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Preparing Your Car For Cold Weather

Make sure your car is ready to face cold weather even in Florida! As temperatures drop vehicle problems become more common and can have an effect on your vehicles driving performance. Batteries, tires, car’s fluids, heaters, defrosters, and wipers should all be inspected. As these parts tend to be easily damaged in colder weather. The problems that occur the most during the winter have to do with the tire pressure being low, problems with oil, coolant, or alternative vehicle fluids. It is necessary to catch these problems before they become serious. Colder weather tends to make existing problems worse and nobody wants to be stuck on the side of the road due to their vehicle breaking down. That will not be fun especially when it is extremely cold outside!

How Cold Weather Can Hinder Your Car

Cooler weather will have an effect on several parts of your car. Tires do not grip onto the road very well when the temperature drops. It’s sensible to drive with caution throughout the winter and use the brakes sooner than you did when it was warmer out. Check your tire tread and make sure you do not need new tires. Worn down tires don’t grip the road very well. If your tires seem to be worn down, then it’s suggested that you get new ones right away. Checking your tire pressure is also vital. Tires lose air in colder weather and tire pressure lights activate so it’s good to stay on top of your tires when the tire light goes on or off.

Car batteries, specifically older ones could fail or have issues that start in cooler months. This is because cold weather puts strain on the batteries. Get your battery checked or replaced if it is old. If your battery is 3-4 years you ought to replace your battery. It is also highly advised to park your car in your garage to help keep your battery out of the cold.

Car fluids (oil, antifreeze, power steering, brake, and transmission oil) are negatively impacted by colder weather and will thicken up. If these fluid thicken up it could cause problems with your car. Cars’ parts need fluids to run smoothly in order to run properly so it is important to get your fluids inspected and replaced as the cold weather comes in. It is also a good idea to use synthetic oil rather than conventional oil. Synthetic oil can help your engine with heating up faster and working properly in the cold.

Colder weather can also harm belts and hoses which keep your engine running. Get your car belts and hoses inspected for cracks or rips, and change them out if needed. This will keep your car from breaking down when you are out on the road.

Windshield and wipers are more fragile in the winter. If your car has frost on the windshield (even in Florida) do not pour warm water on your windshield. Your windshield could crack if you do this. You should buy some washer solvent to remove frost from your car’s windshield instead. Older windshield wipers should be replaced in colder months. Windshield wiper blades should be changed every 6 months to a year. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly throughout the winter.

Checklist For Preparing Your Car For Winter

Important preparation checklist for you and your family’s safety when driving your car during the winter, especially if you are taking a winter getaway up north:

1. Read over your owner’s manual and the recommendations for when you should service your car.
2. Make sure your car is driving properly – look out for harsh starts, rough idling, stalling, or diminished power.
3. Have your cooling system cleaned, flushed, and filled with new antifreeze.
4. Get your fuel lines checked and refilled.
5. Get your tread and tire pressure checked.
6. Get the battery and charging system checked.
7. Get heaters, defrosters, and wipers checked to make sure they work properly.
8. Make sure you have a winter kit: gloves, ice scraper (Ice can form onto cars in Florida), blanket, jumper cables, and a first-aid kit.

Jiffy Lube Car Services

● Oil change services (conventional, high mileage, synthetic)
● Air conditioning services
● Air filtration services
● Battery maintenance and replacement services
● Brake services
● Cooling system services
● Drivetrain services (Tampa car tune up)
● Engine services
● Fuel system cleaning services
● Emission and inspection
● Tire services
● Transmission services
● Windshield services
● Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change Tampa

Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change is more than oil change; it prevents car problems and keeps your vehicle running right. This is a great service for prepping your car for winter. It includes:
● Replacing the motor oil with up to five quarts of quality oil.
● Replacing the oil filter.
● Checking and topping off vital fluids: transmission/transaxle fluid, differential fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, battery water (excluding sealed batteries).
● Checking your tire pressure.
● Visually inspecting: antifreeze levels, engine air filtration system, serpentine belts, brake fluid level in transparent reservoirs, wiper blades, and exterior lights.

Why You Should Go To Jiffy Lube Tampa

Jiffy Lube Tampa services will maintain and service your vehicle and also offer tips for your car especially for prepping for winter weather. Jiffy Lube® well-trained technicians know how colder weather affects cars and their performance. They know which problems usually occur, what to look for, and how to prepare your car for drastic temperature changes. It is important to have your car checked before winter hits and also have regular maintenance check-ups. Regular maintenance check-ups can help improve your gasoline mileage, reduce pollution, and catch minor problems before they become big headaches! So make sure to stay on top of your car and stop by your neighborhood Jiffy Lube® to ensure that your car makes it through the winter!


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