Cold weather is harsh on your vehicle if you do not take proper care of it! As temperatures plummet car issues begin to occur more frequently. It is important to get your battery, tires, car’s fluids, heaters, defrosters, and wipers inspected to make sure they are operating correctly. As these vehicle parts tend to be affected throughout the colder months. It is also very necessary to catch these minor issues before they become serious. Colder weather tends to make minor issues worse. Nobody wants to be stuck on the side of the road when it is extremely cold outside.
How The Cold Weather Can Affect Your Vehicle
Cold weather affects many parts of your vehicle and can create many issues if you do not maintain your car. Tires don’t grip onto the road very well when temperatures drop. It’s necessary to drive with additional caution throughout the winter and use your brakes sooner than you did in the summertime (especially on roads that have ice or snow on them). Check your tire tread and look to see if your tires are worn down. Worn down tires will not grip to the road as well. If your tires are worn down then it is important you change them, especially as it gets colder. It will only get worse the more your drive. You do not want to fly off the road as a result of your tires not gripping to the road.
Checking your tire pressure is just as important. Tires tend to lose air more frequently in colder weather, therefore, you should make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended PSI that is stated in your manufacturer manual. Not enough air in your tires will cause your car to burn a lot more gas which means more money that comes out of your pocketbook. Another thing to be aware of is tire pressure lights turning on and off when temperatures fluctuate. It doesn’t exactly mean there’s anything wrong with your tires. However, it’s still smart to look at your tires every day to be certain that they are not getting low.
Car batteries, particularly older ones tend to fail or go fully dead throughout colder months. This can be the result of the cold pulling voltage from your battery and this is what causes your car to have trouble starting. Get your battery inspected or replaced before it is too late and your cars stuck. If your battery is 3-4 years old you should be cautious and consider getting a new one. It’s also suggested to park your vehicle in a garage to help keep the battery out of the cold.
Car fluids (oil, antifreeze, steering, brake, and transmission oil) are also affected throughout colder weather and have a tendency to thicken up. These fluids thickening up might cause your vehicle to not function properly. Cars’ parts need lubrication to run therefore it’s necessary to top off your fluids as it continues to get colder out. Also, try switching your conventional oil with synthetic. Making this switch will help your engine run better.
Cold temperatures may weaken the belts and hoses that keep your engine running. Get your car belts and hoses inspected for cracks or signs of damage, and if they are you need to get them replaced. Windshield and wipers are also more susceptible to harm in the winter. If your vehicle’s windshield has frost on it avoid pouring hot water on it to take it off. It might crack your windshield. Heating your car too quickly could cause a crack as well. Washer solvent is helpful with getting the frost off windshields. Also be careful with using your windshield wipers when there is frost on your windshield. You should change your windshield wiper blades during the winter as well as every six months to a year.
Checklist For Your Vehicle this Winter
– Read your owner’s manual and examine the recommendations for when to get your vehicle serviced.
– Make sure your car’s in good shape – look out for strenuous starts, abnormal idling, stalling, or declining power.
– Get your cooling system looked at and have a technician clean, flush, and fill it up with new antifreeze.
– Make sure your fuel lines are topped off.
– Check to make sure tires are not worn and tire pressure is accurate.
– Get your car’s battery and if you have a charging system checked.
– Inspect heaters, defrosters, and wipers to make sure they are properly working.
– Make sure to keep these in your car: gloves, ice hand tool, blanket, jumper cables, and first aid kit.
Jiffy Lube Car Maintenance Services
Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change Western Mass is not just an oil change, it can help make sure your car is ready for winter. It includes:
– Replacing the motor oil with up to 5 quarts of quality oil.
– Replacing the oil filter.
– Checking and topping off very important fluids: transmission/transaxle fluid, differential fluid, steering system fluid, windshield washer fluid, battery water (excluding sealed batteries).
– Checking your tire pressure.
– Visually inspecting: coolant levels, engine air filtration system, belts, brake fluid level in clear 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 (Western Mass 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 Western Mass
Jiffy Lube Western Mass services will maintain and repair your vehicle as well as provide useful information for your vehicle, especially as winter continues to hit. Jiffy Lube® trained technicians understand how colder weather affect vehicles and their performance. They recommend checking up on your car in the winter and to have regular maintenance check-ups throughout the year. Regular maintenance check-ups improve gas mileage, cut back pollution, and catch minor issues before they become huge problems! Prevent these potential problems and want your car to make it through the winter then stop by your neighborhood Jiffy Lube®.