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Preparing Your Car For Winter – Car Maintenance

Let’s make sure your car is prepared as colder weather moves in! Florida does not nearly get as cold as places up north but there are some precautions you can take. As temperatures drop car problems can start to arise and also affect your cars driving performance overall. You will want to get your battery, tires, all your car’s fluids, heaters, defrosters, and wipers checked. As these parts tend to be negatively affected when cold weather hits. The most frequently uncovered problems during the winter months are improper tire pressure or low or dirty motor oil, anti-freeze, or other automotive fluids. It is important to catch these minor problems before they become serious. Cold weather tends to make existing problems worse. You do not want to be stuck on the side of the road when it gets cold out.

How Cold Weather Affects Your Car

Cold weather affects certain parts of your car and can make your car more prone to problems. Tires do not grip onto the road very well when temperatures drop. It is important to drive with extra caution during the winter and use the brakes sooner than you usually would. Check your tire tread and make sure your tires are not worn out. Worn out tires will also affect the ability of your tires to grip the road. If your tires are worn out then it is a necessity to get them changed, especially in the winter. Checking your tire pressure is also very important when it starts getting colder. Tires lose air in colder weather so you want to make sure your tire pressure is up to par. Tire pressure lights tend to come on when the temperature fluctuates so it is good to keep an eye on your tires.

Car batteries, especially older ones tend to fail or have trouble starting during colder months. This is because the cold pulls voltage from your battery which causes it to have trouble starting. Get your battery checked or changed as the cold weather is heading in. If your battery is three or four years old you should consider buying a new one. It is also recommended to park your car in the garage to help prevent wear on your battery.

Car fluids (oil, antifreeze, power steering, brake, and transmission oil) are also affected during colder weather and tend to thicken up. These fluids thickening up could cause your car to not run properly. Cars’ parts need lubrication to run so it is important to get your fluids checked and changed as it gets colder out. A recommendation is to switch conventional oil with synthetic oil. Doing this switch can make it easier on your engine and assist your engine with heating up faster.

Cold temperatures can also weaken the belts and hoses that keep your engine running. Prepare for winter by getting all belts and hoses checked for cracks or signs of wear and tear, and replace them if needed. This can prevent your car from breaking down in the middle of the road.

Windshield and wipers are more vulnerable to damage in the winter. If your car has frost on the windshield (which can even happen in Florida) do not pour hot water on your windshield. It could cause the windshield to crack. Even blasting heat from your car’s defroster could cause a windshield to crack. You should purchase some washer solvent to help remove frost from your windshield. Weak windshield wipers that need to be replaced could also be damaged by frost on your windshield. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly throughout the winter months. Windshield wiper blades should be changed within six months to a year.

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. Look over your owner’s manual and view the recommendations for when you should service your car.
2. Make sure your car’s performance is in good condition – look out for hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.
3. Get your cooling system cleaned, flushed, and filled with new antifreeze.
4. Get your fuel lines checked.
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 (yes, even in Florida), blanket, jumper cables, and a first-aid kit.

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Services Jiffy Lube Offers

● 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 (Miami car tune up)
● Engine services
● Fuel system cleaning services
● Emission and inspection
● Tire services
● Transmission services
● Windshield services
● Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change Miami

Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change is not just an oil change; it is preventive maintenance to help keep your vehicle running right. This is a great service for making sure your car is prepared 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.
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Why You Should Go To Jiffy Lube Miami

Jiffy Lube Miami services will not only maintain and service your vehicle but will also offer tips for your car especially as seasons change. Jiffy Lube® highly trained technicians are aware of how colder temperatures can affect cars and their performance. They know which problems usually occur, what to look for, and how to prepare your car for these temperature changes. It is important to have your car checked before winter hits and also have regular maintenance check-ups in general. 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 stop by your neighborhood Jiffy Lube® to ensure that your car makes it through the winter!


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