Getting Your Chevy Revved Up for Spring

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Spring is here and that means more work outside – whether you are farming or you are landscaping your yard. Farmers are getting fields ready for planting, those who live in the city are getting ready to spruce up their landscaping, and rural dwellers are getting gardens ready for planting. This means that your vehicle is going to get a work out.

Regardless of the age of your vehicle, it is important to keep up with the maintenance. During regular maintenance our service technicians at Classic Chevy check everything over to try to catch upcoming service so you hopefully won’t be stranded. After all, being stranded on the highway or having your truck down when you need to get to the coop for seed or other gardening supplies can definitely ruin your schedule.

Check our website for service specials. We have specials on oil changes, tire rotation and more. Many parts come with a limited lifetime warranty. That means if it breaks, you don’t pay for the part again.

Important service is sometimes obvious – such as regular oil changes. However, there are some things you may not think about. If you use your truck for towing, especially in excessive heat or in the mountains, the auto manufacturer may recommend having the transmission service sooner rather than later.

Brakes should be checked sooner rather than later if you use your vehicle for towing or are frequently in the mountains. Even if you are not towing an RV in the mountains, you should have your brakes and transmission serviced sooner rather than later as those items work much harder than they would on flat land.

Spring is also a good time to give your vehicle a good detail job. It will get any winter grime off the outside, thus extending the life of the paint job. In the event that you drove in the snow, you most likely have salt buildup under the vehicle and salt splatters on the body. Since salt is detrimental to metal and paint, you can keep your vehicle looking new by removing the winter grime.

You can call our service department at Classic Chevrolet to schedule an appointment or you can schedule a service appointment through our website.

Maintaining Your Chevy this Winter

Maintaining your Chevy from Classic Chevrolet is important at any time, but winter maintenance is more important. Most of the winter maintenance you need to worry about is for the cooling system and tires, though you should not let these things overshadow other maintenance.

Tires: Before the first snow, check the tires. You should have all-season tires or mud and snow tires for the winter. If you don’t, it’s probably a good idea to get some now. The tires should have excellent tread. If the tread is the same height as the wear bars, you might as well be driving with ice skates instead of tires. If the tread is worn, replace the tires as soon as possible. Worn tires are dangerous any time, but more so in the winter if there is snow on the ground.

Furthermore, check for uneven wear – this could be caused by an alignment problem or suspension problem. It could also be caused due to wrong air pressure in the tires. If only the center is worn, the air pressure is too high. Release some air until the pressure is as recommended by the information on the tire. If both sides of the tire are wearing evenly, but the center is not worn, the air pressure is too low.

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Chevrolet Silverado – with proper winter maintenance your vehicle will last longer.

If only one side of a tire is wearing, the problem is most likely in the alignment. Have the wheels aligned, and then switch the worn tires to the non-drive wheels. If your vehicle is front wheel drive, move the problem tires to the rear. If the vehicle is rear wheel drive, move the tires to the front wheels. If the tire is worn too much on one side, you may have to replace it.

Cooling System: You’ll find several types of antifreeze on the market. Always use the type recommended by Chevrolet. If the antifreeze is long lasting, you should flush the cooling system every five years or as recommended by your maintenance schedule. If you put another type of antifreeze in your vehicle, it may need to be changed as early as every three years. Ask the service department to put the Chevrolet-recommended antifreeze in when it flushes the cooling system.

If you are unsure of any maintenance required to drive safely or protect your vehicle during the winter, make an appointment with the service department at Classic Chevrolet to have everything checked.

May Specials

As a leading Chevy dealer, we’re committed to keeping all of our clients happy, from sales to service and beyond. This month, we’re taking the pain out of your collision repair with a quartet of specials designed just for our collision repair clients:

Paintless Dent Repair· The deal: When you have $500 or more of collision repairs performed in our state-of-the-art body shop, we’ll give you $100 of paintless dent repair for your door dings for free. Everybody’s been the victim of parking lot perils: careless drivers who throw their doors open without looking first and runaway shopping carts that are drawn to your car like a magnet. This monthly body shop special will take away those little door dings that are making your car look older and more beat up than it really is. Think of it as a Botox treatment for your car.

