Never underestimate the damage that cold, winter weather can do to your vehicle. Everything from tires and brakes to fluids and oils are affected by the change in temperatures. Always make sure you have the correct type of motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and differential grease recommended by the manufacture for proper performance and to insure long life of those components. It is always a good idea to start a cold vehicle and let it warm up to a minimum operating temperature before you leave the driveway. Operating a vehicle when it is just started for the first time (after sitting all night) is doing harm and shorten the life of the internal components of your engine, transmission, and other driveline components.
Make sure you check the pressures in your tires at least twice through out the winter months. The cold temperatures will make the pressure decrease which will result in poor handling and increase the potential for losing control of your vehicle on cold, slippery roads. Furthermore, it’s always a good idea to check to tire pressure in your spare tire. The pressure could be too low when the time comes that you may need it.
By Will Kivett
G.M. Brandywine Installation Division