Ways to Protect Your Car from Florida Weather and Conditions

May 25th, 2016 by

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Whether you are driving an older car or if you just bought a new car, Florida’s tropical climate and weather conditions can be harsh on the engine, exterior and interior of a car. Though there’s no way to change the climate, there are a couple ways that you can make sure your car is better protected from potential damage and that it is fit to drive all summer-long.

Salt water and air is soothing to us, not our cars

If you live near the ocean or Gulf Coast or if you spend a lot of time there, the salty air and sun can accelerate vehicle corrosion, rust and damage to your car’s paint job. To avoid and protect your car’s finish, be sure to get regular waxes to ensure there is a protective layer on the paint. Keeping your car covered or in a garage when it is not in use, also goes a long way for

Heat Can Damage a Car Battery

Summer is a common time for cars needing battery replacements because heat can cause battery fluid to evaporate, which then causes internal damage. Additionally, salt and dirt can cause extra corrosion on your car battery terminals, which then inhibits the energy flow and can drain battery power.

So to try and prolong the life on your battery, regularly check under the hood and inspect your battery connections. You can clean up the battery connections by removing any corrosion, lead oxidation, paint or rust from the top of the battery with a scouring pad or brass brush. If you are making a long road trip, you can get your battery and electrical system professionally tested, so if it is in need of extra care or needs to be replaced you can handle that before.

Your Summer Lifeline — A/C

Two of the most popular terms in South Florida during the summer are “A/C” and “beach.” From, June through September, a car without a properly working A/C can be brutal, even with the windows down.

To ensure you keep yours properly running all summer long, you should bring your vehicle to a mechanic for an A/C performance check, They will measure your A/C system’s pressure, make sure all the critical components are in working order, check that there is enough refrigerant in the system and that there is no mold build-up, or blocked hoses.

Protect Your Car’s Interior from Sun Damage

Just like our skin, the sun can damage car’s interior surfaces like our dashboard and leather seating. High temperatures can cause surfaces to crack, or become warped over time. Direct sunlight can cause surface discolorations and make a car very, very hot — temperatures have been recorded well over 150 degrees.

To avoid sun damage there are a couple ways you can protect your interior.

  • Get a protective tint on your windows or use windshield sun protector while you are parked. Both of these methods keep the car’s interior cooler and out of direct sunlight.
  • Park in the shade when you can.
  • Seat covers protect the seats from direct sunlight which can cause them to crack and keep seats cooler so they don’t burn you when you sit on them.
  • Use a conditioner on leather surfaces to help keep the material from drying out.

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