2016 Chevy Camaro Is Named a Car and Driver 10Best

The respected Car and Driver publication has named the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to its 10Best list, noting the Camaro’s excellent driving dynamics and modern technology.

The Car and Driver 10Best list is a roundup of the publication’s favorite vehicles for less than $80,000. Every year, Car and Driver editors embark on a week-long mission, evaluating and scrutinizing vehicles for a number of combinations of virtues including value and engagement, performance and poise, sights and sounds, soul, and character. The cars that make the coveted 10Best list succeed in several of these criteria, and raise the bar in their segments.

2016 Camaro - Car and Driver 10Best

“The fifth-gen Camaro was America’s best-selling performance car for five consecutive years,” said Majoros. “To build on that success, the team delivered an all-new sixth-gen model with even greater levels of performance, efficiency, and technology. Being named one of the 10Best cars of 2016 by Car and Driver shows new Camaro is not only the best car in the performance-car segment, but is one of the best new cars on the market regardless of category.”

Stop by Stalker Chevrolet today to learn more and test drive the thrilling 2016 Chevy Camaro for yourself!

Dominos Delivery Vehicle Delivers a Whole Lot of Pizza on Very Little Gas

Dominos has chosen the efficient (and apparently versatile) 2015 Chevrolet Spark for its new DXP™ (Delivery Expert). The pizza company chose the 2015 Chevrolet Spark for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which might be its ability to maneuver around the city without the need for much gas.

Specifically designed to deliver pizzas, the Chevrolet Spark Dominos delivery vehicle was a crowd-sourced concept that was submitted as part of the Domino’s Ultimate Delivery Vehicle Challenge. Featuring a warming oven located behind the driver’s seat and accessible from the outside via a key fob, the Dominos DXP promises to deliver a warm pizza to your doorstep every time. In addition, the car ditches all seats except the driver’s seat, creating space for as many as 80 pizzas and has a special compartment for two-liter sodas.

Spark to being delivering Dominos
Be on the lookout for the Dominos delivery vehicle, the 2015 Chevy Spark!

“The Chevrolet Spark is the perfect vehicle to bring our pizza delivery to life,” said Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA in a statement. “Not only will the DXP have a warming oven on board and enough storage capacity to hold 80 pizzas in the rear, but the fuel efficiency is something our franchisees welcome.”

Dominos has deployed 100 DXP vehicles to franchises in 25 markets nationwide, and will provide special training for safe and efficient use of the delivery cars.

Stalker Chevrolet, is proud to see this little Chevy making a big impact across America. Stop by to see how a new Chevy could make a big impact on your life too!

How to Change a Car Fuse in Five Simple Steps

It’s not uncommon if you find a fuse has blown in your car – in fact, that’s its purpose. A fuse is designed to regulate how much electricity flows through it, and when it becomes too much, the fuse blows to prevent serious damage. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to learn how to change a car fuse, and even better, it’s inexpensive to do so. Follow these five simple steps to get the job done.

Car Fuses

  1. Locate your car’s fuse panel. Usually found under the steering wheel, the fuse panel has several different color-coded fuses plugged in. Check your owner’s manual for the exact location in your car.
  2. Remove the fuse panel cover. When you remove the cover, you may notice that there is a handy diagram on the back that shows what each fuse powers.
  3. Locate the blown fuse. Determine which fuse needs to be replaced by looking for a black fuse or one where the metal filament is broken.
  4. Remove the broken fuse. Using tweezers, pliers, or your fingers, carefully remove the blown fuse. These break easily, and it’s much easier to pull out an entire fuse than a broken one.
  5. Put the new fuse in. Make sure you’ve obtained the correct replacement using your owner’s manual. Be sure you have the correct amperage, as using the wrong fuse can cause serious electrical problems. Simply use your finger to push and secure the fuse into the slot.

That’s it. Easy, right? If you find you need more help, refer to dmv.org or give us a call at Stalker Chevrolet!

How to Know if My Brakes Are Failing

Your brakes are the single most important safety system in your car. Without the ability to slow and stop your car on demand, you’ll be left to the mercy of the objects around you – which is why it’s imperative that you understand and pay attention to the signs that could indicate your brakes are failing.

