If you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, you should have it done as soon as possible. The certified technicians at Classic Chevrolet will be glad to help you ready your vehicle for winter’s harsh months whether you are driving a pickup truck, SUV, crossover, sedan, minivan or sports car.
If you haven’t had your radiator flushed in the past three to five years, it’s a good idea to get it done and to ensure that you have the proper mixture of water and antifreeze for the winter. Antifreeze not only keeps the block from freezing during severe cold temperatures, but it also keeps the block from rusting. It also lengthens the life of the engine’s freeze plugs and any metal water piping.
Always be sure the fluids are topped off and that your vehicle has no leaks. This includes power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, oil, windshield washer fluid and antifreeze. If you don’t repair a leak and you end up losing all of a certain fluid, you could be stranded in the freezing cold weather with no way to keep warm.
If your vehicle does not have all season or mud and snow tires, you should change your tires immediately. “Summer” tires or highway tires don’t have enough traction for snowy roads and that could cause an accident. Also, if you do have the proper tires but the tread is nearly worn to nothing, change the tires as soon as possible.
Not only do you need to make sure you have enough material on your vehicle’s brake pads, but you must also be sure the power brake booster, calipers and hoses are all in good working condition. Most vehicles have ABS brakes. If your vehicle’s ABS light is lit, stop by our service department to have the ABS checked and repaired.
Your vehicle should have an emergency kit – at the minimum, a first aid kit. However, in the winter you’ll want to add several things for a good emergency kit including blankets, bottled water, nonperishable high-energy food, a shovel, a flare gun and flares, safety triangles, a set of dry clothes, a flashlight and extra batteries, and a heavy winter jacket.