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.

Why It’s Important to Rotate the Tires on Your Texas Chevrolet

texas chevrolet dealershipIf you stick to a routine maintenance plan for your Chevrolet car or truck, you’ll notice that tire rotation frequents the list of service intervals. The question is, do you know why? For starters, rotating your tires will help your tires last longer and also ensure safer driving.

It’s a known fact that your front tires wear faster than your rear tires, especially if your Chevrolet is front-wheel drive. By rotating your front and rear tires, you’ll be equalizing the tread wear and maximize the tires’ life.

Unless you know exactly what you are doing, I don’t recommend rotating the tires on your own. It’s always best to leave these types of tasks to your Chevrolet service department. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine told me that they had saved some money and rotated their tires on their own. He told me that he switched the front and back tires, but also switched them from left to right. I asked him if he followed the correct rotation pattern, and the look on his face quickly let me know that he had no idea what I was talking about.

If you’re going to perform DIY maintenance, make sure you do your homework. As tires age, they develop wear patterns which are often tied to the suspension and alignment. So it’s important to know exactly where to rotate them. Rotation patterns differ from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive vehicles. Incorrectly rotating the position can result in a shorter life span. For these reasons, I suggest leaving rotating tires to the service experts. The recommended interval for rotating your Chevrolet’s tires is ever 5,000 to 10,000 miles. But as I’ve said many a times before, this all depends on your driving habits. Refer to your Chevrolet owner’s manual or give Classic Chevrolet’s service department a call. They’ll gladly help you figure it out.

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.