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Tampa, FL Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

September 11, 2017

When winter approaches in FL, Tampa residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for FL winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Tampa residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold FL winters.

There are some specific things Tampa drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) in Tampa. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.

In the cold months around Tampa we always worry about being able to stop in time when it's slick out. The first thing to remember is to slow down and allow yourself plenty of room to stop. Of course, you want your brakes to be working properly. A thorough brake inspection will reveal if the pads or any other parts need replacing. Check with your friendly and knowledgeable Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave) service advisor to see if it is time to replace your brake fluid. It accumulates water over time which really messes with your stopping power.

It is also a really good idea for Tampa residents to have their battery tested. A battery's cranking power really drops with the temperature. If your battery is weak in the fall, it may not be up to a FL winter. There is nothing like a dead battery in a snow storm.

Which leads us to an emergency kit. You should always have a blanket or something to keep you and your passengers warm if you get stranded on a remote FL road. If you will be venturing away from civilization, pack more items such as food and water to help you survive. Keeping at least half a tank of gas is a good idea in case you get stuck and need to run the car to keep warm, which will also help keep your gas lines from freezing up.

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Tampa (East Fletcher Ave)
1130 East Fletcher Ave
Tampa, FL 33612
813-980-0792
http://www.tuffyfletcher.com

 

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