How to Prepare Your Chevy for Winter

You might need tire chains if you head up north this winter/Todd McCann/Flickr Creative Commons

Winter is just around the corner; that means it’s time to prepare your Chevy for the season. Several service items are a “must,” while others depend on how you use your Chevy during the winter months. Make an appointment with Classic Chevrolet to have your vehicle serviced for winter before it gets too cold.

Oil Change

If you just had your oil changed and used 5W-30 or another “winter” viscosity oil, then you can skip this step. However, if your vehicle uses a thicker viscosity oil during warmer months, you will need to have it changed. Since oil tends to thicken when it’s cold, your engine needs oil that won’t get quite as thick during the cold months.

Antifreeze

Check your owner’s manual for the time frame to flush the cooling system. If it’s almost time stop by for a coolant flush – don’t wait until the middle of winter. If you had a coolant leak in the past and just added water, you definitely need to have the system flushed and refilled with the proper mixture of antifreeze and water. If it gets cold enough, the water in the block and cooling system could freeze and could cause massive problems including a cracked block.

Tires

Check your tires to see if they are worn – if you look between the treads, you will see a small “bump.” If the tread is almost even with the bump, then you need to replace the tires on your vehicle. Choose tires that match your winter driving. If you stay on well-cleared roads, then you don’t need mud and snow tires; however, if you drive off road, even on gravel roads, you may want to consider all-terrain or mud and snow tires. If you typically drive through farm fields, you may want to add a set of chains for those snowy days when you just have to get a load of hay or other feed out to the animals.

Winter Service at Classic Chevrolet

Call or visit our web site for a service appointment at Classic Chevy so that your vehicle is ready for the winter. In addition to service, don’t forget to check your emergency kit. Replenish items that are out of date and add extra blankets and jackets to the kit.

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