Winter is practically upon Wasilla, AK; falling leaves will quickly become falling snow and holiday vacations will demand family roads trips. Before winter arrives, Chevrolet of Wasilla wants to remind you to complete a number of car care checks before you ask your car to take on the winter season. Completing these checks will help you avoid getting stranded in freezing temperatures and snow.
Check Tires Before Winter
Examine your tires for uneven tread wear and optimal tire pressure.
If any of the tires are low in air, refill appropriately and keep monitoring the tire to ensure you don't have a small air leak.
When your Chevrolet vehicle has low tire tread, you should consider replacing your tires before winter.
Winter tires are highly recommended in areas that receive a great deal of snow.
Winter tires have tread patterns and rubber compounds made to grip snow and ice; additionally they generally have a shorter tread life.
Complete An Auto Fluid Check Before Winter
Look at your oil and oil levels.
If it's low or if it has been 5,000 miles since your last oil change, consider changing your oil.
Common winter multi-viscosity oils to use are 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30.
Check your anti-freeze levels. If you're refilling, try to keep a 50/50 ratio of water and antifreeze; this keeps the coolant from freezing.
Check your car's windshield washer fluid. If it's low, refill it.
Test Car Battery Power Levels For Winter
In case the battery is low, you can try charging it, but make sure the battery holds a charge.
Low temperatures automatically reduces battery cranking power, which means you want to make sure the battery is fully charged during frigid weather.
Check battery terminals for any corrosion. If there is corrosion around the terminals, clean them thoroughly.
Check battery fluid level. If the fluid is low, then add distilled water.
If the battery is more than 5 years old and shows signs of weakness, Chevrolet of Wasilla suggests replacing the battery with a new one.