Whether you just picked up a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet or your Chevy is older, you’ll want to get it ready for the summer. You are most likely going to put more miles on your vehicle during the summer months because of vacations and road trips. This means you’ll need to do a bit more maintenance.
Be sure you have the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance completed on your vehicle. Even if you are not quite at the recommended mileage, have it completed if you expect to take a road trip that could will exceed the mileage or time for maintenance.
Wash and wax your vehicle, even if you are not planning on a road trip until the middle of the summer. The hotter sun, dust and bugs will take a toll on the paint. Let the summer take its toll on the wax instead of the paint.
Rotate bottled water and emergency food in your emergency kit. You can also remove the heavier jackets and blankets in favor of lighter jackets, umbrellas and lighter blankets. Double check the first aid kit to ensure that nothing has been used. And, rotate the batteries. Use the batteries you put in the vehicle in the fall and put new batteries in the emergency kit.
If you plan on traveling to remote areas, you may also want to add a small tent to the emergency kit. If you happen to get stranded in the middle of nowhere, you could sleep in the vehicle if it will be a day for help to get to you; however, sleeping in a tent might be more comfortable, especially if you have kids with you.
Don’t forget to check the tires. Check for uneven wear and check the tire pressure. If the tread is almost down to the tread bars, change the tires instead of waiting.
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The newly-introduced Trax features contemporary design elements, premium interior, active safety features, connectivity and a turbocharged engine; and will be available in the fall in three trim levels: the LS, LT and Premier.
The 2017 Chevrolet Trax features a new proportioned dual port grille and headlights that flow around the corners, a sportier look, halogen reflector headlights on the LS trim level and LED signature lighting on the LT and Premier trim levels. The rear features dual taillights, a new fascia and LED signature lighting and 18-inch aluminum wheels on the Premier trim level. Many of these elements are already found on other Chevy models including the Cruze, Malibu and the Volt.
The 2017 Trax’s interior features a modified instrument panel in Chevy’s dual cockpit design and a dashboard hood that runs the width of the vehicle without interruptions. This new design allows the diver to better see the 7-inch diagonal MyLink color touch screen. The instrument panel and the console feature Galvano chrome trim. The Premier trim level features an instrument panel with a contrasting color that matches its leatherette seat trim. The Trax also features a new gauge display that features an analog tach and speedo plus digital displays.
Safety features available, depending on the trim level, include lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert and side blind zone alert. Features that are standard on all trim levels include 10 airbags and a rearview camera.
The 7-inch infotainment system support available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 4G LET and a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can connect up to seven different devices to the Trax. Additional new technology includes keyless start and keyless open.
Engine and Transmission
The Trax features a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.
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When you are in the market for a new sports car, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 convertible. Owning your own Camaro ZL1 convertible, you’ll be able to attack the highway at speed while feeling the wind whip by you. With new levels of refinement, technology, acceleration and capability, the new Chevy Camaro will challenge the most advanced of the sports coupes in the world.
The executive vice president of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss, said that the ZL1 was designed to bet the best of the best. With superb performance packed into a 2+2 coupe, the ZL1 is great for every day driving and for taking it out on the track.
The 2017 model year comes with a new 6.2-liter V-8 supercharged engine that puts out an estimated 640 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Buyers have a choice of a six-speed manual transmission with active rev matching or a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 went through over 100 hours of testing on the track and in a wind tunnel so that the manufacturer could make the best aerodynamic body possible for fuel economy and cooling. Not only is the design functional, but it is stylish. The lower grille opening gives excellent airflow to help keep the Camaro cooler while at higher speeds. The upper grille incorporates an open bow tie insignia.
The Camaro’s new hood features carbon fiber insert with a heat extractor that allows hot air to be pulled from the engine compartment so that the engine is further cooled. Additional changes to the body include the rockers, a bigger front splitter, wider front fenders and a wing-style rear spoiler.
The Camaro’s new technologies include performance traction management, magnetic ride suspension, an electronic limited slip differential, drive mode selection and a custom launch control. The Camaro also weighs 200 pounds less than the previous model year and has 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque, giving it a better power to weight ratio.
Additional features include 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires and Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers on the front wheels for extra stopping power. The front brakes also features large 15.35-inch two piece rotors.
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If you just spent a bunch of money on things for the kids to go back to school, plus bought a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you might be looking for something to do that doesn’t cost anything so you can give your pockets a rest. If you like nature, you can find tons to do.
Go on a Wilderness Retreat
Visit the Cedar Ridge Preserve, which has 600 acres of preserved wilderness, 9 miles of hiking trails, a picnic area and native plant nurseries. This retreat is just a short drive from downtown Dallas and is located at 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway. Hours are from 6:30 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. through October 31. The hours are shortened to a closing time of 6:00 p.m. from November 1 through March 31. The retreat is closed on Mondays. For more information call (972) 709-7784.
