Winter Maintenance

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for the Winter Months?

It’s winter nearly all the time in Fairbanks, AK. The service experts at Chevrolet GMC Of Fairbanks want to remind you to complete several car care checks before you ask your vehicle to fight the winter weather. Learn how to make your driveway safe and ensure that your vehicle is properly winterized, so you don’t get stranded in freezing temperatures and snow during commutes around Fairbanks. Feel free to contact our service center with any questions.

How to Check Your Tires for Winter?

  • Check your tires for uneven tread wear and optimal tire pressure.
  • Make sure you’re regularly rotating your tires.
  • If any tires are low on air, refill appropriately and monitor the tire to ensure you don’t have a small air leak.
  • When your GM vehicle has low tire tread, you should consider replacing your tires before winter.
  • All-season tires should suffice in many locations, but if you’re in an area that receives a large amount of snow, then winter tires are recommended.
  • Winter tires have tread patterns and rubber compounds designed to grip snow and ice. They also tend to have a shorter tread life. Learn about our Blizzak winter tires.

Get additional tire tips from the service experts at Chevrolet GMC Of Fairbanks today!

Complete Your Auto Fluid Check!

  • 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, seek to maintain a 50/50 ratio of water and anti-freeze; this keeps the coolant from freezing.
  • Check your car’s windshield washer fluid. If it’s low, refill it.

Get Your Battery Tested Before Winter!

  • If the battery is low, you can attempt charging it and ensure it holds a charge.
  • Low temperatures automatically reduce battery cranking power, so check that the battery is fully charged during frigid weather.
  • Check battery terminals for any corrosion. When there is corrosion around the terminals, clean them thoroughly.
  • Check battery fluid level. In case the fluid is low, then add distilled water.
  • Generally, if the battery is more than five years old and shows signs of weakness, the Chevrolet GMC Of Fairbanks service experts suggest replacing the battery with a new one.

Get More Winter Service Tips at Chevrolet GMC Of Fairbanks!

Whether you want to know how often to rotate your tires, your vehicle’s oil change frequency, or how to check your coolant levels, you can rest assured that you’re in excellent hands at our Fairbanks service center. We offer competitive rates, special offers, and service financing to help keep your visit budget-friendly.