Best Events in DFW You Don’t Want to Miss

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DFW has a lot going on this December for residents and visitors. Don’t stay in, whatever you do. Get out there in your Classic Chevy and experience everything that the metroplex has to offer.

Downtown Wonderland – December 5-17

The holidays begin Downtown with Downtown Wanderland, season-long programming featuring Unbranded, Park-It Pop-Ups, photos with Santa, movie screenings, and more! Throughout the season Downtown Dallas will be adorned with holiday lights and décor. Wander through Downtown and explore all there is to see and do.

12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum – December 6 through January 8

Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition just got brighter! Experience the magic of 500,000 lights throughout the garden 25′ Victorian style gazebos filled charming, costumed characters, whimsical animals and music by the famous classic carol.

Texas Christkindl Market – December 6-23

Inspired by the cherished German holiday tradition, the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, Texas, is rated as one of the Top 10 German Outdoor Christmas Market events in the U.S.

Nestled next to Globe Life Park, this family-friendly market features a unique shopping experience for holiday gifts, decoration and traditional goods. This event is the only place where shoppers in the southwest U.S. can find exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village.

Guests can also purchase other traditional handcrafted gifts and collectibles, taste authentic German cuisine and holiday beverages, and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, and much more!

Visit Classic Chevrolet This December

Come by Classic Chevrolet this December to test drive a new vehicle or get some service done to your current car, truck, or SUV.

Meet the All-New Impala

The new 2015 Chevrolet Impala models, which will be available at Classic Chevrolet sometime this summer, have many small changes to features. You can get the Impala with 18-inch or optional 19- or 20-inch tires. The change in tire size does change how the Impala rides, so pay attention to which tires and wheels are on the vehicle you test drive.

The base engine is Chevrolet’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and models with this gain a stop-start feature that was standard on the 2014 model years. This features increases city fuel economy by 1 mpg*. With this technology, the base model with the 2.5-liter engine gets 22 mpg* in the city and 31 mpg* on the highway. The V-6 version uses a 3.6-liter engine.

The Impala also gets 4G LTE as standard equipment. Another change is the ability to fill up with compressed natural gas (CNG). You’ll have to buy the trim level that offers this or add it as an option, but if you live in an area where CNG is widely available, it is cheaper than gas in most cases.

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While the mileage figures have not been released, Auto Trader quoted Chevrolet of saying that the Impala is expected to go about 150 miles on an 8-gallon tank of CNG. The tank is mounted in the trunk, so that does cut out about half of the cargo space.

The dual-fuel version also uses the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Pricing has not been announced as of yet for the dual-fuel version. According to Chevrolet, buyers who drive 24,000 miles per year will recoup the price difference in savings within a few years.

Additional features for the 2015 Impala my include – depending on the trim level and option packages – back up camera, a stereo system, LCD display, a variety of seating materials, panic and security alarms, remote keyless entry, variably intermittent wipers, disc brakes, ABS brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, plenty of air bags, turn signals in the mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls and much more.

Stop by Classic Chevy or keep your eye on this space for more information about the 2015 Impala as it becomes available.

2015 Colorado has Everyone Talking!

To see what GM is bragging about, stop by Classic Chevrolet – you’ll notice trucks… lots of trucks of all sizes. From small to large, GM will have the only lineup of three different size trucks – a small truck, a midsize truck and a heavy duty truck. Chevrolet fans don’t have to go to another brand because they want two different types of trucks. In the spring, you will be able to choose a midsize truck – the 2015 Colorado.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado completes the trifecta. Ford and Ram do not offer a small truck and while Toyota and Nissan do, they don’t have a heavy duty truck. Yes, GM is the only auto manufacturer with a three-truck lineup.

Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, stated that GM’s strategy is to “meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base.” He expects that the midsize Colorado will bring the midsize segment back into the front of peoples’ minds.

GM designed the Chevrolet Colorado to be the most versatile truck in its class. It has the strength and other attributes of the full size trucks, but it is in a smaller package. It can tow up to three tons yet it is two feet shorter and 5 inches narrower than larger models.