Hike the Trinity River Forest
This activity is only free on the third Thursday of each month. Hike the trails of the Trinity River Audubon Center, view hands-on exhibits and visit the Children’s Discovery Garden. Be sure to take note of the over 50 species of birds. The Trinity River Forest is located at 6500 South Loop 12 and hours are from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. For more information call (214) 398-8722.
Visit Green Spaces in Dallas
Dallas has tons of parks with a combined over 21,000 acres in the city. Visit the parks for your lunch break or plan to spend the day on the weekend with a picnic. Be sure to try Main Street Garden Park (Woodall Rodger Parkway and Pearl), Belo Garden (1014 Main) and Klyde Warren Park (St. Paul).
Take a Bike Ride or a Hike
Bike or hike one of the many biking/hiking trails in Dallas. Trails include the Santa Fe Trail, White Rock Lake and Katy Trail.
Walk through the Dallas Farmer’s Market to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables. Often, farmers offer free samples The market is located at 1010 S. Pearl Street and is open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every day except New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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The official start of spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to bring out the rags, buckets and soap for a serious spring cleaning on the interior and exterior your vehicle. Here at Classic Chevrolet, we’re experts at detailing vehicles, and we’d love to share some of our insight with our loyal customers and followers. The following are 10 easy-to-follow tips that will help you clean the winter grime off of your vehicle and make it look and feel like new.
1. Use a scrub brush or air compressor on carpets.
An air compressor will help you blow the dirt out of the tight weaving of your vehicle’s carpets, so you can vacuum it up quickly. A stiff brush will also work as an alternative to an air compressor or in addition to one for an even deeper clean.
2. Use cleaners that are non-acid based.
Acid-based cleaners are often used by the professionals, but it’s best that everyday car enthusiasts clean with non-acid based ones. Acid-based cleaners, if not used correctly, can damage painted or alloy wheels.
3. Use your hands.
Hand washing is the best way to get a deep clean on your vehicle’s exterior, so put the brushes away and roll up your sleeves.
4. Make sure you get the paint clean.
It’s easy to wash your vehicle once and consider it clean, but it often takes more than one wash to thoroughly clean your vehicle’s paint. Once dry, run your hand across the surface of your vehicle. If it feels gritty, it needs to be cleaned again.
5. Protect your paint.
The fresh coat of wax your vehicle had when it left the factory has probably worn away. In fact, vehicle wax wears away every few months. Use a paste or liquid wax to to ensure your paint shines properly and is protected from hazards.
6. Clean out your winter mess.
It’s amazing what your vehicle can acquire over the winter months — jackets, socks, windshield scrapers, bags of salt, hats, gloves and other winter supplies. Check your back seats and the trunk to ensure that all of the gear you don’t need is back in the house.
7. Check under the hood.
Pop your vehicle’s hood, wipe down the edges and remove and dirt, debris or leaves.
8. Clean the glass last.
Glass gathers all of the dirt from the other steps of the cleaning process, so it’s best to clean it last. Use a quality glass cleaner without ammonia and be sure to buff the glass with a microfiber cloth.
9. Replace your wipers.
Winters can be extremely harsh on your windshield wipers. Make sure your wipers are in proper working condition and replace them if they’re not.
10. Consider maintenance.
One of the best things you can do for your vehicle after a long winter is bring to our carefully trained mechanics here at Classic Chevrolet. Get your vehicle back in top working condition with an oil change, engine tune up, new tires, brakes or one of our many other services.
If you are in the market for an SUV that is spacious and gets good gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model’s features.
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features power lumbar and height adjuster for the driver’s seat, reclining rear seat, a front center console with covered storage, a rear center armrest with dual cup holders, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a comfort grip steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control, Driver Information Center, express down windows, power programmable door locks, lockout protection, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, panic alarm and air conditioning.
Additional features include cup holders in the front center console, bottle holders in the doors, illuminated vanity mirrors, map pockets and theater dimming lighting.
Safety and Security Features
The 2018 Equinox features a rear vision camera, an engine immobilizer, an anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, four-wheel ABS brakes, brake assist, hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, dual stage front airbags with a passenger-sensing system, seat-mounted airbags and head curtain airbags.
Additional features include daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, rear child security door locks, variably intermittent wipers, a rear variably intermittent wiper, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.
You’ll find plenty in the way of entertainment features on the Equinox including four auxiliary power outlets throughout the vehicle, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in hotspot trial, 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM radio, MP3 decoder, a radio data system, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, six speakers and a USB port.
