Most drivers know about checking engine oil, but there are several different fluids your engine needs to keep running smoothly. Here are some car fluids you should check regularly to maintain your car’s health and functionality. Transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids in your car, as it lets the gears run smoothly.
While you were driving, you slowly noticed (or perhaps quickly noticed) that the needle on your engine temperature model has just bolted upwards. What do you do now? Here’s a quick guide on what to do if your engine overheats: First of all, evaluate your surroundings and safely pull over. Cautiously lift the hood of
Most drivers know about checking engine oil, but there are several different fluids your engine needs to keep running smoothly. Here are some car fluids you should check regularly to maintain your car’s health and functionality.
Transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids in your car, as it lets the gears run smoothly. While when checking your engine oil the car should be cold, transmission fluid is best checked when the car is running. When you check transmission fluid, your concern is the quality, not the quantity. If transmission fluid is low, there is a problem with your car. If it’s dirty, it needs replaced, but this shouldn’t be necessary more than every 50-100 thousand miles.
Coolant is another important fluid to replace, as it keeps your car from overheating. This is easy to check, as you can just glance at the fill line in the clear tank. Check your brake fluid when you do an oil change. If it’s brown instead of golden, it needs replaced. You should also keep your power steering fluid levels high, but you’ll most likely never need to replace it.
While you were driving, you slowly noticed (or perhaps quickly noticed) that the needle on your engine temperature model has just bolted upwards. What do you do now? Here’s a quick guide on what to do if your engine overheats:
- First of all, evaluate your surroundings and safely pull over.
- Cautiously lift the hood of your car, allowing some airflow to cool off the hot contents.
- Look around, but whatever you do, do not touch or remove the radiator cap, which would likely result in serious injury.
- Next, call a professional and wait for help. It is not safe to drive with an overheated engine.
- In the meantime, try to figure out what went wrong. Perhaps you are out of coolant, or one of the cooling system’s fans is broken.
In general, the summer seems to be the worst time of the year for engines overheating. Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments.
Whether or not you’re getting up for school or work in the mornings this summer, it’s still vital to eat a healthy breakfast. In fact, studies repeatedly show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Here’s a short list of summer breakfast ideas to plan your next shopping trip around:
- Parfait: All you need is your favorite, low-fat yogurt, some oatmeal, and assorted fruit to make this dish; don’t forget to drizzle some honey on top!
- Quiche: Though an entire pie-shaped quiche is easy to make in advance, you can quickly make a quiche-for-one in under five minutes.
- Scrambled eggs: Simple beat an egg and pop it into the microwave for quick scrambled eggs; you can even add cheese and veggies.
- Oatmeal: There’s a reason that oatmeal has always been a classic; add your favorite fruits and spices to make it perfect.
- Smoothie: Whether your smoothies are yogurt-based, ice-based, or banana-based, the quick and healthy potential combinations are endless.
Do you have any breakfast staples you frequently enjoy? Let us know in the comments.
Whether you drive long commutes that make it feel like you live in your car or go short distances around town – no one is exempt from the occasional flat tire or dead battery. Are you prepared for when it happens to you? Here is a brief list of essential items to keep in your car for those “just in case” scenarios.
To be ready for a flat tire, be sure to keep a spare tire, car jack, and wrench located in the trunk of your vehicle. You may also want to consider keeping a tire inflator and sealer as well. In case you’re out of practice, here’s a brief brush-up on how to change a car tire.
A dead battery: it’s happened to the best of us. You go out to start your car and realized you left your lights on…oops! To get that battery up and running again, be sure to have a set of jumper cables. Here is a refresher video on how to jump your car battery.
We at College Chevrolet Buick encourage all of our readers to double check your vehicles and make sure you have these essential items, and if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help!
Sometimes words just aren’t enough.
In a recent Chevrolet press release announcing the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, the company revealed, “Words alone can’t describe the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze…so to celebrate its upcoming reveal, the media advisory is being issued in emoji.” Emojis. You know, those little cartoon pictures in text messages used to emulate a feeling or emotion.
Chevrolet’s emoji press press release included hearts, cars, rainbows, and a plethora of other icons for readers to decipher. In fact, the auto company encouraged translators of the pic-script to put their interpretations online using #ChevyGoesEmoji. Want to see how your emoticon translation skills are? You can see a full version of the emoji press release here, as well as its Chevy translation – using real words.
The new Chevrolet Cruze, which was unveiled several days after the press release, sports an athletic build, updated technology, and improved fuel economy, and according to the emojis – will put a big smile on your face.
The 2016 Chevy Camaro reveal was as big and exciting as anticipated. The sixth-generation Camaro wowed the audience at Belle Isle with its refined look and race-ready performance.
The new 2016 Camaro is faster, stronger, and lighter than the previous generation, providing even more thrill when driving. There are six powertrain options, including the beastly LT1 6.2-liter V8 that generates 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque! All engines are available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Camaro has been almost entirely redone with only two parts that carried over from the fifth generation. It’s truly a new take on the classic sports car.
Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president and Product Development, said, “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”
The sixth generation Camaro will go on sale later this year at College Chevrolet Buick , so get ready to take the ride of your life!
Kathy Roche-Wallace is at it again! The inspiring endurance cyclist and motivational speaker will be taking on the 2015 Race Across America (RAAM) on June 16th and she’s asking our community for some help.
Kathy is a 54 year old mother of six and grandmother of five, and in 2011 she became the first woman in the 30 year history of RAAM to finish the race in the 50+ division. She is the current solo record holder and also took home the award for Queen of the Mountains.
Kathy hopes to defend her title at the 2015 RAAM, but her 3,000 mile journey dreams need a little help. She is currently raising funds to support a crew team and to complete her training. Kathy is also using this platform as an opportunity to raise money and awareness about a rare form of childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma.
Please join us in supporting Kathy’s Indiegogo Fundraiser and donate to her cause at www.GoKathyGo.com! For more information about Kathy and her fundraising needs, please visit GoKathyGo as well.
After months of anticipation–during which Chevrolet released teaser images and details painstakingly slowly–the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has finally been revealed in all its glory. The premiere of the car took place at the Belle Isle racetrack last week.
The new Camaro is getting a positive response all around concerning its many changes, both physical and cosmetic. This vehicle has more power than ever, all while maintaining a sleeker look.
In fact, thanks to the usage of some lighter-weight metals, the 2016 Camaro is actually 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. But the 2016 Camaro is no “lightweight,” and its turbo 4-cylinder engine can get up to 275 horsepower.
Another thing that long-term Camaro drivers will notice quickly once they get behind the wheel of a 2016 model: this version is two inches shorter than the model before it, making it easier than ever to park.
What did you think of the 2016 Chevy Camaro reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
When it comes to staying on the road, Chevy’s G80 locking rear differential is the big difference in all of the brand’s trucks—and it’s been around for a lot longer than you think!
The G80 locking axle has been a staple in Chevy’s truck lineup for more than 40 years and has proved year in and year out that it will keep you safe on the road. No matter what the weather condition or terrain you’re traveling through, Chevy trucks will get the job done.
The G80 technology reacts automatically when one wheel starts to spin, allowing both rear wheels to move at the same speed, ensuring maximum traction on the road.
Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer said, “The G80 locking axle provides a greater traction advantage than limited-slip differentials in most situations, while its automatic engagement requires no driver involvement, unlike some competitors’ electronic lockers, which require driver activation.”
To experience the Chevy truck difference for yourself, come visit College Chevrolet Buick.