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The harshest time of the year for vehicles has arrived here in Central Kentucky. Freezing temperatures may lead to some unexpected issues for drivers. Never fear, we are here to help! Simply plan ahead for icy conditions with a service reservation at Don Jacobs and at home preparations before you’re sliding off the road.
Prep with Service
The best move you can do right now is scheduling a service reservation at one our three service centers here in Lexington[link]. When you bring your vehicle in, we will be able to address any of your regular maintenance needs:
- Oil change & Oil Filter
- Rotate, balance, align tires
- Inspection of belts, hoses, tires, heating systems, defroster, four-wheel drive system, and battery
On top of that, we will also perform a visual multi-point inspection to identify potential concerns in the coming months. Are your wipers showing signs of wear and tear? Or do you need to swap out your tires for some that can better tackle icy roads? With our parts center on site, we have you covered with any supplies you may need.
Prep at Home
Making sure your vehicle is up to snuff goes beyond a service reservation though. Here are some additional tips that you can do from home:
- Monitor tire pressure – We talked previously about how colder weather may bring lower tire pressures. It’s important to check this once a month even after your normal service reservations. Many newer models allow you to check this out with a touch of a button.
- Apply wax to your vehicle – Road salt and dirt from snow plows will be spraying all over your vehicle in the winter. Before the cold weather starts, apply a fresh coat of wax to protect it from these conditions. Be sure to focus on the lower parts of the vehicle: behind the wheels, quarter panels, and the front grille.
- Check headlights and brake lights – A given though the year for when you drive at night, these lights become even more important during the winter months. With heavy snow fall obscuring visibility, your lights will help alert other drivers of your presence when they normally can’t. Are the covers hazy and discolored? Kits are available to make them as good as new!
Want to get ready for winter? Call Guest Services at 859-276-3546 or click here to schedule a reservation to have your vehicle inspected and serviced by our team of certified technicians in one of our service centers. We can’t wait to see you soon!
If April showers bring May flowers, what does the fall and winter bring? Well, tire pressure lights of course! All jokes aside, this time of year you may notice your tire pressure light is demanding attention.
Often times, this isn’t anything to be overly concerned about and can be blamed on fluctuations in weather. Living in Kentucky, we can experience all 4 seasons within a day. That sure does make your tire pressure sensors go wild!
A good rule of thumb is that if you wake up and its 10+ degrees different than the day before; that could alter the pressure in your tires that triggers your tire pressure alert. While this isn’t always cause for immediate alarm, we do have a quick fix to ensure nothing serious is going on!
We encourage our valued customers to stop by any of our service lanes- no reservation needed! We are happy to check your pressure, ensure they are within a normal fluctuation, fill the air if necessary and reset your light. We will get you taken care of as quickly as possible!
If you do make the recommended adjustments and the light keeps coming on or the fluctuation is outside the norm, we are pleased to make you a reservation. The safety of our loyal customers and their vehicles is most important to us! We appreciate the opportunity to assist you with any lights, concerns or maintenance needs. Call Don Jacobs Guest Services at 859-276-3546 to schedule today.
Customization at your fingertips
Here at Don Jacobs, we recognize that your new car isn’t just a way to reach Point A to Point B. Your vehicle is an extension of your lifestyle and we can outfit it to reflect that. With genuine Honda, BMW, and Volkswagen accessories, we are using the highest quality accessories in the market, leaving you without any worries. You can see that in our Signature Series Lineup and when we match you with your dream car.
Whether you’re looking for something rugged to go off road, something comfortable and loaded with tech, or anything in-between, allow our team to create your vision. Want the 2019 Honda Accord but don’t want to lose the CD player for your music? We’ve got you covered! Want to add-on a roof rack No problem! We even have roof box rentals so you don’t have to worry about storing one not in use.
Our goal is to provide you with the options to make our inventory your reality. The vehicle you want, and how you want it.
View BMW, Honda, and Volkswagen Accessory Options: https://www.donjacobs.com/auto-parts-and-accessories-lexington-ky
Bottom line – it is literally freezing in Central Kentucky! The below freezing temperature we are experiencing are not ideal but also unavoidable. If you have ever wondered how the sub-zero temps affect your car, here are some interesting facts and tips about your car in the frigid temps:
“Can my Gasoline freeze?”
Gasoline can freeze at anywhere between -40 to -50 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can aid in preventing you gas from freezing by keeping your tank as close to full as possible.
“Is my battery frozen?”
Not impossible, but more than likely, it is not. According to our amazing service teams here at Don Jacobs, it is possible that your battery can die due to the cold temperatures if it is already weak.
A 100%, fully charged battery is the best bet. At 100%, it would take a temperature of -76 to freeze it.
“My windshield wiper fluid is frozen, now what?”
Your windshield wiper fluid is more than likely a combination of water and methanol. When mixed, it freezes at -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are a few tips to combat frozen wiper fluid: let your car warm up first, park in the sun or in a garage or simply wait for an upcoming warm day. Afterward, add a lower temperature wiper fluid to help dilute the leftover fluid in the system.
Winter Service specials are available now for Volkswagen, BMW and Honda. Click Here to get your Don Jacobs Service Coupon Today!