Up here in northwest Idaho and the Spokane Valley, we’re used to snowy weather conditions. But no matter how long you’ve lived here, it’s always a good idea to pay special attention to winterizing your Chevy; especially now that the snow is falling and ice is on the roadways making driving more dangerous.
Here at Knudtsen Chevrolet, we want to help you avoid the headaches of breaking down in your Chevy as Jack Frost cranks up the cold. So we put together the following tips on how to properly winterize your vehicle.
Follow the Four “B’s of Winter Car Care:
Blades – If your wiper blades are streaking, skipping, or have worn/split rubber, replace them with genuine AC/Delco wiper blades to make sure they are up to the task of keeping your windshield clean during wet and snowy weather.
Battery – Temperature extremes are a huge drain on your battery. Inspect the battery posts and cables for corrosion and clean if necessary. If you’re finding it harder to start your car, have your battery, starter, and alternator checked by one of our certified technicians to ensure that they are operating correctly.
Belts – Rubber becomes brittle over time, but especially when the weather gets cold. Look for cracks in belts and have one of our technicians check your belts for pliability. Replace if necessary. The same goes for hoses, which go bad from the inside out. Inspect for spongy, brittle, or bulging areas.
Brakes – Look for low brake fluid levels in the brake reservoir. If you are adding or replacing brake fluid yourself, make sure to use clean brake fluid from an unopened container to avoid contamination. Our certified technicians can also perform a visual inspection of your brakes. They’ll look for alignment problems, sticking calipers, or warped rotors.
Here are some additional things you should have checked out by a certified technician to help ensure your car’s safety during these winter months:
- Anti-freeze condition and level
- Tire tread wear, tread depth, and air pressure
- Engine air and cabin filters
Also be sure to read your car’s owner’s manual for other important tips and advice on how to properly maintain your vehicle no matter what time of year.
Keeping your car on the road
At Knudtsen Chevrolet, we are committed to keeping your car – no matter what make or model – in top running condition. That’s why we offer a free battery test and inspection, free brake test, and a free multi-point inspection of your car’s most critical parts. If you do need assistance, we recommend Schaffer’s Towing out of Coeur d’Alene. They can be reached at 208-667-2330. Or visit www.schafferstowing.com.
Knudtsen Chevrolet has been proudly serving the northwest Idaho area for 75 years. Stop by and see our wide selection of award-winning new 2014 and 2015 Chevys, like the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 Double Cab, voted 2014 North American Truck of the Year. Chevy has more 2014 model-year five-star vehicles than either Ford or Toyota, so you can buy with confidence.
To schedule service, call our Service Hotline at 888-244-3205. For Sales, call 855-974-0317. Knudtsen Chevrolet is located at 1900 E. Polston Ave., Post Falls, ID 83854.
Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season!