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Winter Is Coming: How to Keep Your Chevrolet Running Smoothly in the Cold

Published on Oct 17, 2023 by Caleb Bacher

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, it's a clear sign that winter is on its way. The colder months can be tough on your Chevrolet, but with some essential maintenance and a bit of preparation, you can ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly during the chilly season. In this blog post, we'll share valuable tips on how to keep your Chevrolet running properly as it starts to get cold, so you can navigate the winter roads of Purcell and the surrounding areas with confidence.

Engine Maintenance

Check Your Battery: Cold weather can be especially hard on your vehicle's battery. Have it tested to ensure it's in good condition and properly charged. If it's getting old or showing signs of weakness, consider replacing it before winter.

Cold Weather Oil: Switch to a winter-grade oil for your engine. This type of oil flows more easily in cold temperatures, helping your engine start smoothly and operate efficiently.

Tire Care

Inspect Your Tires: Check your tire tread depth and tire pressure. Properly inflated tires with good tread provide better traction on icy roads. Consider investing in winter tires if you live in an area prone to snow and ice.

Rotate Tires: Rotating your tires regularly helps ensure even wear. This is important for maintaining traction and handling in winter conditions.

Antifreeze and Coolant

Check Antifreeze Levels: Antifreeze, or engine coolant, prevents freezing in your engine and radiator. Ensure that your antifreeze levels are appropriate and that it can withstand the cold temperatures of winter.

Windshield and Visibility

Replace Wiper Blades: Worn wiper blades can streak and limit your visibility in bad weather. Install new wiper blades designed for winter conditions.


Use Winter Washer Fluid: Switch to a winter-grade windshield washer fluid that won't freeze in cold temperatures. It will help keep your windshield clean and clear.

Heating and Defrosting

Test the Heater and Defroster: Ensure that your heating system is working correctly, along with the defroster. You'll need these to stay warm and maintain visibility during winter drives.

Emergency Kit

Prepare an Emergency Kit: It's a good idea to have an emergency kit in your Chevrolet, including items like blankets, a flashlight, extra batteries, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, and a small shovel. These essentials can be invaluable in case of an emergency or if you get stuck in the snow.

Professional Inspection

Schedule a Winter Check-Up: Consider scheduling a professional winter check-up at Windy Chevrolet. Our experts can ensure your vehicle is in optimal condition to handle the challenges of the cold season.

Taking the time to properly maintain your Chevrolet for winter can make a significant difference in your driving experience. Don't let the cold weather catch you off guard. At Windy Chevrolet, we're here to help you prepare your Chevrolet for winter and keep it running smoothly throughout the season. Visit our dealership in Purcell for expert advice, maintenance services, and any necessary parts or accessories to ensure your vehicle's reliability during the winter months. With the right care, your Chevrolet will be ready to tackle the cold and keep you safe on the roads.

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