Amidst the Lockdown 2.0, India’s largest manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has shared precautionary measures with customers to prevent vehicle damage due to extended period of non-usage. MSIL has also shared this information with its customers via SMSs, enlightening them on how to keep their vehicles in best of its shape.
A special advisory has been issued on batteries, as these are susceptible to total discharge when the vehicle is parked for a long duration.
Read on for the full care mantra:
- Crank and run the engine once a month for at least 15 minutes, to keep the battery in good condition.
- For SHVS vehicles, crank and run the engine with headlamps on for at least 30 minutes once a month
- If the vehicle does not start in the first or second go, do not subsequently crank it for more than 12 seconds. This only drains the battery further, leading to a total discharge
- Once the engine is running, do not race it immediately. Doing so might damage the engine internals.
- Instead, let the engine idle for a few minutes to allow the engine oil to spread across the internals. This aids in better lubrication
- Over an extended period of non-usage, rubber parts can get hard and crack. Check fan and AC belts for proper functioning
- Operate the AC for at least 1 minute while you are running the vehicle.
- Don’t drive on low tyre pressure, as this may damage your tyres. Make sure tyres are inflated correctly to the recommended pressure.
- Initial hand brake noise is normal, keep driving with intermittent brake usage to recondition your brake pads
- You may dis-engage your handbrakes, as long as it is safe to do so. Automatic variants to be parked in “P” mode
- Check all your fluids for any possible loss/leakage
- Once you run your engine, make sure to switch off all lights and accessories before you head back home!
While these steps ensure vehicles can cope with the lockdown, we urge readers to run these measures with proper safety and precautions.
Additionally, MSIL has also announced an extension of our free service, warranty and extended warranty up to June 30, 2020, for customers whose expiration date lies between March 15, 2020, and April 1, 2020. MSIL will also be sharing its manufacturing expertise with AgVa Healthcare for increased production of ventilators, masks and other protective equipment. The companies have signed an agreement to scale up production, with an intention to reach at least 10,000 units a month.