Learn the Top Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips and Tricks

By Sunrise Chevrolet | January 4th, 2018

Snowy Road

When the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, there’s no need to fret! The right winter vehicle maintenance will help keep your car safe and sound all season long. Plus, winterizing your car is easier than you might think! Whether you take the DIY approach or visit us at Sunrise Chevy, just a few maintenance services can make a world of difference in your car’s performance this winter. Learn how to conduct a quick inspection, pack an emergency kit, and ready your vehicle for any forecast with a little help from our experts.


No matter your skill level, it’s a good idea to perform a visual inspection every season. This helps you learn what is normal, so you can spot anything unusual that pops up. Here are some areas to inspect:

  • Coolant: Grab a tester at Sunrise Chevy to check the levels of your coolant, and take a look at your owner’s manual for more information. You’ll need the right mix of antifreeze and water to prevent an icy mess in your radiator.
  • Oil: Before the winter hits, see if you need an oil change. Some technicians prefer a thinner oil for colder areas, so feel free to ask our staff for advice.
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid: Fill up your car with freeze-resistant fluid to protect your windshield from freezing precipitation.
  • Tires: Read the air pressure and check the tread of every tire, and consider investing in snow tires. This helps ensure that you have the proper traction to conquer slick and icy lanes.

Emergency Preparation

While winter vehicle maintenance can prevent tons of problems down the line, unexpected incidents happen. Many drivers invest in an emergency vehicle kit as extra insurance in the harsh winter weather. You can find pre-made kits online and in the store, but you can also customize your own kit for your particular area. Basics like flashlights and ice scrapers are always a good idea, but you might want to add jumper cables and a spare chargers for extra peace of mind.

Get Winterized by the Pros

If you’ve fallen behind on your winter vehicle maintenance, save yourself some stress and allow our professional technicians to take care of everything for you. In fact, why not schedule your appointment online? We’d be happy to do a thorough inspection and prepare your car for the cold weather ahead!



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