Check Out These Crazy License Plates!! What Would You Want On Yours?

Personalized license plates are cool! A lot of people think to themselves that when they get a car they want an awesome license plate that’s personalized. In Texas you can get a license plate that had decals on it for Texas Christian University, University of Texas, Dallas Cowboys, things like I love Texas, I’m a blood donor etc. you can also get your license plates personalized with your choice of numbers and letters like the plate shown above. The question is: what’s the coolest or craziest one you’ve ever seen and more importantly what would you want on yours?

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Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Power Sunroof Problems In Your New Car or Truck?

I know that sometimes things can happen. Tires go bald, radios short out, etc. It can be frustrating. Why does your power sunroof start acting funny? How do you fix it? What happened!?! It can be maddening. Well thanks to Online Auto Repair for the tips and hints on how to take care of this problem. Sure you can call your local Fort Worth Chevy dealer for help but some of you are do it yourselfers and there is nothing wrong with that at all! 

Many malfunctions in the sunroof system fall into 2 categories that can often be related to each-other. Water leak issues and electrical problems. Sometimes wiring or switch corrosion can be caused by the water leaks. 

A power sunroof can slide the roof panel open or closed. You can also tilt the roof panel up in the back to allow fresh air into the passenger compartment. When driving down the road this can also pull a vacuum and remove stale air from the interior cabin.

In most cases power sunroofs are not that much different than electrically operated power window systems found in most automobiles. Many common parts are shared such as system relays, a master control switch and the motor assembly to perform the movement. 

Note that most power sunroof systems are protected by a circuit breaker instead of a fuse. This is in case the sunroof begins to bind. It protects the motor by opening the circuit breaker. Often when people have power sunroof problems they will begin to look for the fuse when there is actually none. A circuit breaker will reset automatically when it cools down. 

Power sunroof common problems

Often power sunroofs are a popular option that does not get used very often. When this system sits for months or years without being used often components can develop corrosion that may hinder operation when it is finally desired.

Since a sunroof is part of the exterior surface of the vehicle a complete watertight seal is necessary. If this seal fails or the automatic drain becomes clogged with debris and water sits around the components the corrosion mentioned above will be accelerated. For this reason a very common sunroof problem is water sealing and drainage.

Diagnosing power sunroof problems is pretty straightforward. The first thing to check would be the circuit breaker. Next you would want to verify power at the motor connector. In that case you would be working from the load back towards the battery. If there is no power at the motor you can break out a wiring diagram and do some pinpoint checks at the relay and switch.

To read the full article you can see OnlineAutoRepair.com

Have you ever had issues with your power sunroof? How did you fix it? 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Do You Want The Perfect Garage? Check Out These Tips!

This garage is a mess. Horrible. 

You want the perfect garage don’t you? It’s the place where you park your baby. It’s the place where you tinker with your toys. It’s your man cave!! Ladies don’t worry it can be your cave too if you love cars like I know most of you do. 

Here’s the thing. You want a perfect garage? There are some things that can help you on your way. If you want to see all the tips check out Jalopnik, but I will share with you a few of my favorites. My garage is my secret getaway and it’s the place I park my Chevy. So I am proud of it. 

10.) Radiant Heated Floors

Suggested By: Eric Irish

Why You Need It: For those cold winter nights when you’ve almost got that last bolt un-siezed and you’re this close to getting the old part out, keep your feet warm with radiant tile. Heck, why stop in the garage? Get the whole house done while you’re at it!

8.) A Lift

Suggested By: Van Sarockin

Why You Need It: Van Sarockin suggests a lift of the hydraulic nature, but really whether it’s hydraulic or electric, having a lift in your garage is a luxury that truly makes it perfect. It’s often the one thing everyone wishes they had in the garage, but few get to the point of actually installing one.

7.) Live-In Shop Assistant

Suggested By: doug-g

Why You Need It: Need a tool from across the room? Forget to bring the part you needed under the car with you? No problem! With a live-in shop assistant, you can stay working under the car and send your assistant off to grab parts, turn up the stereo, and bandage your hand. Also, they’re good for delivering pizza.

6.) A Fridge

Suggested By: snapoversteer

Why You Need It: Snapoversteer says: “There’s something about a garage that makes it perfectly acceptable to drink a beer at 11:00 a.m.” For as long as mankind has toiled away in the garage, there has been beer there to help the process along. And that beer needs to stay cold, yet close at hand. The garage fridge is the perfect solution.

3.) Dry Erase Walls

Suggested By: stoke

Why You Need It: For when you absolutely need to scribble something down, but don’t want to stop to find a pen and paper, these walls are covered in paint that replicates a dry erase board. Diagram out your whole build, get shopping lists together, and draw on the wall the whole time! It’s all erasable, so when you’re done with that list, get a new one going in its place!

Those were just a few of my favs. What do you have to have in your garage? What’s important to you? If you have any questions or need any help getting your garage together give your Texas Chevy dealer a call. They have some pretty good ideas!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

A Modified Chevy Camaro SS That You Just May Drool Over!

This article was a must share for me. I know most of my readers are Camaro lovers and well who wouldn’t be? This just so happens to be a very good looking modified Camaro. There are tons of pictures of it over on AutomotiveAddicts.com.

Shown is a Chevy Camaro SS that has a set of 22-inch wheels from Vossen, their newest VVS-CV1 Concave Wheels. The new wheels set this Camaro apart from any other. 