Engine and Transmission
The Chevrolet Equinox features a 2.4-liter engine with spark ignition direct ignition and variable valve timing. The engine makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. The engine is backed b a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
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Before you head out on a road trip, be sure to bring your vehicle in to Classic Chevrolet to have it checked out. If it’s near time for service, have it serviced before you leave instead of bringing it in when you get back – you’ll feel better about knowing that everything has been checked and that your vehicle is ready for a road trip.
You’ll also need to pack the necessities for your road trip – and these are not the things you’ll be using every day. These are things you may need in the event of an emergency. If you already have an emergency kit, be sure to rotate the food and water in the kit so you have fresh for the road trip.
Food and Water
Even in the warm months, you need an emergency kit that will sustain you and protect you from the elements should you get stranded. Each person should have a couple liters of water and enough high-energy food for at least one meal for two to three days. You may use high-energy bars, peanut butter and jelly, peanuts, nuts and other foods that store well. Chocolate is a great high-energy food; however, it melts too easily.
First Aid and Safety
Make sure you have an extensive first aid kit that includes several sizes of bandages, gauze, tape, a needle and thread, antibacterial cream, eye wash, tweezers, cleaning solution for cuts, alcohol pads and more. The smaller kits that are available do not have nearly enough in them for just one person, never mind a whole family.
You should also have at least one flashlight, extra batteries, a flare gun and reflective triangles especially if you will be traveling in a remote area. Never rely on your cell phone – you may get stranded in an area that has no service.
Pack an extra change of clothing plus a blanket for everyone. Even summer nights could get cool in some parts of the country. The extra clothing comes in handy if you get stranded on your way home and everything else is dirty or if you get stranded on the way to your destination – you won’t have to look for a washing machine.
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It’s springtime and that means the official start of grilling season as far as we’re concerned. Fire up the grill and prepare your favorite recipes. If you want to truly inaugurate the season, however, it’s got to be with prime rib.
Grilled Prime Rib
What you’ll need:
- 3 prime rib steaks (each roughly 2.5 pounds and 2-inches thick)
- Salt and pepper
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
- 2 heads garlic cloves (peeled)
- 2 lemons
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- Preheat the grill and remove the steaks from the refrigerator. Allow the steaks to reach room temperature.
- Season the steaks heavily on both sides with salt and pepper. Press the seasonings into the steaks.
- Make a garlic paste by trimming the stems off of the cloves. Place a skillet on medium heat and add 4 tablespoons oil. Add the garlic and simmer before reducing the heat to low. Strip the leaves off of the rosemary sprigs and chop them until you have 2 tablespoons.
- Add the rosemary to the garlic and continue cooking until the garlic cloves are golden brown (roughly 10 minutes). Toss occasionally.
- Remove the garlic and mash it into a paste. Mix the mashed garlic back together with the oil and rosemary.
- Place the steaks on the preheated grill and cook until they’re browned on both sides. This should take about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the other.
- Cut two lemons in half, then cut the ends off. Brush them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Place the lemons on the grill.
- Smear 2 tablespoons of paste over one side of each steak. Move the steaks to the grill rack.
- Allow the steaks to finish cooking on the cool side of the grill with the lid closed for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and let them rest for 10 minutes. Cut each steak into 1-inch slices and serve.
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Unlimited data plans are pretty popular lately, and most competitive wireless carriers offer some version of it. Chevy has joined the fray, partnering with AT&T to offer a new unlimited version of its OnStar hotspot data plan.
For just $20 a month, Chevy owners can get unlimited data through their vehicle’s WiFi hotspot, which is a pretty good price compared to some limited data plans out on the market. If you’re already an AT&T customer, you can simply add the Chevy unlimited plan onto your regular bill. The in-car hotspot can be used by up to 10 WiFi devices at once. Ten devices and unlimited data equals a lot of value.
Not only do you get unlimited data, but you get high-speed 4G as well. While some plans throttle data after a certain amount of GBs, neither AT&T or OnStar mention any such limitations.
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Texas comes to life each spring with fields full of wildflowers, though no wildflower is quite as beloved as the bluebonnet. For good reason too: not only is it Texas’s official state flower, but that deep blue color just can’t be beat. Though bluebonnet fields are inconsistently located year to year, there are certain areas and parks that you can rely upon to have the famous flowers.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend is a great place to visit anyway if you want natural beauty, but the bluebonnets in spring add that extra incentive. The fields there aren’t quite as fulsome as they are in east and central Texas, but the park is worth the visit in any case.
Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area
The Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area is located just northwest of Austin along the Colorado River near Spicewood. It’s a great place for finding bluebonnets and has consistently crowded wildflower fields. Located very close by is another good bluebonnet site, Highway 281 outside of Marble Falls, which is just a bit further northwest than Muleshoe Bend.
Just south of Dallas, Ennis is one of the best bluebonnet growing areas in the state. The area is so consistent with bluebonnets that they even have permanent trails specially laid out for viewing bluebonnets. These trails are in their prime during April, so go check them out.
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