Proac­tive ad­vice

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

News Staff For over 50 years, Roy’s Chevro­let Buick GMC in Green Val­ley has been help­ing area mo­torists pre­pare their cars for the harsh­est weather of the year.

“We of­fer all types of con­ven­tional main­te­nance, like oil changes, trans­mis­sion oil changes and dif­fer­en­tial fluid changes for big­ger trucks, win­ter/sea­son tire changes and coolant flushes,” ex­plains Alex Labonté, cus­tomer re­la­tions man­ager at Roy’s. Em­pha­siz­ing that driv­ers should take a “proac­tive” in­stead of a “re­ac­tive” ap­proach to win­ter­iz­ing their ve­hi­cles, Mr. Labonté touched on a cou­ple of sim­ple – yet of­ten over­looked – steps that can be taken to help en­sure that you’re not left stranded this win­ter. “You want to make sure that your bat­tery is good... and that’s some­thing that isn’t too hard to do, ei­ther,” he says.

“Ev­ery time we do a con­ven- tional oil change, we check the bat­tery and give the cus­tomer a re­port on its con­di­tion. “Some­times peo­ple dis­re­gard that (re­port), but keep­ing an eye on the state of your bat­tery is very im­por­tant.” And don’t ne­glect your “oc­ca­sional” or “sec­ond” car or truck, ei­ther.

“Even if you’re not go­ing to be driv­ing it reg­u­larly, that ve­hi­cle is sit­ting out­side, so you should start it up about once a week and let it run for a bit dur­ing the Win­ter,” says Mr. Labonté. “If it’s not started, all of the com­po­nents can freeze up.”

As for your reg­u­lar ve­hi­cle, if it’s a newer model, warm­ing it up be­fore driv­ing isn’t re­quired. “We have to con­sider the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, and that’s why now, all 2014 and up mod­els have a five-minute max-out on their re­mote starters... so after that five min­utes is up, the car will shut off,” says Mr. Labonté.

“For older ve­hi­cles, you should let them warm up, to make sure that all the flu­ids are warmed up as well. But for the newer ve­hi­cles, after about 30 sec­onds or so, they’re prop­erly warmed up and ready to go.”

SCOTT CARMICHAEL PHOTOS

TUNED UP: Tech­ni­cians Jor­dan Flaro and Ryan Ler­oux (top right) tune up ve­hi­cles.

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