Weatherproofing Your Chevrolet C20 Suburban
There's nothing like rainwater leaking inside your cabin to ruin a nice family trip. Or a dead battery to keep you and your nieces stranded in the middle of mountains of snow. Unfortunately, having a family car such as your Chevrolet C20 Suburban means having the responsibility of taking care not only of yourself but of your passengers too. So making sure that your Suburban withstands even the harshest of weather conditions is no longer an option, but it is a must.
Aside from the obvious metallic components of your vehicle, it has rubber parts too like the wiper blades and the weatherstripping, which are both crucial if you want to keep rainwater from doing any damage to your car. Though you may not use your windshield wipers all year round, the rubber in the wiper blades still wears out from being exposed to the sun. The same goes for your Suburban's weatherstripping, which is also exposed to heat and at the same time constantly being pulled and pressed. Make sure to check on those two components of your Suburban just before the season changes to ensure that nothing is too worn out already. If the rubber has cracks and has started fraying, then you have no choice but to replace it immediately.
- Keep your battery fluid in check.
Batteries tend to fail a lot during winter, but it's not actually the cold temperature that's doing the damage on your battery. The real problem lies during the summer, wherein the temperature is so high that the battery fluid evaporates fast, which results in an internal battery problem. Because of the internal problem, your battery's charging rate gets affected, causing your battery to weaken and become vulnerable during the winter. Hence, you may have noticed the number of stalled cars during winter. So if you don't want your Suburban to join the other vehicles stuck in the middle of the road, then keep an eye on your battery fluid, especially during hot days.
- Maintain good tire condition.
Your vehicle's tires are the ones responsible for getting you wherever you want to go. So it just goes without saying that you need to keep your tires in check especially under harsh weather conditions if you want to arrive at your destination safe and sound. How to do that? Change your tires according to the season. Winter tires are made specifically to overcome problems such as hydroplaning and salt issues on the road. But if you already have a set of all-season tires and want to stick with them, then just make sure that their tread marks are still good and that your tires still have full traction on the road. Also, always make sure that your tires have enough air by using a tire pressure gauge. The tire pressure gauge will tell you exactly how much air your tire has so that you can refill it up to the prescribed level. Don't make the mistake of dismissing your tires' possible need of inflating just because they don't seem to look flat.