Winterizing Your Vehicle
Winterizing Your Vehicle
Ensure your vehicle is ready for the cold season with a tune-up from Bill Delord
Every year there are hundreds of vehicles which get stranded on the highways and the roads during the holiday season. Where there are some cases in which there is an unavoidable mishap, many times the problem which has caused the vehicle to become inoperable is preventative. Alongside the regular maintenance and care of your vehicle, there are a few ways in which you can winterize your Chevy, Buick, or GMC vehicle to minimize the risk of having damage done to the vehicle during these cold months.
Keep the car in the garage when not in use
One of the easiest ways that you can keep your car in great working order is to keep it out of the cold when it is not being used. Moisture accumulation and water in the air can settle on parts, especially if the ground already has snow or precipitation, and then freeze. These parts are then susceptible to cracks, breaks, and leaks. Ideally, you will want to store your vehicle in a garage or carport. However, if you do not have such an option, consider covering the car with a car tarp when not in use.
Keep your tires safe
Traction and control are an essential part of staying safe on the roads. Air pressure, balance, and rotation of your tires will help to keep the vehicle performing at its peak. Additionally, if you live in an area that is prone to snow, consider upgrading your tires to specialty tires or implement snow chains on the tires if needed.
Before you drive anywhere during the winter months, do a visual inspection of the tires. Tires which appear to be low should be checked to ensure that they have the proper air pressure. You do not want to ride on a tire with too low of pressure as this could cause a blowout. Tires should also be inspected for cracks and bulging. This is an indicator that the wall of the tire is weak. In such cases you should use a spare and get a new tire as soon as possible.
Check your battery for corrosion
When cranking your vehicle, if you can turn over the engine but find that it takes a few moments to do so, there may be corrosion on the battery terminals. To check the battery, ensure that the engine is off then open the hood of your vehicle and locate the battery. In most models there are rubber coverings over the terminals. These fold back to give access to the fastening screw and nut. When you fold back the cover if you see greenish blue matter on the connections then there is corrosion. Clean the corrosion off with a rag. Do not use a metal brush as you can cause it to spark and short out or worse. Remove as much of the corroded material as possible remembering always to keep your hands clear of it (it is acidic).
If the battery has a substantial amount of corrosion on the terminals, but you can still turn it over, the best option is to bring it to a service station so that it can be cleaned and the battery can be tested safely.
Plan for the unexpected
Where we hope that there are no accidents on the roadways, no blockages of the streets from fallen tree limbs, and no delays, the odds are that you will face something this winter season. Plan for unexpected events. When you leave your house, bring a bottle or two of water. Keep a first aid kit in the car as well as a spare cell phone battery in your glove department. If you have not activated your OnStar navigational system and your vehicle has the abilities to do so, it is advised that you do.
If the check engine light is on bring it in to be serviced
Do not neglect to have your engine checked if the light comes on. In many cases it is something minor. However, avoiding the minor issue can quickly lead to larger issues. For example: An engine light may come on to remind you to get your oil changed. Avoiding changing your oil can lead to engine lock up.
Do you need to know if your car is fit for this winter?
If you are not sure where and what to look for in winterizing your vehicle do not worry. Bill Delord Chevy, Buick, and GMC can help you. Our professional team has experience in winterizing and minimizing the risks for common issues as well as some of the unforeseen issues that are not so common. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy winter season.
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