and condition of the battery and the car.

It depends on the vehicle, but a month or anything over a month is typically going to have a dead battery.

He says you can prevent your battery from dying by hooking a battery tender up to it or charging it on a weekly basis.


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