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6 Tips to Get Your Abandoned Vehicle Back on the Road
During the evacuation from Fort McMurray, many vehicles were abandoned as they ran out of gas or encountered other issues. Fire and weeks of idleness may have made many of these vehicles unsafe to drive. If you had to leave your vehicle behind, and are now planning to collect it, remember these tips to make sure your vehicle is safe to hit the road.
- Remove any ash buildup on the exterior of the vehicle.
- Check to see if heat has caused any damage to the vehicle’s paint.
- Check the integrity of your tires. Ensure they are not warped or cracked and that they have sufficient air pressure.
- Inspect under the vehicle’s hood. Ensure that all components look undamaged.
- Air filters and cabin air filters should be checked and replaced if full of ash.
- Check essential fluids like oil, power steering and transmission fluid.
If at any point you discover damage to any of the essential systems, don’t drive your vehicle and have the problem addressed by a qualified technician.
Even if your vehicle appears to have escaped any serious fire damage, it is important to check air and cabin air filters due to the amount of ash that vehicles have been exposed to. Keep an eye on these filters after you return home, as the high level of ash in the city may cause them to require an early replacement.
It is also possible that your car battery has died, and the vehicle will require a boost to start.
Some vehicles abandoned on the highway during the evacuation were towed to a secure location. Vehicles that were left legally parked and did not impede emergency responders were not towed. Updated information on who to call to find your vehicle can be found at www.Alberta.ca/emergency.cfm