Winter is practically upon Anchorage, AK; falling leaves will quickly become falling snow and holiday vacations will require family roads trips. Before winter arrives, Chevrolet of South Anchorage would like to remind you to complete a number of car care checks before you ask your car to fight winter weather. Completing these checks will help Anchorage and Eagle River drivers avoid getting stranded in freezing temperatures and snow.
Check your tires for uneven tread wear and optimal tire pressure. If any of the tires are low in air, refill appropriately and keep monitoring the tire to ensure you don't have a small air leak.
When your Chevrolet vehicle has low tire tread, you should consider replacing your tires before winter. All-season tires should suffice for most locations, in case you're in an area that receives a large amount of snow, then winter tires are recommend. Winter tires have tread patterns and rubber compounds made to grip snow and ice; additionally they generally have a shorter tread life.
Test Car Battery Power Levels For Winter
If the battery is low, you can try charging it, but ensure the battery holds a charge. Low temperatures automatically reduces battery cranking power, therefore you should make sure the battery is fully charged during cold weather.
Check battery terminals for any corrosion. When there is corrosion on the terminals, clean them thoroughly.
Also check the battery fluid level. If the fluid is low, you can add distilled water. Generally if the battery is more than 5 years old and shows signs of weakness, Chevrolet of South Anchorage suggests replacing the battery with a new one.
Complete An Auto Fluid Check For Winter
Check your oil and oil levels. If it's low or if it has been 5,000 miles since your last oil change, consider changing your oil.
Common winter multi-viscosity oils to use are 5W-20, 5W-30, and 10W-30.
Check your anti-freeze levels. If you're refilling, try to maintain a 50/50 ratio of water and antifreeze; this keeps the coolant from freezing.
Examine your car's windshield washer fluid. If it's low, refill it.