Fall Car Maintenance: Seasonal Service You Can’t Forget

Fall car maintenance is a great way to keep your car in shape. Temperatures dip, air quality changes, and driving habits also begin to vary. Plus, it’s a great time to change your oil and wipers, helping you to prepare for winter.

According to Bankrate, you should always check your tire pressure in the fall. That’s because colder temperatures cause air pressure to decrease. In fact, a 1° dip in temperature causes the pressure to decrease by 1 psi. Under inflated tires cause added friction, which adds wear and tear and lowers fuel economy.

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The air quality can also dip in the fall as the seasons change. Getting a new air filter can increase fuel economy and performance by optimizing air flow. At the very least, it’s a good idea to blow your current air filter out with compressed air.

Change your wiper blades. You should get new wiper blades at least once or twice a year, depending on your driving habits. Getting them in the fall will prevent you from waiting too long. The winter is often the harshest on the wipers.

Finally, get your car’s oil changed. You should change the oil about every 3,000 miles. For the average driver, that’s four times per year—or once every season. Now that the fall is on its way (the official start is September 22nd), you should consider changing the oil to prepare for harsher weather.

Some of you may be able to handle a few of these maintenance items on your own, but if you need some assistance we’re hear to help. Call, stop by, or schedule an appointment on line and our highly trained service team will be more than happy to take care of you.

Winterize Your Car – National Car Care Month

As much as it may pain some of you to hear (and delight others) winter is almost here. One way to start preparing for the cold and snowy months is by winterizing your car.

With October being National Car Care Month it’s a great reminder to get you car ready early for the months ahead.

Whether you decide to bring your vehicle in to Stalker Chevy and have our Certified Service technicians take care of your car or if you want to do an inspection of your own, here are a few things you should make sure to get checked.

Roads get slick and conditions are less than perfect for driving during our winters. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have the proper amount of tread. If you do a decent amount of driving on roads that don’t get cleared quite as much you may want to consider snow tires or ones with extra grip.

Even if your tires are gripping the road just fine they aren’t the only thing responsible for helping you stop in a safe manner. A thorough inspection of your brake system is important before winter hits. Brake lines, rotors, pads, drums, fluid, are all critical components to keeping you safe on snowy or icy roads.

The cold weather can do damage to your engine just by it being too cold. Make sure your car has the proper level of antifreeze, as well as other engine fluids like power steering, radiator, transmission, and windshield washer fluids.

While making sure your car can warm up and run safely and efficiently is great, it’s always good to make sure you can stay warm in your vehicle too. Make sure to get your HVAC systems checked out. No one wants to ride around in a frozen car all winter.

Be sure to have your defrosters and wiper blades inspected too. These are often items that get overlooked, but you can’t drive if you can’t see (Another reason not to text and drive).

And lastly check your battery, belts and hoses. Cold weather can do a number on all of these items. Cold weather is known to drain batteries more rapidly and being stuck in the cold is the worst. Belts and hoses typically have a pretty long shelf life, but you don’t want to ignore them. Especially in the winter when a break or crack can really leave you stranded.

While this takes care of most of the mechanical side of winterizing your car, there are some additional things you can do to further prepare your vehicle.

Check out our next blog installment for more information on how to fully winterize your car!

Common Car Myths

Car myths are something new and old drivers struggle with alike.  New drivers will hear something and not know any better to dismiss it, and older drivers have been known to hold onto folklore about their vehicles for decades.  We’re here to dispel some of the more common car myths out there.Red Car Insurance Myth

  • Reds Cars Cost More to Insure– This has most likely developed from people mistaking correlation for causation.  A lot of sports cars are red and sports cars cost more to insure.  At no point does an insurance company ask for your car color when giving you a quote.
  • The 3,000-Mile Oil Change– This is quite possibly the most widely known (and often times accepted) myth out there.  Today, vehicles should get an oil change around every 7,500 miles, but getting one more often won’t hurt, and if you drive in extreme conditions or tow frequently, you’ll want to schedule service for an oil change more often.
  • Vehicles that run on regular benefit from premium gasoline– Years ago, only premium fuel contained detergents that helped to clean the engine, and cars would benefit from the occasional premium fill-up.  Today, the EPA requires detergent in every grade of fuel, so stick with your recommended octane level.
  • Chevy AvalancheLet your engine warm up before driving– In the winter, this can be an appealing option, especially if you have a remote-starter, but modern vehicles actually warm up much faster when they are being driven.  Vehicles operate at their highest efficiency when they’re warm, so letting them idle in the driveway cold will cost you some gas.

Check out Cars.com’s list for additional myths, and be sure to visit us today at Stalker Chevrolet with any other vehicle-related questions you might have!

So When Should I Change My Oil?

Keeping your engine properly lubricated will help you get the maximum performance and life from your car, truck, or SUV.  And for the past several decades the general rule has been to change your oil every 3,000 miles. But does that still hold true? That depends on a few factors, but for most people that answer is no.

Because of the many advances in engine technology and the advances in engine lubricants, newer vehicles can typically go over 5,000 miles before an oil change is required.  That is not to say you should always go more than 3,000 miles before an oil change, there are extenuating circumstances.

Truck drivers who are consistently hauling or towing heavy loads; especially in high traffic areas, may need to change their oil more frequently. Another set of drivers that may need to change their oil more frequently than their owner’s manual recommends, are driver that put greater strain on their engines, stopping abruptly or accelerating quickly will wear down you engine faster.

To help you keep track of when you should change your oil, Chevrolet’s are Engine Oil Life Systemequipped with an Engine Oil Life System (OLS) that monitors the use of your oil based on your driving habits and engine conditions. Because this system adjusts to your personal driving habits you can be sure to know that when the OLS light comes on you need to stop by Stalker Chevy for an oil change.

The Certified Service technicians at Stalker Chevrolet are trained to understand your vehicles needs and when you’ll need your oil changed. We’re here offer you quality car care and provide a detailed inspections to let you know the best options for your Chevy.

For the best practice on oil changes for your vehicle consult the maintenance schedule in your Chevrolet Vehicle Owner’s Manual.