Tires are one of the most important parts of your car, especially since it’s the only component that touches the road. Bad tires can decrease fuel economy, reduce handling, and increase the likelihood of a breakdown. That’s why it’s important to get new tires when the time is right. How do you know if you need new tires? Read on to learn about checking tire tread.
One of the easiest ways, according to Pep Boys, is to try the penny test. Simply take a penny, flip it upside down, and put it in the middle of the tire tread. If you can see above Abe’s head, that means you have less than approximately 2/32 of an inch left on your tires. Any less, and it would be illegal in most states to drive.
You should also check tires for wear and tear. This includes bulges, cracking, and bald spots. Bald spots or patches of missing tread are often signs of misalignment because the vehicle is probably not riding properly. Bulging and cracking are signs that the rubber may be going bad. Additionally, tires should be replaced after about five years even if you don’t use them, as rubber compounds breakdown over time.
Not sure if you need new tires? At El Dorado Chevrolet, our specially trained staff can easily tell you if it’s time for new tires, a tire rotation, or if your pressure is getting low. Call or stop by for all your tire maintenance needs.
The Bolt EV safety features allow you to feel more comfortable behind the wheel in fact, many of these can be found on the entire 2017 model lineup. In addition to its impressive all-electric powertrain design that saves you money at the pump and eliminates emissions, the Bolt EV also recently earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With the Bolt’s high-quality design and the latest technologies on the market, you can rest assured you’re safe when you’re driving the new Bolt EV.
The Bolt EV is the first all-electric vehicle for 2017 to earn the IIHS rating, which marks a landmark for this Chevy model. According to The Car Connection, the Bolt EV scored “good” on all crash tests and a “Superior” in the category of front crash prevention. The five tests the IIHS uses are the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint.
The Bolt EV’s optional front crash prevention system will reduce the risk of and possibly prevent collisions at speeds of 12 to 25 mph. This is just one of many great aspects on the latest electric vehicle to come from the 2017 model lineup. To learn more about Chevy safety features for the latest model year, visit El Dorado Chevrolet today.
As the number of Spanish speakers in the United States increases so does the number of Chevy owners requesting OnStar in Spanish. OnStar has had Spanish-speaker advisors for years, but the numbers of Spanish calls coming in is increasing.
In fact, Chevrolet says more than 1,000 Spanish speakers press the OnStar button every day, which is 30% more than in 2013.
“We understand that not all Chevrolet owners speak English fluently or at all…” said Terry Inch, executive director of GM’s Global Connected Customer Experience. “As a result, OnStar has a dedicated team of advisors who can help Spanish-speaking customers keep safe, connected and ready for the road ahead.”
Chevrolet owners can have their OnStar requests automatically routed to the Spanish team if they want. They can either set this up at the dealership with an OnStar welcome call or request the feature themselves at any time by pressing the blue OnStar button in their Chevrolet vehicle.
Every new Chevrolet vehicle includes the OnStar Basic Plan for five years at no charge. The Basic Plan includes great features like Dealer Maintenance Notification, Advanced Diagnostics, and access to the myChevrolet mobile app.
Here at El Dorado Chevrolet, we are here to help any of our customers with any of their OnStar needs.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It falls on May 14th this year, so there is still time to prepare a gift for your mom, wife, or other significant woman in your life. If your wife or mother is like most moms, she likely spends a lot of time in the car, driving to and from work, shuttling the kids here and there, and running errands. That is why car gifts for mom are not a bad idea.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Car detailing – If the mom in your life is constantly toting children from one activity to the next, odds are high, her car is pretty dirty and covered in everything little kids leave behind. Surprise her with a car detailing so it looks and smells like new again.
Satellite radio – Give her the gift of listening to whatever music she wants wherever she is without commercials. If her car is equipped with satellite radio already, buy her a subscription.
Love notes – Write out a bunch of love notes and leave them hidden away in her car. Some she will find right away, but others might not appear for months. Every note she finds will fill her with joy.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is a monster on the track, but it pales in comparison to the latest creation to roll out of the production facility. The new Chevrolet Camaro race car is a proven monster with a literal track-ready design. The Camaro GT4.R is ready to take the track by storm thanks to a whole host of equipment that optimizes performance.
Chevrolet released the first photos of the real race car just a few weeks ago and there are few words that properly describe it. Astounding doesn’t quite do the car justice. Based on the 2017 Camaro ZL1 production muscle car, the race model packs a powerful engine and plenty of track-oriented features.
