Fall is here and though it hasn’t cooled off in DFW yet, it will sooner or later. Not to mention that you may need to travel out of town to colder climes. This means that you ought to give you car or truck a good once over and make sure that it’s all ship-shape for whatever the season has to throw at you.
1. Check Your Filters
Check the oil, gas and air filters. Don’t forget the cabin air filter. Your vehicle may require a different weight oil, so when you bring it in for the oil change, remind your service adviser that you need the oil weight for winter, especially if you will be traveling where it gets super cold.
2. Don’t Forget Your Brakes and Tires
It is important that brakes and tires – and the braking system – is up to par during the fall and winter months. Your tires should have plenty of tread on them in the event it snows earlier than you expect. Make sure the entire braking system is working properly. If the ABS light is on, be sure to have the ABS system checked.
3. Belts and Hoses are Important too.
Have the hoses checked for leaks and make sure they aren’t dry rotted. When it’s time to turn the heat on, you want it to work, especially if you are trying to melt the frost off the window. Belts are also important and need to be checked for wear and to see if they are dry rotted. Your vehicle may have a serpentine belt, V-belts or a combination of both. The belts run the air conditioning, alternator, power steering and the water pump. In some cases, the timing belt runs the water pump; if it is time to change the timing belt, have your service technician change the water pump – it’s the same amount of labor to get to either part.
4. Replace the Wiper Blades
Make sure that your wiper blades are fresh. Besides the rainy season in the spring, late fall and winter are the times when you want your wiper blades at their best. You need to be able to see at all times if the weather takes a turn for the worst.
5. Check the Lights
Speaking of being able to see, make sure that all of your lights are working properly, both for your safety and the safety of the cars around you. When visibility gets bad, accidents tend to happen if you can’t see or be seen.
6. Make sure the Defroster Works
Besides being an inconvenience in the morning when you just want to get going but have to wait on the ice on your windshield to melt, you also don’t want it to impede your vision while you drive, which can occasionally happen.
7. Have the Battery Tested
Take your vehicle by a service shop and have the battery tested. If it’s on its way out, don’t hesitate in replacing it. A busted battery at the wrong time can be extremely inconvenient, and if it’s cold outside, extremely uncomfortable while you wait for help on the side of the road.
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Visit Classic Chevy before the weather turns and make sure that your car is in good shape. Or, just replace your old car with a new one from Classic Chevrolet. That way you know that you’re good!
If you drive a car, at some point, someone has told you to check your tire pressure. Maybe it was your dad, or your Classic Chevrolet mechanic, or your car itself, but it seems like someone is always singing the praises of the tire pressure check. There’s good reason for people to encourage you to keep an eye on your tires–they are instrumental to your safety and fuel efficiency.
Under-inflated tires can change the way your car handles. Particularly with an under inflated front tire, your car may pull to one side or the other, forcing you to overcompensate in your steering and increasing the chance f an accident. Under inflated tires are also more likely to have a blowout. A blowout at low speeds is a costly annoyance. At high speeds, a blown tire could cause you to lose control of your vehicle, endangering yourself and everyone else on the road at the time.
In addition to putting you in danger, an under inflated tire can cost you money. According to fueleconomy.gov , your fuel economy suffers to the tune of .3 percent for every PSI that a tire is under-inflated.This means that if each tire is down three PSI, you could be wasting over three percent of your gas.
Checking your tire pressure is not really that difficult. If you have a newer car, it may actually monitor your tire pressure and display it on your dashboard! Failing that, you can buy a tire gauge at any store that sells auto parts and accessories. The easiest to use is the digital one, but even the manual one is not too complicated. You just basically unscrew the cap from the valve stem on your tire (don’t lose it!) and put the circular end of the gauge on it. You will hear what sounds like a lot of air escaping but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Just push the gauge onto the valve stem as tightly as you can and you should hear the “hissing” stop and you should be able to read your tire pressure on the gauge.
