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Taking Care Of Your Car During Winter

Cold weather can be harsh on your car if you do not take care of your car properly! When temperatures drop car problems start to occur and can affect your driving experience. You will want to make sure your battery, tires, car’s fluids, heaters, defrosters, and wipers are working smoothly. As these parts tend to be negatively affected during the colder months. It is important to catch these minor problems before they become serious. Cold weather especially, tends to make existing problems worse. You do not want to be stuck on the side of the road when it is extremely cold out.

How Cold Weather Affects Car Parts

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 your brakes sooner when stopping than you usually would (especially on icy or snowy roads). 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 you need to replace them, especially in the winter. You do not want to fly off the road because of your tires not gripping the road.

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. Not enough air in your tires means you will be burning more gas which also means more money will be leaving your wallet. Another thing to keep in mind is tire pressure lights tend to come on and off when the temperature fluctuates so it is good to be aware of this when it happens. It does not always mean there is something wrong with your tires but it is good to examine your tires everyday to make sure they do not look low.

Car batteries, especially older ones tend to fail or go completely dead during colder weather. 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 that could help 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. Now is the time to get your car’s 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 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

Follow this checklist for your car during the winter months:

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, blanket, jumper cables, and a first-aid kit.

Services Jiffy Lube Offers

Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change Myrtle Beach is a great service to get for making sure your car is prepared for winter. It is not just an oil change; it is preventive maintenance to help keep your vehicle running right. 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.

Other 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 (Myrtle Beach car tune up)
  • Engine services
  • Fuel system cleaning services
  • Emission and inspection
  • Tire services
  • Transmission services
  • Windshield services

Why You Should Go To Jiffy Lube Myrtle Beach

Jiffy Lube Myrtle Beach 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 properly take care of your car in winter. It is important to have your car checked during the winter 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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