Did you hear the news from Pennsylvania? Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so more winter is on the way. Now living in Orlando, this may not be as big of a deal to you as someone who lives in the North. But if you’re planning on driving up North in the near future, it’s important to know how to take care of your car in those conditions. Here’s a list of a few car parts that may need inspection or possible auto service.
Test your battery.
Car batteries can sometimes be fussier in cool weather. So it’s best to get your car battery’s voltage checked before you head out to make sure it doesn’t die on you at your destination. If your battery’s voltage test isn’t up to par, then replacing your battery may be a best move. That’ll ensure that you’re not late starting your day or getting back at night.
Have working and clean lights.
In the winter and up North daylight is scarce. This makes your car’s headlights more important since you’ll be driving in the dark more. Check to make sure that your lights are in great shape and don’t need replacement or a cleaning. You can get this done with us at Toyota of Orlando or do it yourself with a restoration kit. And if you’re traveling in the snow, always make sure to get the snow off of your headlights before you start driving!
Maintain your tire pressure.
When the temperature drops down so does your tire pressure! And when your tires aren’t as inflated as they’re intended to be, your car may handle differently and you may cause permanent damage to your tire’s tread. You can check and adjust your car’s tire pressure at most gas stations, or if you want a personal tire pressure gage our auto service parts store sells them. And when you get back to Orlando or as the temperature goes up, make sure to let the expanding air out, so your tires don’t become over inflated.
Keep your gas and washer fluid full.
A full gas tank can help prevent water accumulation from freezing in your fuel pump and will also keep your engine running in a bad situation, since old man winter has been known to bring unexpected delays. And snow storms aren’t as clean and magical as they appear in movies. So topping off the windshield wiper fluid, either yourself or at our auto service shop at Toyota of Orlando is smart so you’re able to get slush off your windshield.
Fill up your antifreeze.
A full antifreeze reservoir is important in cold weather because it keeps your engine fluids from freezing. Most mechanics recommend a 50/50-mix of antifreeze to water if you want to fill it up yourself, or you get this done by a professional at our auto service shop at Toyota of Orlando if you prefer.
Check your Defroster and Climate control.
Having your window defrosters and climate control system working properly will make traveling in cold weather more enjoyable. Check these systems here at Toyota of Orlando before you venture into the snow. Our auto service professionals would be able to check your systems and fix any issues.
You want to enjoy your vacation, so bring your car into Toyota of Orlando today for an auto service and prevent a possible headache from occurring. Our auto service team would be happy to assist you and will perform a complimentary multi-point inspection with any service done to your car.