New Disc Brake Pads

How to know if my brakes are failing:

  1. Sounds. The first, and most obvious indication that your brakes could be failing is if they are squeaking, squealing, or otherwise making unusual sounds. This sound is your first indicator that your brake pads are wearing down and need to be replaced.
  2. Grinding. If you feel a grinding or vibrating feeling through the pedal when you apply the brakes, your brake pads have worn all the way down, leaving them to scratch and grind the rotors. Don’t delay in getting this repaired, as this can cause more serious damage to your vehicle’s rotors.
  3. Unresponsive brakes. If you notice you have to put extra pressure on your brakes to get a response, or the response is delayed, there could be a leak in the brake fluid system. Have this addressed right away, as stopping can become increasingly challenging and unpredictable.

For more signs that your brakes need attention, visit esurance.com.

Worried about your brakes? Make an appointment at Stalker Chevrolet.

2016 Chevy Silverado HD’s Digital Steering Assist Enhances Control

The 2016 Chevy Silverado is packed with technology designed to make life easier. A long list of features, like powertrain grade braking, diesel exhaust braking, and integrated cruise control help drivers to maintain control in every condition, for every job. Now, Chevy has announced another technology to add to that list: Digital Steering Assist.

The 2016 Chevy Silverado’s Digital Steering Assist power steering technology is available on some double cab and crew cab HD models, and offers enhanced road holding and stability for highway driving, regardless of whether the truck’s bed is loaded or empty. Drivers will notice improved steering, as the system promises to feel and automatically correct and compensate for any road irregularities.

Cabin on 2015 Silverado

The 2016 Chevy Silverado offers the same powerful powertrain options as last year, including the 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 powertrain offering 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, and the 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel, rated at 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque.

To learn more about the 2016 Chevy Silverado’s features and capabilities, read Chevrolet’s news release or stop by Stalker Chevrolet.

Three Overlooked Car Maintenance Items

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, car maintenance can often be left on the backburner. Even when we do the basic regular oil changes and checkups, we often forget to take care of some important maintenance items.
These are our top three commonly overlooked car maintenance items:

  1. Wheel alignment and tire rotation. These are often done at the same time, but car owners often overlook scheduling this service. The back tires wear differently than the front tires, so it’s important to have the tires rotated on a regular basis to ensure all the tires are wearing evenly. Also be sure to have your alignment checked, especially if you notice your car pulling to one side or the other. Ignoring this pull can result in over-worn tires and less-efficient driving.

Wheel Alignment

  1. Timing belt replacement. The timing belt needs to be replaced every 50 – 60,000 miles (check your owner’s manual). Failing to replace a slipping or broken timing belt can cause the piston and valves to collide, destroying the engine.
  1. Brake Service. Your car’s brake fluid should be checked on a regular basis, and replaced if it turns a dark brown color. In the event water is absorbed into the brake fluid, the brake’s hydraulic system can be corroded over time.

Car Disc Brakes

Here are even more services you shouldn’t overlook.

Make an appointment at Stalker Chevrolet to have your car caught up. We are happy to help!

Chevrolet Certified Service Rescue Squad Put to Work at Woodward

Classic cruisers occasionally die on the road for any number of reasons.  In an effort to keep things moving at this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise, the Chevrolet Certified Service Rescue Squad was hard at work, rescuing cruisers that stalled, overheated, or ran out of gas. The squad was conveniently prepared to assist any participants at a moment’s notice.

“It’s called the ‘The Dream Cruise’, but an overheated engine, a drained battery, or a flat tire can turn that dream into a nightmare for enthusiasts whose countdown clock to Woodward starts the day the last one ends,” said Chris Brandt, Chevrolet Certified Service advertising manager in a statement. “No one wants to break down or cause ‘The Dream Traffic Jam,’ so Chevrolet Certified Service technicians will help cruisers with the kind of minor issues that can be easily remedied.”

GM Certified Service Technician
Certified Service Technicians were on hand to help those in need at the Woodward Dream Cruise.

In an effort to help participants better prepare for this year’s event, the automaker compiled a list of the most common issues from last year’s event. Dying batteries, low fluid levels, low gas levels, and tire and wiper conditions all made the list of things to look over before heading to this year’s event.

Learn more about the annual Woodward Dream Cruise here.

