Getting Your Car Ready for Spring

The cold weather has finally passed, so it’s the perfect time to start getting your car ready for spring. Follow these routine maintenance tasks to help your car recover from winter and keep going strong through spring and summer.

One of the most important things you can do when winter is over is thoroughly wash your car inside and out. Between the harsh chemicals and salt that spray the outside of the car and the grime that builds up inside, your car takes a beating in the winter. Remember to thoroughly clean the undercarriage to remove any leftover salt, and scrub the inside of the windows to improve visibility.

Next, you should replace your windshield wipers. They get pretty worn out during the winter, and you’ll want them in good shape for the rainy spring months. While you’re at it, use a pressure gauge to make sure your tires are properly inflated, since they can lose a lot of air when it’s cold.

Finally, get an oil and filter change and top off any oils that are low. If you notice that anything is dangerously low, have your vehicle inspected to make sure you don’t have leaks in your system. If you’d like to schedule service at Stalker Chevrolet, just give us a call!

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!

GM Certified Service Technicians

At Stalker Chevrolet we’re proud to have GM Certified Service Technicians working on your cars and trucks (We’re also proud of our World Class Technician). But what does that mean to you as the customer?

It means that our technicians go through state of the art automotive service training, including course work and real world experience on the same GM vehicles on the road today.

GM Certified Service Technician

Technicians are trained via blended learning strategy. This strategy combines traditional instructor based classes, web-based training, video, simulations, and print based training. The blended approach sees that technicians fully retain the training and are ready to provide excellent service.

This extensive training gives allows our technicians an advantage when diagnosing and fixing any issues on your vehicle.

Additionally, our service staff will have first-hand knowledge of your vehicle and when it may need scheduled maintenance or if certain components aren’t running optimally.

Of course our technicians aren’t limited to knowledge on GM vehicles only. Our technicians are well versed on several manufactures; foreign and domestic, and we’d be more than happy to diagnose, discuss, and repair your vehicle.