Auto companies send tips on maintaining vehicles

Kolkata Mumbai: Automakers are using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other mobile applications to share tips about the safety of vehicles as they remain unused during a nationwide stay.

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has been sending regular maintenance tips to its customers. The carmaker said in one of its text messages, “Start driving and keep the engine running for 15 minutes once a month. For SHVS vehicles, keep the engine on with the headlights on and for at least 30 minutes a month. Keep it running once. ”

Ways to keep the battery in good shape and destroy the hand-brake if a vehicle is parked for a long period of time, among other maintenance tips that automakers are sharing on social media.

Leaving unused vehicles for long periods of time is generally bad for vehicles. In India, a 21-day lockdown is being implemented strictly to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.

Partho Banerjee, executive director of Maruti Suzuki India Limited told ET, “We are sharing daily messages and short videos through social media platforms to our customers on car maintenance tips. We are also providing breakdown support to all customers who have to travel for essential services or due to an emergency. ”

Automakers have also opened customer helplines that can be called for vehicle maintenance and service assistance. Mahindra & Mahindra is providing support to its customers through its is with you Hamsha website.

Similarly, Hyundai has deployed 1,000 doorstep mileage bikes / emergency road service cars to assist customers. A message on its website stated, “The availability of support is subject to the approval of local authorities in view of the complete lockdown.”

Two-wheeler manufacturers have also given shared advice. TVS Motor Company and Yamaha Motor India shared on their Twitter handle graphics how people should park their motorcycles at the main stand as well as run the engine at least twice a week during the lockdown period.

Tire manufacturer Ceat created a similar graphic, advising car owners to move their cars back and forth to avoid flat spots on the tires.

Meanwhile, automobile enthusiasts are doing their job to keep their vehicles in good shape. Pune engineer Mayur Lohken told ET that he had cut off his family’s prized 1983 Toyota Corolla battery.

Another automotive enthusiast, Sudipto Chowdhury, said he had added extra 2T of oil to his Yamaha RD 350 motorcycle with petrol and tied cork plates on both wheels to take care of the tires.

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