Don’t Let the Florida Weather Hurt Your Car

May 31st, 2016 by

Florida is a hot, humid, wet and salty paradise, where many people dream of living. If you are lucky to live in this paradise, there are some things you need to know about maintaining a well running vehicle.

3 common Florida weather trends that are hurting your car, and how to keep them from affecting you:

1.HEAT

Heat can damage some of the most important parts of your car, two big ones include: tires and batteries.
Heat on tires: Tires are debatably the most important part of a vehicle. Without four functioning wheels, a vehicle isn’t going anywhere! This is why it is important to keep tires as protected from the heat as possible. The extreme levels of Florida heat (especially in the summer) can cause a not properly maintained tire to blow out.

Heat on car batteries: Obviously, a car needs a functioning car battery to start and keep going, that’s a no brainer. However, too much heat can hurt a car battery. The hot Florida weather is actually eating away at the chemicals in a car’s battery, allowing it to burn out faster than is probably should.

How to prevent these issues: Good news, preventing these issues is easy! Just go for regular maintenance checkups, and make sure to keep your whole car clean and free of corrosion. Also, for tires, use of protectants has been proven to be useful as well.

2. STORMS

Unfortunately, living in Florida means dealing with many rain storms (especially the usual heavy down pour for five minutes each day during the summer months). With storms can come flooding, which can ruin two necessary parts of a car: the transmission, and the brakes.
Storm water on the transmission: If water gets in the transmission, it can cause the gears to slip, which could possibly cause the transmission to break down. This happens when attempting to drive through flooding, and when splashing through big puddles.

Storm water on car brakes: Water getting in the brakes can potentially be very dangerous. When water gets in brakes it can cause brake failure, ultimately leading to an accident. This can happen easier than you may think, even riding through a small puddle.

How to prevent these issues: Both these issues can be extremely dangerous, however are easily avoidable. Although it is fun to splash through puddles, avoid it! Also, never drive through a flooded area, even if you think you can make it. If you have to drive through a puddle, make sure to pump the brakes immediately after at least twice, to make sure the brake pads dry. If for some reason the circumstances are not avoidable, and your vehicle floods, make sure to have a technician look at it before attempting to start the car.

3. SALTY AIR

Florida beaches are the best! However, living near them can damage a car’s finish. Damages from salty air may affect car paint, and important car parts such as the brakes and bolts.

Salty air on car paint: Although paint is not a functioning feature of a car, to most people it is still an important one. No one wants to ride around in a rusty, paint corroded car. The salty air, can cause corrosion and rust, faster than other environments.

Salty air on brakes and bolts: Salty air also causes rust and corrosion on brakes and bolts. This is a huge issue! The brakes may fail faster, and the bolts may corrode and fall apart. Both of those things are hazardous to the driver’s safety.

How to prevent these issues: No worries, you don’t have to move! You may just want to consider taking a few precautions, such as: don’t drive on the sand or in the water, try to park in a covered garage or cover your car if possible, and keep up with weekly car cleaning and consider waxing your car as well.

Live in paradise, without paying the price of car problems.

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