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Don’t Miss These Fall Car Care Tips

fallThere is a definite chill in the air now as the days continue to get shorter. As you settle into your autumn routine, make sure to take some time now to take care of your car before winter arrives. Here are some fall car care tips to help prevent some major breakdowns when the weather really gets cold.

  • Read your owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual includes a list of routine maintenance you should have done on a regular basis. If you’ve missed some of this maintenance, get your car back on track.
  • Resolve performance issues. If your engine just doesn’t drive the way it should or you experience hard starts, rough idling, or stalling, get these issues resolved now as they will intensify with cold weather.
  • Keep your tank full. A fuel tank that is kept full helps prevent moisture from forming in the fuel lines. That moisture can freeze in the winter, so try to keep your tank full.
  • Check your HVAC system. Make sure your heater and your air conditioner are in good working order. Your A/C still plays an important role in the colder months as it removes moisture from the air via the defroster.
  • Inspect your lights. As the days get shorter, you’ll be using your lights more. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.

If you want to get your car ready for colder weather, schedule an appointment with College Chevrolet Buick.

See the Future with OnStar Proactive Alerts

2016 Chevy Equinox InteriorChevrolet wants to help you catch problems in your vehicle before they happen. And now, that’s possible, thanks to OnStar Proactive Alerts.

Chevy is the first automaker in the industry to develop this kind of technology, similar to the technology used in a Boeing 787. In the jet, in-flight messages can be sent to ground crews that alert them of parts that need inspection before the plane hits the ground.

OnStar Proactive alerts work similarly, by continuously monitoring the health of the starter motor, fuel pump, and 12-volt battery. If anything isn’t functioning as it should, you’ll get an alert from OnStar instructing you to take your car in for service.

Currently, this predictive technology is available to OnStar subscribers who own a 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette, and Equinox.

“With Proactive Alerts, we now can offer customers even greater peace-of-mind of taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle,” said Steve Hollan, chief technologist for Vehicle Health Management at General Motors.

With these updates, you’ll get alerts on your vehicle’s health every time your car is started, and while you’re driving.

Now behind the wheel, you’ll be able to fix your car before you even notice something’s wrong!

Car Fluids You Should Check Regularly

fluidMost 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.

Spring Car Care Tips to Remember All Season Long

serviceNational Car Care Month–every April–may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason to stop spending extra careful attention to the care and maintenance of your vehicle. Keep your car in top-notch condition all season long with these spring car care tips from College Chevrolet Buick.

  • If you haven’t been to the auto shop for a solid check-up lately, be sure to do so. Especially after the harsh winter months, your car can always benefit from a tune-up.
  • Be sure your tires have enough tread and are inflated to the right level. If your tires are worn down, you are putting yourself at risk of hydroplaning.
  • We’ve all heard the term “spring cleaning.” Why not use the beautiful weather as an excuse to give your car a thorough cleaning, on the inside and the out?
  • Check all of your car’s fluids, such as the engine oil and windshield wiper fluid. You won’t want to wait to find out until it’s too late.

Do you have any other spring car care tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments.