How to Prepare Your Chevy for the Cooler Months Ahead

Whether you just purchased a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet or you have a vehicle that is a few years old, you’ll need to get it ready for the cooler months ahead, especially if you have holiday travel plans that take you north. This means getting it ready for any road trips you might take during the holidays and the rest of the winter and ensuring that the mechanics are solid.

Tires

If you have all-season tires on your vehicle, make sure the tread is good enough to last throughout the winter. Have the tires balanced and rotated. Your service technician will also check for a separated tire and whether the tread shows a problem with the alignment or suspension. If you still have summer tires on your vehicle, it’s time to change to winter tires.

Belts, Hoses and Brakes

Have your vehicle’s belts and hoses checked for wear and possible leaks. The last thing you want is to have a belt or a hose leave you stranded on a cold day. Your service technician will check the accessory belts, heater hoses, water hoses, power steering hoses and brake hoses. You’ll also want to check your vehicle’s brakes including the pads, rotors, calipers and brake hoses. And, if applicable, the tech will check the drums, wheel cylinders and the ABS system.

Other Mechanics

If the check engine light is on or you suspect any other problems, bring it to the attention of the service adviser so that he can have the tech check and possibly repair these issues.

Emergency Kit

Even if you don’t have plans for long road trips, you should have an extensive emergency kit in your vehicle. It could save your life even if you are stranded for just a couple hours while waiting for a tow truck in the city. The emergency kit should include an extensive first aid kit, extra blankets, a change of warm, dry clothing, a liter of water for every person in the vehicle and high energy snacks such as granola bars, peanut butter and crackers and other non-perishable items.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your next new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service.

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