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What cold weather can do to your car

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Thinking of venturing to somewhere a bit more on the chilly side this holiday season? Check out this guide from Toyota of Orlando and stay prepared for whatever mother nature throws your way!

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What cold weather can do to your car

  1. 1. What cold weather can do to your car Toyota of Orlando
  2. 2. The hazards of the cold • Living in the warm Orlando oasis, we rarely have to deal with cold weather and what it can do to a person and to a car. But, during this holiday season, you may be planning to take a trip to where the snow falls to enjoy some much needed holiday cheer. • If you’re among the many looking to brave the cold, you should know that the cold can bring about winter auto service issues and you could get stuck between a rock and a hard place. • Before you head on your trip, check out this guide from Toyota of Orlando and make sure you’re ready for whatever mother nature throws your way.
  3. 3. Loss of tire pressure • Have you ever turned on your car during the winter and your tire pressure warning lights immediately come on? This happens because your tires are gradually losing pressure due to the drop in temperature. • Decreased tire pressure can lead to winter auto service issues for your Orlando Toyota car like decreased fuel efficiency, greater chance of slips and slides, and an overall poor driving experience. • Make sure to have one of our auto service techs inspect your tires before you head into the cold.
  4. 4. Corrosion/Rust • The temperature falling won’t rust or corrode your car, but roads are treated with salt up north and that definitely will. Salt is harsh on Orlando Toyota vehicles and can lead to a slew of winter auto service issues if left unchecked. • If possible, hose off your car after driving on roads treated with salt to avoid corrosion of essential parts like your vehicle’s undercarriage, brakes, and wheels.
  5. 5. Leaks • The mechanical components of your Orlando Toyota car can get a bit hot while running and that doesn’t often mix well with colder air temperatures. With metal and plastic parts expanding and shrinking with the temperature fluctuations, you could be in for a world of fluid leaks. • To avoid this winter auto service issue, have your vehicle inspected to ensure all seals are in good condition.
  6. 6. Battery failure • When the temperature drops, so does the starting capability of your battery. If this part of your Orlando Toyota vehicle is a bit older, it likely can’t be recharged and will need to be replaced. • Before you head out into the cold this holiday season, have one of our auto service techs check out your battery.
  7. 7. Fluid freezing • Your car’s engine uses a variety of fluids and moving parts to operate properly and can’t operate if they’re not flowing and operating correctly. • If your Orlando Toyota vehicle’s fluids aren’t in good condition, there’s the possibility that they could freeze over. • To avoid this winter auto service issue, make sure to have one of our auto service techs check your engine’s oil for condition and fill level.
  8. 8. Get your car ready for winter with Toyota of Orlando! • If you’re heading to somewhere cold this holiday season, make sure to pay a visit to Toyota of Orlando before you leave! Our expert auto service techs would be more than happy to help you out and get your vehicle in perfect shape for the cold. Give us a call at (407) 298 – 0001 today!

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