Just remember when you are ready to test drive a new Camaro head on over to your Fort Worth Chevy dealer and take a ride of a lifetime! 

Check out the footage of this Camaro in action.

Well? What do you guys think? 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Does Your New 2010 Camaro Have Hydraulics?

The video is kind of slow at first but gets a little more entertaining around the 2:00 minute mark. It’s a beautiful 2010 Camaro on 22″ tires. Not sure what to think about the hydraulics. I’d have to drive with the hydraulics up cause i’d be afraid of losing the bumper going over a speed bump….What do you guys think?

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Could Your New GM Car Or Truck Tell You When You’ve Missed A Speed Limit Sign?

As I am driving down the street I often look down at my speedometer and notice I am going a little fast. I then wonder to myself what the speed limit is on that road anyway! Well check out the newest technology that GM is working on. Do you think this will be helpful or just another distraction while you are trying to drive? Thanks to USAToday.com for this story. Keep an eye on what’s coming to your local Texas Chevy dealer and in no time you may be able to test this new technology out.

As any traffic cop will tell you, it’s the oldest excuse in the world: “Officer, I didn’t see the sign.” Whether true or not, General Motors has a technology on the horizon that could end the excuse — and save some lives.

GM’s Opel unit, along with BMW, is trying out a system in Europe that can read traffic signs and relay the information directly to drivers in the car. It tells drivers the speed limit on any road, and informs them of other warning signs as well, says Jim Federico, GM’s chief of its midsize cars lineup. He talked about as Drive On was trying out the new 2011 Buick Regal, right. Right now, the car is devoid of techno-gimmicks. The sign reader could supply a bit of gee-whiz technology that could captivate buyers.

The system is still being perfected. It’s having trouble reading digital signs. And the kinks are still being worked out. When drivers bring in their cars for service in Europe, the computerized system can be updated with better sign recognition software. It’s coming to the U.S., but just when hasn’t been determined. But when it does, drivers will have the latest speed-limit displayed right in front of them. No more excuses to the cops.

Well…. What do you think?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Would You Want Darth Vader Telling You Where To Go?

There are so many different types and brands of GPS systems out there but the makers of TomTom really out did themselves this time. How genius to have Darth Vader as the voice on your GPS system directing you to your next destination. I think this is awesome! So when you pick up your new or used truck from your Texas Chevy dealer make sure you pick up the navigation system that you either love or the one that doesn’t scare the crud out of you! Ha ha. What do you guys think? Would you like this? Or hate it?

Here’s the story from Consumer Reports:

TomTom portable navigation devices (PNDs) have been known for the ability to customize route guidance with downloadable voices, but this latest addition to the voice catalog takes the concept to a galaxy far, far away. TomTom has introduced the first of four scheduled officially licensed Star Wars voices: Darth Vader.

Available for $12.95, the authentic-sounding voice provides guidance as only a Sith Lord can, complete with references to the Dark Side. To complete the navigator upgrade, there are free Star Wars downloads with start-up screens, sound effects, and car icons.

The next character coming is C-3PO, with Yoda expected to follow in July and Han Solo in August. No word on offering Chewbacca. We imagine that the Yoda voice could be a challenge to interpret, given the big-eared Jedi’s tendency to transpose words.

Check out this hysterical video from TomTom of the recording session with Darth Vader….

Now all they need is to have a voice for Napoleon Dynamite and they will be on a roll. I can just hear it now.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What Cool Equipment Is Most Important In A New Car Or Truck?

Sometimes equipment on your new car or truck can be very important to you. For instance if you have kids maybe you want DVD players to entertain them in the car, or if you’re a commuter you may want XM radio for those trips to school or work. Everyone wants something different. Maybe you want everything available…. What’s most important to you?

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Get Your Car Or Truck Organized Easily!

I have kids so I can sympathize with how difficult it can sometimes be to keep your car organized and clean. I have employees that commute to work and I know sometimes that they eat on the run and the trash can pile up. Well a messy car can be gross, it’s not comfy, it can be embarrassing, it could even possibly damage the resale value.  If you have a lot of junk or other stuff laying around in your car you need to understand that if you come to a sudden stop or are in a car crash, these items can quickly become flying objects that could hurt you or your passengers. They could even become a deterrent to you focusing on the road if things are sliding all over the dashboard or out of the front seat. This is not safe at all.

Here are some tips to getting your car clean and organized.

  • You should start by taking everything out of your car or truck. Including car seats, things in side pockets, glove compartment, trunk, you name it. You need to first analyze everything you have in your car. Immediately throw away anything that does not need to go back in the car like old newspapers, fast food containers or empty sodas. Just remember if you bring a snack or a can of soda, take it out with you when you leave or keep a plastic sack with you in the car and when that sack gets full of trash you dump it out and get a new one. That’s what I do.
  • In your glove compartment, you should place your car manual,and a small pocket flashlight. You should also place your registration and insurance information in your glove compartment so it doesn’t get lost.
  • Keep a box of baby wipes handy for those time when you need to clean up a spill or clean up after eating a meal on the go.
  • Make use of the car’s built-in storage compartments. Side pockets and behind the front seats are good places to store CD’s and maps etc.
  • Vacuum the car regularly, including seats and floor mats, to keep the car looking and feeling neat.
  • If you carry a laptop or other materials back and forth to work everyday you should consider buying something to tie them down in the back seat or trunk so that they don’t become flying objects hurting you or damaging them.

If you have any other tips feel free to email them to me. A clean car or truck can take years off the age of a vehicle.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.