The midsize Colorado features a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 193 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 302 horsepower. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the Work Truck, LT and Z71 trims and come in extended or crew cab configurations. Both the extended cab and crew cab are offered with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

For more information and a full list of the safety, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet. While you’re there, you can test drive one of the models on the lot. If you need the midsize truck, get the information about the truck, and stop by in the spring when the 2015 Colorado is released to test drive the new truck.

School’s in Session and the Buses are Out and About

School buses strike up different feelings for different people. If you have children and they ride the big yellow to work, you love them. On the other hand, those of you without kiddos probably hate them. Speaking of someone without children, I can completely understand why some of you have a strong dislike for the big yellow, but that doesn’t mean we can break those safety rules encompassing them.

Did you know that there is an average of 139 fatalities per year involving school transportation-related crashes? That’s right, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most of these fatalities aren’t to the children on the buses, but rather to occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes (72 percent) or to other non-occupants of the buses, such as those who are walking and biking to school (20 percent). If that right there isn’t enough to grab your attention, I’m not sure what will.

In order to lower these statistics and educate motorists, ConsumerReports.com has shared a list of rules we all need to follow. Read them, learn them, use them!

  • Never pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. It is illegal in all 50 states. Also, never pass a school bus on the right — it is illegal and dangerous.
  • If you are traveling in the same direction as a stopped school bus, you must stop as well.
  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to pickup or drop off children. If you are driving, slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate that the bus is stopped, and that children are getting on or off. This, of course, means that you have to stop as well.
  • When waiting with your own child, teach them to wait until the stop arm is fully extended and the bus door opens before moving toward the bus.
  • The area ten feet around a school bus is at the highest risk for child being hit, so stop your car further than that to allow space for children to enter or exit. Most states have distance requirements, and they may be much further away than you may think.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. Better yet, walk around your car or out to the sidewalk to check for any children walking in your path before you get in.
  • Be aware that roads that pass close schools may have slower speed limits during arrival and dismissal times than during non-school hours and that those limits are often more strictly enforced.
  • Drive slowly and watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks. Also be aware of children playing or waiting around bus stops.
  • Be alert and aware on the road. While children are typically taught about looking both ways, they could dart into the street without looking if they are late or distracted.

On a final note, I think it’s important to mention that the majority of school-bus related auto injuries happen in the afternoon rather than the morning. So be wary during both times. Safe travels, Dallas Ft Worth Chevy drivers!

[Source: ConsumerReports]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

How to Replace a Fuse in Your New or Used Grapevine Chevrolet

When something electrical like your stereo, A/C, power windows, dome lights, etc. stops working in your new or used Chevrolet, often times it’s because a fuse has blown. I’ll never forget the time my radio suddenly stopped working in my first car. Of course, I immediately panicked thinking that I was going to have get a new radio. Come to find out, all I had to do was replace a tiny little fuse. In a matter of minutes, I was back to jamming out in my Chevy.

If this happens to you, the first thing you’ll need to do is locate the fuse box. It will typically be in your glove box or on the left side of your steering wheel toward the floor. If you have difficulty finding it, refer to your owners manual or call Classic Chevrolet’s service department and ask them. Once you’ve found the fuse box, you’ll need to figure out which fuse is blown. Most cars will have a diagram you can refer to that will tell you which fuse controls what and where it’s located. When you locate the fuse you think might be blown, inspect the metal wire or strip in the fuse. If you’re not sure what a blown fuse looks like, pull another one out and compare the two.

