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