Brrrr…Cold Car Care Tips

Guess what everyone…it’s cold. Really cold. And when it’s cold nearly every outdoor activity becomes more difficult (save for skiing, snowboarding, etc.).  While I’m sure there are plenty of you that enjoy the snow and cold, your car is unlikely to have the same feelings. So while we’re in the grips of near record cold temperatures here are a few tips to make your life a little easier.

Cold car care preventative maintenance tips

Have your battery tested/Change your battery. Cold weather can zap the power from a battery pretty quickly. If you’ve had your battery for a few years it may be best to bring your vehicle to a service department and have the battery changed. You can have the service team check for loose cables and corrosion as well.

Check your fluid levels. It’s important to keep your car at optimum efficiency in the cold so you’re not left stranded at any time. Antifreeze and oil are key because they help regulate your fluid temperatures and keep you engine parts well lubricated.

Check your windshield wipers. In any driving situation being able to see what’s in front of you is important. Wiper blades designed to combat the snow and ice of the winter will increase your visibility and help keep you safe.

Chains on Tires
Extreme cold weather and winter conditions can do a number on your vehicle, if you aren’t prepared.

Our last preventative cold car care tip is checking up on your tire pressure. Cold air compresses more quickly causing a dip in your tire’s PSI. Depending on how much the temperature drops this could affect your tires overnight. Be careful not to over inflate you tires. The PSI on the tire is the max pressure the tire can take. Not the preferred amount for the weight of your vehicle. That number is on the driver side door frame and owner’s manual.

We realize getting out in the cold isn’t fun. But getting stuck in the cold is worse. Make sure you take care of you car this winter.

Chevy Headlights, Taillights, and You

The winter months mean cold temperatures and slick streets, but they also mean shorter periods of daylight. During this time it’s important to know some signs of wear on your Chevy headlights and taillights. These lights not only help you see better and further, they also help people see you.

Cold temperatures affect your battery, so make sure you have a strong battery. This will help keep your headlights and taillights strong. Another aspect that is often overlooked is cleaning your headlights and taillights. While some may not wash their vehicle as frequently during the winter months, keeping those headlights and taillights clean will increase your visibility.

In the event that your headlights and/or taillights have gone out replacing them in a timely manner is critically. Not only do you want to have full visibility again, but you don’t want to keep non-working parts in your vehicle. A dead bulb may create excess corrosion and damage the socket or wiring. Each Chevy vehicle is a bit different in how the lights are housed, so make sure to check your owner’s manual to find out the specifics of you vehicle. Or you can always take your vehicle to your local Chevy service center and have the lights replaced by a Certified Service Technician with genuine GM parts.

Your headlights and taillights are an extension of your eyes on the road. Make sure you take care of them so that you stay safe this winter and throughout the year.

And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Winterizing Your Car – Essential Items

In our last blog we discussed winterizing your car from a car care prospective. But there are more steps to take to make sure your car is properly winterize.

While we certainly hope your car always runs smoothly and you never have any complications, we want to do our best to make sure you’re prepared.

For starters make sure you have a blanket, extra set of warm clothes, and boots in your trunk for an emergency. Iowa winters can get pretty chilly, and if you’re stuck on the side of the road waiting on help that time will go by much faster if you can remain warm.

Cold Weather Car Breakdown
Keeping Key Items in Your Car Can Keep You From Being Left in the Cold This Winter

Next make sure you have an emergency kit. This doesn’t pertain to just the winter months, many of these items should be in your car at all times.

  • Flares
  • Radio
  • Engine Oil
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries – Batteries will get cold and lose a bit of life over the course of the winter. Bring back some of the juice by placing the battery between your elbow or underneath your arm for 30 seconds to warm them up.
  • First aid kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Rubberbands
  • Bungee Cords
  • Spare Cash – 10 to 20 dollars can stretch when you in a tight spot.
  • Multitool – A small handy device to do a variety of task.

The Boy Scout motto of, “Always be prepared”, applies when dealing with winterizing your car.

We hope our tips on packing essential items and winterizing car care were helpful. Drive safe this winter and look out for more information from Stalker Chevrolet. Remember to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.