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As I’m sure you’ve already noticed by now, there are different colors of fuses with different numbers on them. You must replace a fuse with the correct color and number. Some cars come equipped with extra fuses. If not, simply head down to your local auto store or Classic Chevrolet and pick up the necessary fuse. Don’t worry, there are pretty cheap. I’d also recommend buying a few extras of each kind and storing them in your Chevrolet’s glove box in case this happens again in the future. Insert the new fuse, and you are good to go! Of course if you have any issues at all, don’t hesitate to give Classic Chevrolet a call or swing by the North Texas car dealership.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

There’s Nothing Like the Smell of a New Chevy in Texas

Grapevine TX ChevyThere’s nothing like the smell of a new Chevy,  and there’s really no better way to describe the smell other than “new”. It’s no wonder they sell “new car” scented air fresheners and sprays. I remember the day when my new Chevy stopped smelling new. In fact, it smelt funky. I immediately knew I had either left food or something else in the car causing that smell, and I was determined to get rid of it and have my Chevy back to smelling new.

Because the cabins of our Chevys are enclosed and small compared to our houses, the smallest odor can stink up the entire car and make it miserable to drive in. So how can we get rid of these odors and prevent them from coming back? First, be sure you lock your windows and doors to prevent rain and bugs from getting inside the vehicle. If you’ve never done this before, good for you. Let me be the first to tell you that it doesn’t smell like a rain-scented Glade candles. In fact, it smells like mildew.

Second, if you’re a smoker, be sure to roll down your window when you smoke. Cigarette smoke clings to cotton fabrics like crazy. It’s also a good idea to crack all four windows half an inch for at least five minutes after you finish your cigarette. This will help air out the vehicle.

Next up, don’t leave any food in your car! A few hours is okay, but overnight or longer and you’ll be smelling your left-over, Olive Garden that’s now room temperature for a week.

When it comes to odor prevention, the best and most obvious thing to do is keep your car clean. If you are experiencing one though, you can try using baking soda or charcoal to get rid of the smell. For the baking soda route, simply buy a small to medium box and leave it in the car overnight. For a more effective result, spread the baking soda around a bit, but remember you’ll have to vacuum it up later. If you want to give the charcoal method a try, grab several different sizes from nearly powdered to rock-like. Put them in a basin and leave it overnight.

Both baking powder and charcoal will absorb the odors in your car. But if neither of them work, you can also give your car a deep clean or take it in and have it detailed.  After all, they don’t make new car scents for nothing. And if you have a brand new Chevy truck or car, I can guarantee you’ll want to keep that new smell for as long as possible.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Do You Know How to Check the Fluids in Your Chevy?

Chevrolet Dealerships Dallas Ft WorthWhen it comes to DIY car maintenance, there are several things that every Dallas Ft Worth used Chevrolet owner should know how to do. At the top of that list is knowing how to check the fluid levels in your car. Those of you who have owned a car for a decade or two most likely know how to do this. But I’m sure there are some drivers out there who have never even opened the hood of their car and therefore, probably didn’t even know you could easily check the oil and transmission levels. Not to worry, that’s why I’m here.

The average passenger vehicle is equipped with a dipstick for the engine oil and another for the transmission fluid under the hood. The exact location of these two will vary from vehicle to vehicle, but they are both fitted with a round handle which will help you grasp and pull them out. The engine oil dipstick is almost always located next to the engine and the transmission dipstick is usually somewhere behind that with either a “transmission” or “ATF” label. If you’re having a hard time locating either one, check your owner’s manual or give us call.

Now that you’ve located the engine and transmission dipsticks, grab a few paper towels and go ahead and pull one of the sticks all the way out. Using a paper towel, wipe off any fluids on the stick and then completely reinsert the stick back into its slot. Now pull the stick out again, but don’t wipe anything off this time. Here’s what you’ll be looking for:

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Look for the minimum and maximum mark. The oil should be in the middle of these two marks. If it’s low, you will definitely need to add at least a quart of oil. Be sure not to overfill, though. Doing so could cause a lot of damage.

Transmission Fluid:
The fluid should reach the “full” line. If it doesn’t, you could be at risk of some serious engine problems in the future. You may want to give us a call or swing by and let us take look.