Of course, if you don’t want to check the pressure on your tires yourself, you can get them checked when you come in for an oil change. And of course, if you bought your car from Classic Chevy, we’ll always be happy to check your tires for you.
April is National Car Care Month, and that means it’s time to give your vehicle some much-needed attention. These seven awesome car care tips are all you need to make your vehicle look like it was cleaned and maintained by the pros.
1. Regular fluid checks and scheduled oil changes can be the difference between your vehicle driving for 75,000 miles or 300,000. Use high-end oils, brake fluid and grease to ensure your tried and true vehicle stays on the road longer.
2. Flush your cooling system and change your vehicle’s coolant once a year. Use a 50/50 mix of coolant and water to keep your cooling system running properly and to prevent corrosion.
3. Keep your vehicle clean. Washing the exterior of your vehicle does more than make it look good. Always hose away road grime and salt on all sides of your vehicle, especially the underside.
4. Apply a quality coat of wax at least once every six months. Wax protects the exterior of your vehicle from wear and tear and ensure that your paint maintains its like-new glow longer.
5. Park in the shade whenever possible. It sounds so simple, but parking in the shade can prolong the life of your vehicle in many ways. Your vehicle’s interior plastics and vinyl will benefit from UV protectant solutions, and you’ll avoid costly repairs.
6. Use non-acid-based cleaners on your tires. The professionals often use mixed acid solutions to clear away grime on tires. However, it’s best that amateur do-it-yourselfers use non-acid-based cleaners to avoid pitting and oxidizing on bare alloy wheels.
7. Always wash your vehicle by hand. Pulling through an automatic car wash is easy, but your vehicle will never be as clean as when you do it yourself. Use a car wash solution and sponge to get a deep clean that won’t harm your vehicle’s paint.
Don’t forget that you can always bring your vehicle to our experts here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. We’ll help prolong the life of your vehicle with scheduled maintenance, body work and more.
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.
Part of keeping your vehicle in great running condition is ensuring that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance, including oil changes. Changing the oil in your vehicle is one of the most important maintenance items you do for your vehicle.
Engine oil gets dirty – very dirty. Eventually, the oil will get so thick that it won’t drain back into the oil pan, nor will it get into the heads where it is needed. Over time, the oil also breaks down to create more sludge. When it gets this bad you could cause engine failure because the pertinent parts won’t get the oil needed to keep metal from rubbing metal. And, on top of that, it can start building up in the heads, which causes the engine to work harder and use more gas.
Operating Temperatures and Friction
Oil contains ingredients that reduce friction. The more friction in an engine, the hotter the operating temperatures and the more wear you’ll put on the internal engine components. It also makes the engine run warmer, thus taxing the cooling system.
And, when the engine runs hotter, that means the sensors are going to try to adjust the fuel mixture to lean the mixture out to cool the engine. In some circumstances, this could damage the engine. Changing the oil at the recommended times keeps the friction and crud in the engine at a minimum; and you’ll have a smoother-running vehicle that will serve you for many miles.
When You Should Change the Oil
Consult your owner’s manual to see when you should change the oil as it varies depending on the vehicle you are driving and on your driving habits. If you often drive in the mountains, sit in traffic for long periods of time or frequently tow heavy loads, you may have to change your oil sooner rather than later. If your commute is easy on the vehicle, you might be able to go up to 7,000 miles between oil changes, depending on your vehicle and the manufacturer’s recommendations.
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Call our service department at Classic Chevrolet to make an appointment to have your oil changed and for any other maintenance the manufacturer recommends.
Whether you just bought a new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet or you have a Chevy that is a few years old, you’ll still need to get your vehicle ready for fall. You could get snow in late fall, so you should also think about getting your vehicle ready for some winter weather, too.
Be sure to wash and wax your Chevy while it’s still nice. Washing the vehicle removes any dirt, grime and bugs that can eat through the paint. Putting a fresh coat of wax on your Chevy protects the paint through the rest of the fall season and the winter season.
