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.

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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.

Winterize Your Car – National Car Care Month

As much as it may pain some of you to hear (and delight others) winter is almost here. One way to start preparing for the cold and snowy months is by winterizing your car.

With October being National Car Care Month it’s a great reminder to get you car ready early for the months ahead.

Whether you decide to bring your vehicle in to Stalker Chevy and have our Certified Service technicians take care of your car or if you want to do an inspection of your own, here are a few things you should make sure to get checked.

Roads get slick and conditions are less than perfect for driving during our winters. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have the proper amount of tread. If you do a decent amount of driving on roads that don’t get cleared quite as much you may want to consider snow tires or ones with extra grip.

Even if your tires are gripping the road just fine they aren’t the only thing responsible for helping you stop in a safe manner. A thorough inspection of your brake system is important before winter hits. Brake lines, rotors, pads, drums, fluid, are all critical components to keeping you safe on snowy or icy roads.

The cold weather can do damage to your engine just by it being too cold. Make sure your car has the proper level of antifreeze, as well as other engine fluids like power steering, radiator, transmission, and windshield washer fluids.

While making sure your car can warm up and run safely and efficiently is great, it’s always good to make sure you can stay warm in your vehicle too. Make sure to get your HVAC systems checked out. No one wants to ride around in a frozen car all winter.

Be sure to have your defrosters and wiper blades inspected too. These are often items that get overlooked, but you can’t drive if you can’t see (Another reason not to text and drive).

And lastly check your battery, belts and hoses. Cold weather can do a number on all of these items. Cold weather is known to drain batteries more rapidly and being stuck in the cold is the worst. Belts and hoses typically have a pretty long shelf life, but you don’t want to ignore them. Especially in the winter when a break or crack can really leave you stranded.

While this takes care of most of the mechanical side of winterizing your car, there are some additional things you can do to further prepare your vehicle.

Check out our next blog installment for more information on how to fully winterize your car!