Winter Is Here!
Although you likely dreaded it–and probably denied it–winter has you in its grips. Between the chilly temperatures and grey skies, winter can be a tough season to get through. It can be even tougher on your Chevy. While cars are made to last through the winter, they often need a little bit of help just like yourself. To make sure that you don’t end up on the side of a ditch like other car owners, and to make sure that your car makes it through in one piece, you should consider some of these car maintenance tips.
Install Winter Tires
You’ve likely heard that you should have your tires switched out for winter tires once fall starts to shift into winter. Yet you may not know the purpose. Winter tires, essentially, have a thicker and wider trim. This allows the tire to better grip the snow and ice when you’re driving. When you’re out there on the highway and suddenly find yourself slipping around on some black ice, you’re going to wish you had winter tires. You should also be sure you take off your winter tires once spring arrives. That way you can save the tread for next winter and also save yourself a bit of money in not having to buy new winter tires. By regularly alternating your tires, you can give your Chevy the best chance it has to stay on the road during the icy winter. Remember, if you are uncertain about the health of your tires, you should visit the tire center and have a professional take a look.
Get Winter Windshield Wipers
Similar to winter tires, your wipers should also be exchanged for those that are created specifically for winter conditions. Have you ever driven in a blizzard before and find that the salt from the road and other grime keeps you from being able to see through the snow? Not that the snow itself certainly helps either. If so, then you probably tried to use water and your wipers to clean the windshield off. If you were lucky, then your windshield cleaned right off, and all you have to do deal with was the blizzard. If you had the luck of the general public, then your the water probably froze quickly and made your wipers freeze, too. Or, worse, your wipers refused to move at all because they were frozen to your car.
This is a circumstance that happens all too often. That’s why one major car maintenance tip you should follow is to replace your wipers with winter-approved wipers. These wipers are crafted in such a way that ensures they don’t freeze to your car. So, when you’re in desperate need to clean off your windshield, you won’t find yourself in a panic when your washers refuse to move.
While most cars these days come with automatic starts and a unique locking system that no longer requires keyholes, there are still many drivers out there who have the traditional form of locks. You’ve likely experienced walking out to your car after a particularly unpleasant winter storm only to find that your lock is frozen. Your key refuses to turn it and instead of risking breaking your key–or the lock–you should take the time to procure some lubricant, greaser, or even an ice melter. Luckily, there are quite a few stores that sell ice melters, so you can easily pick up a bottle or two and be well-equipped for winter. The next time your locks decide to freeze, you can spray the melter into them and watch as the ice liquifies right before your eyes.
Just be sure that you don’t leave the ice melter inside of your car. It won’t do you much good if it’s inside your locked and frozen car.
Take Care Of Fluids
Besides having your oil regularly changed–which always a critical maintenance task to do–you should also have the fluids of your car drained as the temperatures start to drop. Instead, you should place oil and windshield fluid that is designed for low-temperatures inside of your vehicle. This keeps your car lubed up no matter how cold it becomes outside. Your oil and windshield fluid won’t freeze, and your car should start up quite easily. When you turn on your windshield wipers, you won’t hear that dreaded screeching of wipers dragging against a dry windshield because the fluid froze. It’s also not a bad idea to check the antifreeze level. If it’s low, then have it topped off!
Show Your Car Some Love
You likely rely on your car a lot. Without it, you’d have a difficult time getting to work, going shopping, or even going out to fun activities. By treating your car well and preparing it for winter, your Chevy will be ready to last through any inclement weather.