· The deal: Another bonus for customers with $500 or more in collision repairs – we’ll give you a free interior detail to make the inside of your car look as good as the outside. Fast food residue, sneaker scuff marks, rubbed-in mud, dead bug bodies and a whole lot of dust and dirt. The inside of every car is subject to a lot of occupant abuse, and over time, it can take its toll on the way your interior looks and feels. While your car is in for body shop repair, let us treat you to a free interior detail to get rid of all that grime.

· The deal: They say beauty is only skin deep, so when you have $500 or more in collision repairs this month, let us treat what’s under the hood, too, with this free lube, oil and filter special. Especially with the hot summer season rapidly closing in, having your fluids changed is critical to keeping your car running well. With this lube, oil and filter freebie special, your car will get a lube treatment, a brand new oil filter and up to six quarts of oil, and we’ll even check the fluids and top them off.

Enterprise· The deal: Get a free $75 upgrade on your Enterprise rental when your car gets $500 or more in collision repairs at our body shop. You take pride in what you drive, so why not take pride in your rental? With a free upgrade of up to $75, you can drive in style even while your car is in the shop. Just present the coupon to the service advisor and we’ll do the rest.

We value every one of our customers and offering the highest level of service is just one way we let you relax and enjoy the difference. Visit our site often to keep an eye on our monthly specials and find out what else is happening at your DFW Chevy Dealer and in the community.

How to Get Stains Out of Your New or Pre-Owned Chevrolet

If you or one of your regular car passengers is a known “spiller”, then I’ll bet you probably have a stain or two on the cloth seats in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet. I will freely admit I have several. There’s the huge one on my passenger seat from the time I knocked my Jamba Juice over while vacuuming out my car, and then just last week, I was taking back a rug doctor and the left over water leaked all over my back seat.

Whether it’s from coffee, greasy food, or a Jamba Juice, stains are definitely not desirable in our vehicles. While some of you may have the luxury of having your seats professionally steamed and cleaned, there are some home remedies we can use to try and get these stains out on our own.

For starters, you should vacuum out the seats regardless of the origin of the stain. Getting the dirt out of the way will help immensely since dirt tends to trap stains. As I mentioned above, I actually happened to create a stain while vacuuming out my car. Luckily, I was able to immediately pick up most of it with the vacuum. Let’s examine two of the most common stains and how to clean them up.

Greasy Food Stains.

To clean up a stain from greasy food, mix a teaspoon of Dawn, or any other dishwashing soap,  with a cup of warm water. Grab a clean cloth, dip it into the mixture, and then blot the stain. After that, take a second cloth,  dip it into a bucket of clean water, and blot away the soap mixture. You may have to repeat this several times.

Coffee Spills.

The best way to get a coffee stain out is to saturate it with clean cool water. Let the water dry completely, the soak the remaining stain with glass cleaner. Leave it alone for about five minutes, then blot the cleaner dry with a clean white cloth.

These methods can also work on other types of stains. As with most stain-removing cleaners, you should test it out on a small section first. So any of you with stains out there, give these methods a try and get your new or pre-owned Chevrolet looking amazing again. Happy cleaning,  Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine!

[Source: ehow.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Keep Those Chevrolet Tires Cool in the Final Days of Summer

Summer is almost over in Grapevine, Dallas and Ft Worth. While I wouldn’t say it’s been the worst summer we’ve ever had, the nation as a whole has seen record heat levels.

What a lot of people don’t know or don’t think about is the fact that high temperatures take a toll on more than just ourselves and our electric bills… it also takes a toll on our new and used Chevrolets. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about the dangers heat can propose to your vehicle, but today I’m going to focus on the tires alone.

