Protect Your Chevrolet this Winter

Whether you have a Chevy car or truck, it is important to take your Chevy into the service department before the cold months start. Without ‘winterizing’ your vehicle, you can expect many unique issues to pop up.

Cold weather can alter your Chevrolet in the following ways:

1) Tire Pressure Fluctuates

Sub-zero temperatures can affect the tires and tire pressure. Temperature fluctuations modify your tires. During warmer temperatures, the pressure within the tires makes it expand. In the cold, the pressure decreases. This can cause the valve stem to crack. Air leaks may occur, causing your tires to lose pressure.

2) Fluids Congeal

Do you know why you must check the transmission fluid while the vehicle is on? When the engine is off, there is no ATF cycling through the transmission. This means when the car warms up, you will get a precise reading of the ATF quantity circulating via the transmission. In the cold, you must allow your car to heat up before accelerating.

In cold weather, the ATF takes longer to flow through the transmission because this fluid thickens. If you try to drive your car without sufficient warming, you can cause significant damages since you haven’t given the ATF a chance to provide lubrication to the gears.

The car engine oil and brake fluids thicken too. Your engine won’t be able to run properly if the oil hasn’t warmed up. Similarly, your brake lines can burst, or the brakes may not perform well if you accelerate. Warming your Chevrolet sufficiently BEFORE accelerating is the key to circumventing these fluid related-issues.

3) Engine Troubles

In the cold weather, the engine operates at a higher fuel-to-air quotient. This occurs during the first 15 to 20 minutes after you’ve turned the key. After warming up sufficiently, it won’t run as ‘rich’. When this gas-to-air ratio is high, the engine is burning more gas. This is why you need to fill up more in the winter.

In addition, before the engine warms, there is a lot of water vapor build-up in the exhaust and motor oil. This means repeated mini-trips are more harmful than a long road trip. With short trips, your engine doesn’t get enough time to warm up and burn off the vapor. This leads to fouled oil and rust build-up in the exhaust.

Prevent these major engine troubles by giving your engine ample time to warm up. Failing to do so will lead to expensive repairs.

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