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May 7, 2020

How to Self-Isolate Your Car

It’s a bit like putting your car away before you go on holiday, except we don’t know how long this will be. Really important is take care of the battery, which will bleed its charge the longer the car isn’t started. But tyres can also lose pressure, petrol can oxidise and potentially clog up the fuel line, and brakes can corrode and get stuck.

Len, who looks after both our fleet of vehicles that are loaned to journalists and our historic vehicles, shared these tips on how to store your car – and getting back on the road again.

Tyre Pressure

Remember to check your tyre pressures, as this will improve vehicle safety and maintain fuel efficiency, and ensure you and your Ford are ready to go.

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Fluid Levels

Ensure you check your brake fluid, oil and coolant levels, and top up if necessary – especially since the weather has been warmer!

Diesel-engine vehicles

If you haven’t driven your diesel-engine Ford in a while, completely fill the tank as soon as you can regardless of your current fuel level.

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Petrol-engine vehicles

If you haven’t driven your petrol-engine Ford in a while, we’d recommend running the tank to the low fuel warning light first before refilling.  


When using your Ford for the first few weeks, keep air-con on, do not use the re-circ function and keep vents open to flush out any condensation.

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Your battery may slowly discharge whilst not in use. Make sure all powered devices are disconnected, then start and run your Ford for 10-20 minutes every 2-3 weeks in a safe and well-ventilated area.


Remember to release and re-apply the handbrake each week, ensuring you’re on a flat surface, to prevent your brakes from seizing.​

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Wipers should be lifted every couple of weeks to stop sticking, and clean the windscreen inside and out to remove dirt and residue before driving for the first time.

A new way of Ford Service

Ensuring our customers feel safe is a top priority for us. That’s why we offer a number of contactless, digital, and safe servicing options, providing convenience and reassurance. From making your appointment online, to picking up your vehicle, supplying you with a courtesy car, and returning your own disinfected vehicle – we’re here to get you moving again safely.

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