ConsumerReports.org says that hot weather exacerbates heat build-up and actually weakens your tires which can potentially lead to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failure. On a hot 90-degree day at our track, surface temperatures easily exceed 150-degrees. And let’s be honest, a 90-degree-day in the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex is a walk in the park compared to what we are used to, so think about what our tires are experiencing while we are cruising around in the cool a/c.

So what should we do to help prevent tire failure as much as possible? The answers are actually pretty simple. Check out these tips from consumer reports below:

  • Check the inflation pressure in each tire (and the spare) when the tires are cold or have sat more than three hours.
  • Inflate the tires to the recommended setting outlined on the tire information placard found most often on the driver’s door jamb and/or the vehicle owner’s manual.
  • Check the tires monthly. Tires will typically lose up to 1 psi per month, and pressure drops about 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in air temperature.
  • Buy a good tire gauge. It’s also a good idea to buy a portable compressor that works off of your car’s power outlet; these are available in many auto parts stores.
  • Tires also lose air to common punctures, so if you find you’re always adding air to one particular tire, it might have a slow leak. Have it checked out at a service garage.

The summer is almost over, DFW Chevy owners. So let’s make sure we do everything we can to give the tires on our new and used Chevrolets a smooth transition into the fall. Safe travels!

[Source: ConsumerReports.org]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

The FAQs of Getting Your Chevrolet Inspected in Texas

If you are a new car owner, or are maybe getting your new or pre-owned Chevrolet inspected in Texas for the first time, I’m willing to bet you might have a few questions. The reason I’m willing to bet on that is because I myself had similar questions the first time my Chevy was up for an inspection. So I thought it’d be wise to share a little info on the Texas Vehicle Inspection requirements.

New Vehicles

If you’ve recently purchased or leased a new Chevrolet in Grapevine or the DFW metroplex, you aren’t going to have to worry about an inspection for two years. Passenger cars or light trucks are eligible for a two-year inspection period if they meet the following criteria :

  1. The vehicle was sold in this state
  2. The vehicle has not been previously registered in this or another state
  3. On the date of sale is of the current or preceding model year.

If your Chevy doesn’t meet the above requirements, then you’ll be looking at an inspection every year which leads us to my next topic – the grace period.

The Grace Period

If you look at your current inspection sticker, you’ll see two numbers – one for the month and one for the year.An inspection certificate expires on the last day of the month that is indicated on the that sticker. However, there is a five day grace period for us to get our new ones their inspection sticker.  So, let’s say your sticker expires this month. You have until September 5 to get your new sticker before you are at risk of being pulled over and ticketed.

I’m not sure if this is still the case (because I haven’t had to get an inspection in quite some time),but it used to be that Texas would change the color of the sticker each year. I can only assume this is to make it easier for police officers to notice that a vehicle does not have a current inspection sticker. I’ll never forget driving to school one morning – many years ago – with a friend whose inspection had been expired for some odd eight months or so. It was green, which was not the current color obviously. Of course, we were pulled over that morning and the officer said he noticed the inspection was expired because of the color. Point of the story I guess is to just get the inspection done. There’s no need to risk being pulled over and ticketed.

Failing an Inspection

Sometimes, you might fail an inspection. All you have to do is get the failing item replaced or repaired. The good news? If you take back to the place that originally performed the inspection within 15 days, they will re-test your vehicle for free.  But don’t forget… it has to be within 15 days.

Replacement Stickers

Since we live in a county that requires emmissions testing (almost all surround Dallas Ft Worth counties require this), you can get a replacement sticker for a reduced fee from a DPS challenge/waiver station. You may want to give them a call to make an appointment and to obtain further details on obtaining your replacement. Of course, you could always just go and have your Chevrolet re-inspected. It’s up to you.

