A Chevy Silverado with 510 Horsepower and 504lb-ft of Torque?

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Back in 2009, General Motors announced at the SEMA show that the famed LS9 engine – which was designed to live in the tight confines of the Corvette ZR1 engine bay – would be offered as a crate motor. Crate engines are ones you can purchase and place in any vehicle. However, they can be pretty pricey… which is why we haven’t heard of too many concoctions like the one I’m about to share with you.

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d get when you crossed a Chevy Silverado and an LS9 engine… wonder no more. A Houston-based tuner shop called Fastlane, managed to stuff this supercharged engine under the hood of a four-wheel drive Chevy Silverado. Though no one’s quite sure why, critics of all sorts agree that it doesn’t matter.

With at least 205 more horsepower and 169 lb-ft more torque that any factory engine you’ll be able to buy with the Silverado, this is bound to be one for the records.  Fastlane recently revealed a video of exactly what this pickup can do. Enjoy Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet enthusiasts. I sure did.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Is the Alternator Going Out on Your Used Car in Dallas Ft Worth?

ft worth chevrolet serviceUh oh. You’ve found yourself with a dead battery, and you’re unable to jump it even with your friend’s powerful Chevy Silverado. There’s no corrosion on your battery terminals, so what the heck is going on? Let’s think back over the last couple of weeks… did you happen to notice your  gauges flickering at all? Or how about your headlights? Have they looked a little dim lately?

Whether or not these things were happening, if you found yourself with a dead battery and you are unable to jump start it, then you might be looking at a problem with your alternator. The alternator is part of the charging system in your Chevrolet that produces electricity for many devices. It’s a type of generator that transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy. Your battery does supply your car with some electricity, but most of the electrical mechanisms within the vehicle, require the alternator’s steady stream of power. In layman’s terms, an alternator keeps your battery charged.  So even if your alternator dies or malfunctions, your car will run for a while directly off of the battery, until all the battery’s power is drained. That’s when you won’t be able to turn the engine over or get any power at all.

Luckily, there is a really easy way to tell if the alternator is going out on your used Chevrolet. As I mentioned above, one of the signs of alternator problems is dim headlights.  Why? The alternator supplies the vehicle’s electrical needs. So when it loses its full potential, so will the things that use it’s electricity. Drivers sometimes experience symptoms ranging from dimming or extremely bright headlights and dash lights, to speedometers and tachometers that simply stop working for no reason. Other accessories, like heated seats or power windows may experience a slowdown, as well.

There’s a great, DIY test you can do with your headlights to see if your alternator is working properly. Turn your car headlights on while the car is running (make sure you are outside… we don’t need any carbon monoxide accidents). Press the accelerator while the car is in park. If the headlights dim or get brighter when you press the accelerator, your alternator could be bad. If the headlights remain the same, your alternator is probably fine.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not your alternator is going out, or it already has for sure, go and see the service department over at Classic Chevrolet. Unfortunately, it’s not really cost-effective to have alternator fixed. You’ll most likely need a new one. But it’s still important to watch out for the signals so you don’t end up draining your battery and getting stuck on the side of a Dallas Ft Worth highway.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Avoid Hydroplaning in Your Chevy on Wet Dallas Ft Worth Highways

Well, DFW is finally getting the rain we so desperately needed. But with the rain, comes the potential of hydroplaning in our new or pre-owned Chevys. I’m willing to bet that some of you have probably experienced this and know how much of a stomach-dropper it can be. It’s especially nerve racking to hydroplane when your visibility is already decreased thanks to the misty rain and the wet roads and highways that are kicking up dirt and water.

So what exactly is hydroplaning? To put it plainly, hydroplaning is the skidding or sliding of your car’s tires when they come across a wet surface and the tire encounters more water than it can scatter. Water pressure in the front of the wheel pushes water under the tire, and the tire is then separated from the road surface by a thin film of water losing traction and causing the driver to experience a loss of steering, braking and power control.

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According to SafeMotorist.com, hydroplaning can occur on any wet road surface, and the first 10 minutes of a light rain is usually the most dangerous time. Slippery conditions arise when light rain mixes with oil residue on the road surface. As I mentioned before, the roads have been wet for a few days now, so there’s definitely a lot of this oil and rain residue mix out there.

So what’s the best way to avoid hydroplaning in your Chevrolet? Proper tire maintenance. I’ve said this time and time again that it’s extremely important to take care of your tires. Keep them properly inflated, rotate them at the recommended times and replace them when your tread starts to become worn. Tire manufacturers specifically aim at creating tread patterns, or grooves, on our tires to channel water from beneath the tire creating higher friction with the road surface. So as the tread gradually becomes worn, your tires cannot properly disperse the water and the odds of you hydroplaning increase.

It’s also really important to slow down in rainy conditions. The faster you drive, the harder it is for your tires to scatter water. Avoid puddles, standing water and driving in the outer lanes because water tends to accumulate there. If you’ve ever hit standing water in one of those outer lanes, you know how scary it can be. If you can see the tire tracks left by other vehicles in front of you, try to drive in them. Most likely, they have already pushed a large portion of the water out of the way. Finally, never use cruise control, avoid hard braking and avoid making sharp or quick turns.

The weather man says we are in for a few more days of rain, so when you’re driving through Dallas and Ft Worth in your Chevrolet, remember these tips and avoid hydroplaning as much as possible. If you find yourself hydroplaning more frequently, it may be time to get a new set of tires. So head down to Classic Chevrolet and let them take a look. Stay safe out there, DFW!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.