Gunn Auto Service Near San Antonio and Selma

Gunn Auto Group Can Help You Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

Keeping your vehicle in excellent condition for years to come is easy with a little help from our Gunn Auto Group service experts. We operate several state-of-the-art auto service centers around San Antonio to help drivers find convenient, reliable solutions for all their maintenance needs. Whether your car needs a basic checkup to keep things running smoothly or it needs in-depth repairs to help it get back up and running at full capacity, you can always count on our service centers to provide your car with the care and attention to detail it needs to perform at its best.

So, why does your car need regular maintenance? Your vehicle is a machine with moving parts that suffer from wear and tear over time. Regular maintenance helps to keep your vehicle running smoothly, and it can help prevent bigger, costlier maintenance issues from cropping up. Of course, everyday driving isn't the only thing that causes issues for your car. Though getting behind the wheel certainly has a marked effect on the rate at which your car wears out, letting your car sit idle can come with a unique set of troubles. Thus, it's important to treat your car to regular maintenance even if you aren't driving it much.

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16550 Interstate 35 N Selma, TX 78154

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16550 IH 35 North Selma, TX 78154

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14610 W Interstate 10 San Antonio, TX 78249

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750 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209

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What Happens When Your Car is Idle for a Long Time?

Your car can end up idle for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you like to stow it for part of the year and bring it back out when the season calls for it. Maybe a lifestyle change means that you work from home more often and don't have to worry about a commute. Whatever the cause may be, your vehicle still needs regular maintenance to help it stay in great shape.

Common problems that can arise from an idle car include:

  • Flat Tires: Your tires can lose air pressure over time, so it's possible that you might find your tires have gone flat at the end of a long period of disuse.
  • Dead Battery: If your battery hasn't gotten the chance to kick into action in a long time, it might struggle to find the energy to start your car.
  • Old Oil: The main reason why oil changes have both recommended time intervals and mileage intervals is that it matters which one comes first. Oil requires regular changes if you drive a lot, but it still needs regular changes if you drive a little. This is because oil breaks down over time, which severely hampers its ability to properly lubricate your engine. This can lead to costly engine damage if left unattended.
  • Rusty Brakes: The very act of braking helps to keep your brakes rust-free. If you aren't driving, you aren't braking, which means that rust has the freedom to form as it pleases.

How You Can Keep Your Car in Great Shape

One of the best ways to care for your car while it's idle is to not let it fall into complete disuse. Start it every now and then. Take a spin around the block. Giving your car a bit of exercise can help prevent some of the issues that come with sitting idle.

We also recommend bringing your car to our service centers for maintenance items like oil changes, tire rotations, inspections, and other basic services to ensure that you won't find any nasty surprises when the time comes to hit the road regularly again.

We're happy to answer questions and provide your car with the care it needs, so please don't hesitate to schedule an appointment at one of our service locations!