Chevrolet continues to deliver reliable and capable vehicles, year after year. Stop by Stalker Chevrolet to check out our exciting lineup.

Signs That Your Car Needs a New Battery

Don’t wait until you find yourself stranded with a car that won’t start to acknowledge issues with your battery. Instead, pay attention to these five warning signs that your car needs a new battery, and save yourself the headache of towing a vehicle with a useless battery.

Car Battery

  1. Slow engine turnover. If you have noticed that your car is slow to crank when you start the engine, your battery could be failing. Have a technician test your battery life before you find it won’t crank at all.
  2. Dim lights. If you notice the lights in the cabin, dashboard, or exterior are more dim than normal, it could be related to a lack of power in the battery.
  3. Check engine or battery dashboard light. Don’t ignore your dashboard lights. The check engine light and the battery light can be an indicator that your battery is losing power.
  4. Low battery fluid. Car batteries usually feature a translucent area in the battery casing where you can check the fluid level.When the fluid falls below the lead plates inside, it’s time to have your battery tested, and likely replaced.
  5. Age. Car batteries tend to have a useful life of around three years. It’s always a good idea to have your battery checked at the three year mark.

For more battery warning signs, visit firestonecompleteautocare.com.

Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we can help you determine if you need a new car battery. If you have any concerns about the life of your battery, make an appointment with our service department today!

Chevrolet’s Pedestrian Avoidance Technology Comes to 2016 Malibu

Walking Across a Busy Street

Chevrolet has announced that its 2016 Malibu will come jam-packed with high-tech features. One such feature will be a ground-breaking low cost pedestrian avoidance technology, making a safety feature once found only on luxury vehicles and top-of-the-line mainstream models available to the masses.

The new system uses a camera mounted behind the windshield that is capable of detecting an obstruction in the car’s path. The technology alerts the driver in the event a collision is imminent, and automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not respond. Instead of using radar and/or sensors like other pedestrian avoidance technologies, Chevrolet’s pedestrian avoidance technology puts to use a single camera and software, making it possible to keep the cost low.

“The camera technology allows us to put it on more vehicles,” John Capp, GM’s director of global vehicle safety, said to Automotive News. “We can offer technologies that heretofore you had to step up to a radar package that maybe not all customers would want.”

Though GM has yet to release pricing and package details, we know that the new technology will be available on the next-gen 2016 Chevrolet Malibu later this year. Stop by Stalker Chevrolet today to learn more!

Tailgating Tips and Tricks

While we might associate tailgating with football games and warm fall weather, it just so happens that July is officially “Tailgating Month.” Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we think July is the perfect time to get all the details of your tailgating experience worked out – a practice run, if you will – before college football kicks off in just a couple of short months.

Here are our tailgating tips for a fun-filled day eating, drinking, and playing games from the back of your trusty vehicle.

Find the right vehicle. When you have a great tailgating pickup, SUV, or crossover, the rest falls into place. A good sound system, easy-access to the cargo space, and enough room for coolers, games, a grill, and folding tables and chairs are a must. May we be so bold as to make a few recommendations? The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500, Colorado, or Tahoe promise to provide an exceptionally good tailgating experience.

2015 Chevy Tahoe Cargo Room
Just think of all the things you could load up in this 2015 Tahoe!

Bring extra food and drinks. Nothing ends a perfectly good tailgating party like running out of food or drinks. Create a menu ahead of time, and prepare what you can in advance. Make sure to pack your drinks and perishable food items well in a cooler (we recommend separate ones), and leave extras in the blissfully cold cooler until you need them. The drinks too. Nobody, and we mean nobody, wants a warm beer.

Don’t forget games. Good company and delicious food can only take you so far. Bring along a game of corn hole or other outdoor distraction, and enjoy!

Make a playlist. Doors and windows will be open, and music should be playing. Make sure your vehicle’s sound system is up for the challenge, and consider bringing along a Bluetooth speaker if it’s not. Mix it up, and keep the beats energetic and fast-paced.

Prepare for cleanup. No one wants to talk about the party being over, but being prepared will make clean-up much less painful. Bring a box of heavy duty trash bags (which can also function as impromptu rain gear), anti-bacterial wipes, and foil and Ziploc bags for leftovers.

For more helpful tips from the experts, visit barbecuebible.com.