So there you have it, Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine Chevrolet owners. The FAQ’s of Texas Vehicle Inspection. The next time you hop in your Chevy, be sure to look at your sticker. If you’re due to expire soon, get a move on!

[Source: Texas Department of Public Safety]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Things to Do Before You Hit the Road This Summer

Ahhh the summer. For most of us, this is the time we take those vacations we’ve been planning all year long. I don’t know about you, but I just love hitting the road with the windows down and feeling that summer air (in the early morning of course when the temperatures aren’t unbearable).

If you’re planning a trip in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet with friends or family this summer, it’s a good idea to check a few things before you head out of the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex. 

For starters, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. When is the last time you checked your refrigerant? Long roads trips quickly become miserable with no air condition especially during this time of year.
  2. How are your fluid levels looking? Check the wiper,transmission and brake fluid levels.
  3. When was your last oil change? Check your windshield for a sticker that lists the mileage of your last oil change. If it was more than 3,000 miles ago, I’d recommend a change. If you aren’t sure how long it’s been and there isn’t a sticker to tell you, then you definitely need to bring your car or truck in to the Classic Chevrolet service department and let them take a look for you.
  4. How’s that glove box looking? Do you have all of your documents up to date?

Now that we’ve made it through that list, here are a few other important things to check on:

  • Double-check the air pressure in all your tires,including the spare. Long hours of pounding the pavement are hard on tires,so check each tire’s tread for wear.
  • Check the antifreeze hoses,and make sure you don’t need to top off the coolant.
  • Make sure your headlights,turn signals,back-up lights are working. Did you know that extra weight in the rear of your car or truck can cause your headlights to shine higher than normal,potentially blinding other drivers momentarily?
  • Adding on to the previous item,make sure items you’ll need at a rest stop are easy to find. Avoid packing a lot more weight on one side of the car than the other.

Once you get on the road, you definitely don’t want to run into any car-related issues. It’s a terrible way to start or finish a trip. As always, the Classic Chevrolet dealership is more than happy to help you check off the above lists.

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Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Chevy Fuel Economy Engineers Say Sweating the Small Stuff Could Save $100 a Month in Fuel Costs

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In these times of extremely high gasoline prices, consumers and automakers are constantly looking for ways to improve their fuel economy. Earlier this month, Chevrolet released the results of a study they conducted which showed that sweating the small stuff could actually save Chevrolet drivers up to $100 a month in fuel costs.

Two of General Motors fuel economy engineers,  Ann Wenzlick and Beth Nunning,  drove identical Chevrolet Cruze LTs with an EPA estimated at 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, on a typical workday commute. They drove both cars for 20 minutes, including city and highway driving, as well as stopping for coffee.

The results?  Wenzlick averaged 37 miles per gallon using efficient driving habits in a properly maintained Cruze. Driving inefficiently and ignoring common maintenance, Nunning managed only 21 miles per gallon. The difference means Nunning would get 250 fewer miles per tank of gas, while Wenzlick would save $100 a month – or $1,200 a year – assuming 15,000 miles and $4 a gallon for gas:

Roger Clark, manager of the GM Energy Center, said “The fuel economy of every vehicle is greatly affected by how you drive, and how you care for your vehicle. Often, relatively small changes to your driving habits and vehicle maintenance can make the difference between being on the bottom, or the top, of the fuel-economy scale.”

Check out five of the things Ann Wenzlick did to drive more efficiently in her Cruze:

  1. Get out of the drive-through lane.
    “While Beth waited in the drive-thru with her car running, I shut off the engine and went inside for my morning coffee. Idling for 15 minutes burns through an average of a quarter of a gallon – adding another $1 to the cost of your latte.”
  2. Take it easy
    “In the city, I accelerated smoothly while Beth demonstrated one of the most common mistakes we see on the road: Jumping on the gas at every light, only to hit the brakes as she caught up with the traffic ahead. Such aggressive driving isn’t going to get you home any faster, while driving smoothly can improve your mileage by 20 percent.”
  3. Driving 70, not 80.
    “On the highway, I drove 70, compared to Beth’s 80. Again, a 10-mph difference likely won’t add much time to your daily commute, but it will save you up to four miles per gallon on the highway.”
  4. Use cruise control
    “I tried to maintain a constant speed during our drive, while Beth’s fluctuated with traffic. Try using cruise control when possible, and maintaining a constant speed over time, which is much more efficient than speeding up and slowing down over and over again.”
  5. Roll up the windows
    “One of the most common questions we get is ‘Is it better to drive with the A/C on, or off?’ At slower speeds, turning off the air conditioning can save you a little, but I always roll up the windows on the highway. Beth was driving with her windows down, and the increased air pressure acted like a parachute trying to slow her down – consuming much more energy than air conditioning ever will.”

I’m sure you’ve all heard some of these tips before, but now you have proof that it really does make a difference. Next time you head out in your new or used Chevrolet, remember these five things above.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

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Keep Your New or Used Chevy Cool During the Hot DFW Summer

Summer is approaching quickly. Some might even argue that it’s already here given the fact that we are seeing temps in the 90s already in Dallas Ft Worth. I can’t believe I’m already having to find ways to keep cool, and it’s only May!

Keeping ourselves cool is not the only thing we have to worry about when it comes to the summer months, though. There are also several things we can do to help protect our cars in this heat. Gastorf-Schrumpf Motors suggests the following:

1. Check the coolant.  Obviously the level of the coolant is important, but so is the strength of the coolant.  Before you check the coolant, make sure that the radiator is cool.  Water and antifreeze are both needed in the summer – antifreeze raises the boiling temperature of the coolant and protects against corrosion.

2. Tire Pressure.  Tire can create heat and can expand and create air pressure.  This can cause tires to become hard and more likely to blow out.  Remember to check tire pressure when the tires are cool.

3. Clean Filters.  It is important to make sure that the air filter is clean.  Also check the filter in the air conditioner and cabin to keep air flowing properly.

4. Belts and Hoses.  Keep an eye on belts and hoses on older cars.  Check your records to see just how old they are, but also visually inspect them too.  Refer to your owner’s manual or contact your mechanic if you are not sure if they should be replaced.

5. Wax your car or truck.  Waxing provides a shield for the paint from the ultraviolet rays from the sun, and summer smog in urban areas.

Hopefully these tips will help keep your new or used Chevrolet in tip-top shape this summer.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Spring Car Tips for Your New or Used Chevrolet: Maintenance Checks

Since we’ve had such a short winter in the DFW, Spring has come on fast. As with any changing season, it’s important to give your new or used Chevrolet a thorough inspection. We’ve already discussed the tires on your car or truck, so now let’s talk about a few other things we’ll need to inspect starting with the windshield wipers.

While we didn’t experience much snow this winter, we are definitely getting our fill of rain this Spring. That being said, it’s extremely important to have windshield wipers in good, working condition. If they’re leaving streaks or missing parts of the windshield, it’s probably time for new blades. According to ConsmerReports.org, most blades are ready for replacement after just six months, so  be sure to check on them before the next batch of rain hits us.

While we’re looking at the wiper blades, lets go ahead and pop that hood. Is it looking a little dirty? Whether you answer was yes or no, a quick and easy clean can only do your engine good. ConsmerReports.org suggests cleaning engine parts with plain soap and water or with a commercial degreasing product like Gunk. Remember though, there are several things you need to avoid getting wet. Click here to check out our post on the proper way to clean your Chevrolet.

You should also take this time to check on the battery terminals. Look for corrosion on the battery and on the terminals. Just like the rest of the engine, it’s a good idea to clean the terminals even if you don’t see corrosion. If you need help with this, check out our post on Corroded Battery Terminals.

As always, you can give Classic Chevrolet dealership a call if you need help with any of this maintenance checks.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.