Prepping the interior is just as important as the exterior, especially the carpets. Give the inside a good vacuuming. The fall and winter seasons will add more dirt and mud to the carpets and it’ll be difficult to get out if it builds up too much. And, even though the sun won’t seem as hot, it’s UV rays are just as damaging, so have the inside detailed and give the materials a coating of the appropriate protection, whether it’s vinyl, leather or plastic. And, remember to use the sun shields in the windshield.
Mechanical care is just as important that caring for the paint and interior materials. Have your service technician check your vehicle’s brakes, belts, hoses, tires and fluids. If something is leaking or worn out, it’s best to replace it now lest it leave you stranded in a snowstorm. Even if it’s not time for the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance interval, it’s a good idea to have your vehicle checked thoroughly.
Since it’s still warm, most people won’t think of this – but check the heater. If it’s not working like it was last year, you won’t be able to get your windows defrosted easily; and you’ll be stuck commuting in a freezing car. Be sure to check that all of the vents including the defroster works; and that the temperature and fan speeds work.
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Call our service department at Classic Chevy to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle checked and, if necessary, repaired for the fall and winter months.
Getting your vehicle serviced is something that must be done if you want it to last a long time. In some cases, people skip over service appointments because they are afraid of the cost or simply don’t have the extra money at the time. You can reduce some of the cost of service by taking advantage of our service specials at Classic Chevrolet.
Oil Change, Tire Rotation and Inspection
Keeping your oil changed is just as important as doing an inspection on your vehicle. When you have an inspection done each time you have the vehicle’s oil changed, you can find things that are worn to the point where they might leave you stranded.
Get a 5-quart oil change, 4-tire rotation and a 27-point inspection for just $34.95 with conventional oil or $39.95 with Dexos1. These prices exclude full synthetic and diesel engines. Tax and more than 5 quarts of oil are extra. Other restrictions may apply. This special expires December 31, 2015.
ACDelco Professional DuraStop Brake Pads
For just $99.95 per axle, get ACDelco Professional DuraStop brake pads installed and have the rotors inspected. If the rotors need to be turned or replaced, that is extra, as is tax and all other services. This prices excludes Corvettes and other select vehicles. This offer ends December 31, 2015.
30-Day Tire Price Guarantee
If you buy select tires from us and find a better price on the same tires within 30 days of purchase, we will refund the difference. Eligible brands include BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Michelin, Pirelli and Uniroyal. You’ll have to bring the store’s ad, a written estimate or an Internet quote in for the identical tires from one of our competitors. This offer ends on March 31, 2015.
Limited Lifetime Parts Warranty
Our Limited Lifetime Parts Warranty is available for select auto parts from your Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealer. As long as the parts are dealer-installed, the Limited Lifetime Part Warranty will cover the cost of the new part. The part must be customer paid; and the warranty does not cover labor for the replacement part.
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Call our service department at Classic Chevy to set up a service appointment and to learn more about restrictions on specials for certain vehicles.
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Winterizing your vehicle is something that is usually done before the first cold snap – or just after, if the first cold snap takes you by surprise. However, if you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, you should have it done now instead of taking chances of breaking down or getting stuck in an accident in the snow and cold.
In addition to ensuing your tires are appropriate to the season, be sure to check the tread and air pressure. At a minimum, you should have all-season tires. You should have plenty of tread so you’ll have better traction in the rain and snow. Air pressure is important, too – too much or too little air will reduce traction, making it easier to spin out.
Most vehicles have ABS and driveline traction control and ABS brakes. If your ABS light is on, call Classic Chevrolet for an appointment to repair the ABS system. In addition to ensuring that the computer systems are working properly, including the sensors, make sure the brake pads and rotors have enough meat on them for ultimate stopping power. Grooved rotors and thin brake pads could cause the brakes to give out at any time.
