Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Prepare your Vehicle for Winter

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.
For all your vehicle service needs visit the Performance Chevrolet Service Department, located at: 1005 W Ehringhaus St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909(252) 338-9100

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