Vehicle Care Tips

 

Vehicle Care Tips

 

Oil Pressure

For a more accurate dipstick reading, park your Chevy on level ground, turn off the engine, and wait a few minutes to allow the oil to drain from the crankcase into the oil pan. In severe weather temperatures, you may have to change the grade of your engine oil. Refer to your vehicle's Owner's Manual for the viscosity grade recommended for your vehicle's engine.

Batteries

Cold weather affects battery efficiency. Before visiting one of our Chevy dealers, check to make sure your battery cables are corrosion-free since build-up on the battery cables can drain your battery. Most cold-weather breakdowns occur because batteries aren't delivering full cranking power.

Checking Air Pressure

Check your Chevy's tires at least once a month and when the tires are cold (let the vehicle sit for at least three hours). Refer to your Owner's Manual for the recommended tire inflation for your vehicle. Use a quality gauge. Don't "eyeball" tires - radial tires can look fine even when they're underinflated. Check regularly for objects that have become wedged in the tread since they can work themselves further into the tire over time and cause air loss. Don't forget to check the spare.

Tire Pressure

Monitor and maintain correct air pressure to maximize tire performance and durability. Air expands when heated and contracts when cooled. For most of North America, autumn and early winter are especially important times for checking tire pressure. As the atmospheric temperature falls, tire pressure goes down. A good rule of thumb is that for every change in weather temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit, tire pressure changes about 1 psi - a higher psi as temperature rises, and a lower psi as temperature falls. Refer to your vehicle's Owner's Manual for further information on recommended tire pressure, or visit one of our Chevy dealers.

Under-inflated tires can cause: Over-inflated tires can cause:
Pre-mature/irregular wear Unusual wear
Poor handling Poor handling
Reduced fuel economy Reduced fuel economy