Remember, having your fluids at the proper level will help your vehicle run at optimum conditions and prevent future issues. If either one of you fluid levels are low, give Classic Chevrolet a call or make an appointment online. They’ll be happy to show you how to properly add fluids and take car of anything else you may be experiencing in your new or used Chevy.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

If Your Chevy Pulls Right or Left, Your Wheel Alignment May Be Off

Chevrolet Dealerships Ft WorthHave you ever been driving down the highway or side street and noticed that your car is pulling toward the left or right? If this hasn’t happened to you, be thankful. It’s pretty unsettling to take your hands off the wheel for a second and then realize your halfway into the next lane. Granted, you should never take your hands off the wheel, but let’s face it; it does happen occasionally, and normally your vehicle should continue in a straight path. Unless you’re driving through a storm with high winds or you’re driving out west to see a Red Raider football game, the wheel alignment in your Chevrolet truck or car is probably off.

So how exactly does this happen? The answer is simple: cars become unaligned when the suspension gets knocked from its correct location. The majority of the time this is due to running into or over a curb. It can also be caused by suspension wear due to age, potholes or any other suspension jarring. The common signs that your alignment is off include your car pulling or drifting away, rapid or uneven tire wear and the spokes of your steering wheel being to the right or left. If you’re driving down a straight and level road and your aren’t in high winds, the Chevrolet bow tie logo in the middle of your steering wheel should be straight. If you’re having to hold the steering wheel to the right or left, your alignment is probably off.  Check out this video showing other signs of a need wheel alignment.

So Dallas Fort Worth Chevy drivers, are you experiencing any of these things? If so, you should probably bring your car in to have the alignments adjusted so that the wheels are positioned correctly relative to the vehicle’s frame. Even if  you’re not sure, better safe than sorry. The experts over at Classic Chevrolet Texas want to ensure that you have proper wheel alignment so you get the most tread wear and performance from your tires. You can even schedule an appointment online. Wheel adjustments will help maximize the life of your tires and stop your car from making an unwanted lane change on those DFW highways.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Use Toothpaste to Clean Those Foggy Headlights DFW Chevy Owners

 Dallas Chevy DealerHey Dallas Ft Worth Chevy drivers, are your headlights looking a little foggy lately? Maybe they aren’t shining as brightly as they used to? Over time, the brightness of headlights can be affected  because the outside cover becomes oxidized. This gives them a foggy and sometimes yellow look. In severely oxidized headlights, you can’t even see the bulb any more. This also causes your headlights to be less bright, which can affect your visibility when driving during the night.

Now before you get ready to head to your Chevrolet Dealer in Ft Worth for a new set of headlights, try this simple and cheap solution using only Crest toothpaste, a cloth and water.

Apply a nickel-size amount of the toothpaste (make sure it’s paste and not gel) to the plastic cover of the headlight. Then, with a dry cloth, rub in a circular motion until the toothpaste is completely rubbed in. You should start to notice the grime wipe away. Once it’s all rubbed in, rinse the headlight with water and wipe away any residual paste with a wet cloth.

It’s so simple, it’s almost hard to believe, right? Well, here’s video proof that it actually does work!

Have any of you Chevy owners in DFW tried this before? Let us know if it worked for you!

 

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing

 

Hey DFW, Say Hello to the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1

Ft Worth Chevy dealerHey DFW Camaro lovers, I have some exciting news. Earlier today, Chevrolet announced that its most-powerful convertible ever, the 2013 Camaro ZL1, will debut at the LA Auto show next month. According to a press release issued by General Motors, this Camaro will deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles. I told you I had exciting news!

The ZL1 will be powered by a 580-horsepower LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, so I’m sure Camaro Chief Engineer, Al Oppenheiser, wasn’t kidding when he said, “This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top – or hit the gas.”

The convertible will share all its characteristics and engine parts with the 2012 ZL1 coupe model which recently lapped the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife course in 7:41.27 minutes. The only changes we’ll see are a tower brace under the hood, a transmission reinforcement brace, an underbody tunnel brace and a set of X and V braces under the body. All of these are aimed at stiffening the chassis to better handle and apply all the power the LSA generates. Check out this video of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 at Nordschleife.

Are you getting excited yet? The ZL1 convertible will most likely be available for purchase in the late months of 2012. Until then, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest updates!