You wouldn’t head out into cold weather without bundling up. Your vehicle faces similar challenges as temperatures drop. The bottom line: it needs a little extra care as the mercury plummets. A little preparation before winter sets in may help prevent major headaches later.
What You Can Do:
Make sure you have a heavy-duty ice scraper and snow brush in your vehicle.
Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so check tire pressure often. See your Owner’s Manual for directions and details.
In severe winter temperatures, you may have to change the grade of your engine oil. Check your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for the viscosity grade recommended for your vehicle’s engine.
Check your wiper blades. Cold temperatures can make blades brittle, and ice on the windshield can cause nicks in the blades, decreasing performance.
If you’re planning a trip, take a blanket, extra-warm clothing, a collapsible shovel, a bag of road salt and an extra bottle of windshield washer fluid.
Put on snow tires if you live in major snow belt areas. Check your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for details and recommended practices.
What Goodwrench Can Do:
Cold weather affects battery efficiency. Most cold-weather breakdowns occur because batteries aren’t delivering full cranking power. Your Goodwrench technician can check your battery and make sure battery cables are corrosion-free.
Winter will take a big toll on your vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is ready. See your GM dealer for a fall season Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection, including checks on wiper blades, tires, fluids and more.