Car inactivity

If the car is to be left inactive for longer than a month, the following precautions should be noted:

❒ park the car in covered, dry and if possible wellventilated premises;
❒ engage a gear;
❒ check that the handbrake is not engaged;
❒ disconnect battery terminals (first disconnect the negative terminal) and check the battery charge. This check is to be repeated every three months. Recharge if the optical indicator shows a dark colour without the central green area;
❒ clean and protect the painted parts using protective wax;
❒ clean and protect the shiny metal parts using special compounds readily available;
❒ sprinkle talcum powder on the rubber windscreen and rear window wiper blades and lift them off the glass;
❒ slightly open the windows;
❒ cover the car with a cloth or perforated plastic sheet. Do not use sheets of non-perforated plastic as they do not allow moisture on the car body to evaporate;
❒ inflate tyres to +0.5 bar above the normal specified pressure and check it at intervals;
❒ if you don’t disconnect the battery from the electric system, check its charge every month and recharge it if the optical indicator shows a dark colour without the central green area;
❒ do not drain the engine cooling system.

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