Fluids and Fuel
Always check and top off the fluids. When topping off the coolant, be sure to use the appropriate antifreeze. If you use just water, you’ll dilute the mixture and eventually will have more water than antifreeze – and that could cause your engine block could freeze.
It’s always a good idea to keep your fuel tank filled up when the temperature drops below freezing. If you do get stuck in a storm you’ll have a full tank and a better chance of keeping warm until help can get to you.
While it is important to keep all fluids filled, one of more important fluids is your vehicle’s wiper fluid. Don’t use just water – use the fluid from the auto parts store as it has antifreeze in it. If it’s slushy out or raining, snow, ice, mud and crud can hinder your view. A full tank of washer fluid allows you to see clearly.
Make sure you have a winter emergency kit available. This means that you have the typical items such as a first aid kit and flares, plus you have extra blankets, hats, gloves, extra batteries and matches at a minimum. High energy food and bottles of water should be in your kit, too.
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Visit Classic Chevy today to have your vehicle maintained and winterized if you have not done it yet. Be sure you have the supplies to help you survive and keep warm should you get stuck in a storm.
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Following the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals is integral to the reliability of your vehicle. At Classic Chevrolet, we want to ensure that your Chevrolet lasts as long as possible, thus we make getting a service appointment easy. You can call or schedule online.
Making Service Convenient
We also understand that being without a vehicle is inconvenient at best, so we strive to get your vehicle back on the road as soon as possible, all while providing professional, courteous and hassle-free service.
Experienced Technicians and Newest Equipment
Our experienced service technicians work with the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment so that we can find out what is wrong faster. Using the most recent equipment also leaves room for less error during the diagnostic process. Whether that equipment is a computer to diagnose the transmission computers, ABS computers, fuel system computers or an alignment rack, our service technicians are trained to use it to quickly and properly diagnose the problem with your vehicle.
Furthermore, we host an Enterprise Rental office so that you can have a rental at your disposal. Instead of finding a ride to work or to a rental office, you can just stop by to rent a vehicle for the time your Chevrolet is being serviced.
Our Waiting Room and Shuttle
If you need to wait for your vehicle, we provide a lounge with leather seating and refreshments. You could also opt to take our one-way courtesy shuttle to get to work or back home.
Whether you need to have your vehicle maintained pursuant to the manufacturer’s recommended service, have a small repair issue or need an engine, the service department at Classic Chevy has the knowledge and equipment necessary to complete any of these jobs. Stop by to schedule your next service appointment or visit our webpage to schedule online.
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Servicing your Chevy is something that must be done to keep it reliable and to keep the warranty valid. Chevrolet has a maintenance schedule for each model; and this maintenance should be done at the recommended times. Additionally, when something goes wrong with your vehicle, such as squeaky brakes, the engine light comes on, the fluids are low, or any other issue, you should bring your vehicle into Classic Chevrolet for service.
Since we want you to get back on the road as soon as possible, we encourage you to schedule an appointment either by calling our service department or by scheduling it on the website. When you arrive, factory-trained technicians are ready with a smile and the latest diagnostic equipment needed to quickly determine what the problem is.
Regardless of the issue, whether it’s a simple oil change or a complex engine or transmission problem, or even an issue with steering, suspension, brakes or your vehicle’s computer systems, you can rest assured that we are ready to diagnose and perform the repairs.
When you come in for maintenance, we are ready and waiting with the replacement parts you need including the oil filter, air filter, timing belt and the proper fluids for your vehicle. You can either wait in our waiting room or rent a vehicle from Enterprise at the Enterprise Rental office that we host for your convenience.
You can also take advantage of our one-way courtesy shuttle to get you back home or to work – wherever you need to go – if you don’t want to wait in our customer lounge. The customer lounge features refreshments and comfortable leather chairs.
All of our technicians are experts in their field, whether engines, transmissions, steering and suspension, brakes or driveability, so don’t leave your vehicle with anyone but us. If you have upcoming maintenance or if you have an issue with your vehicle, contact our service department at Classic Chevy today for an appointment.