A new aero kit keeps all four tires on the ground while special Ohlins coil-overs and Brembo brakes do the heavy lifting. The 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine comes mated to a six-speed transmission. Paddle shifters the transmission which also features adjustable traction control to avoid any accidental impacts with the wall.
The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R saw some time in a wind tunnel to help improve aerodynamics. The end result was the addition of a new front splitter, diveplanes, and rear wing.
We at El Dorado Chevrolet are excited to see how well the new Chevrolet Camaro race car performs on the track!
A simple wash and wax is great, but what every car really needs is some love and care to kick off spring. Vehicles that have endured a harsh winter are in need of some routine maintenance in order to prepare for warmer weather. Check out these spring car maintenance tips from us here at El Dorado Chevrolet and enjoy the warmer weather!
Tires – Fluctuations in temperature can cause your tire pressure to go up and down constantly. That’s why it’s important to check each tire’s pressure once a week to ensure they’re properly inflated. As the weather gets warmer, your tire pressure will likely rise, so be sure to keep an eye out to avoid over-inflation problems.
Wipers – Winter isn’t exactly a lightweight in many climates, so odds are your wipers felt some of the pain. Worn wipers simply won’t do in heavy spring rains. Take a few minutes out of your day to replace your old wipers with a new set. They’re relatively inexpensive and are a vital safety feature to your vehicle.
Battery – A car requires more current to start during colder weather. That can put some strain on your car’s battery, which is why it’s important to look it over once a month. If your battery is more than two years old, consider getting a new one, just to be safe.
It’s already March, which means that spring is right around the corner and the weather is already starting to warm up. No more jackets and gloves! With the warm weather and the sprouting greenery, it’s easy to be lured into the great outdoors and get bit by the camping bug. El Dorado Chevrolet knows there are some great places to go camping in McKinney; you just need to know where to look!
Erwin Park: This self-described “rustic campground” offers everything from playgrounds to picnic pavilions to cycling and hiking trails for the explorers at heart. Call in advance for campground availability.
Texas Star RV Ranch: This secluded RV roost offers nice spots for plenty of peace and quiet. It offers free Wi-Fi and is pet-friendly, too, so you don’t have to leave your best friend or your phone behind.
Lighthouse RV Resort: Another RV campsite, you get lots of amenities here like laundry facilities, a pool, mini-golf, playgrounds, and even security monitoring at night. There are even places to work out if you want to stay in shape on vacation.
Camping in McKinney is fun and gives you a chance to get out of your home and into the Texas spring weather, before the heat kicks in during the summertime months. Feel Free to come on down to El Dorado Chevrolet and Check out our wide selection of SUV’s that would work great for storing and transporting all your camping gear!
What do Chevrolet owners love more than their Chevy models? Well, according to statistics, mobile data. A recent look at how much data is used by Chevrolet owners when driving their vehicles suggests that drivers love having Wi-Fi on the go. The survey says that Chevy drivers who have OnStar 4G LTE used a grand total of 4.2 million gigabytes of data last year in 2016, a 200% increase over the amount of data used on the go the previous year.
The reason? Demand for fun stuff inside your vehicle—such as music, movies, integrated navigation, and other connectivity features that make life easier—has skyrocketed. According to GM North America president Alan Batey, drivers now consider these features “an integral part of their day-to-day lives.”
Chevy broke down the stats even further to show which nameplates get the most data usage. Between 2015 and 2016, the Suburban and Tahoe showed the biggest increase, showcasing that OnStar 4G LTE tends to be the most popular among large, family-friendly SUVs. No surprise there, considering the popularity of built-in entertainment systems that features on-the-go movies and audio books.
If you’re interested in getting OnStar 4G LTE in your next vehicle, El Dorado Chevrolet can introduce you to a variety of subscription plans and help you through the process.
Anticipation for the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has grown to a fever pitch. Fans thought they might get a taste at the recent Detroit Auto Show. But alas, Chevy chose to keep the ZR1 under wraps. CarScoops theorizes this may have been a strategic move to focus attention on the all-new design of the Chevrolet Traverse, which admittedly is also big news, but more on the family-friendly side of things.
On the track-worthy side of things, the upcoming ZR1 is indeed good reason for excitement. A big reason is what we’ll find under the hood. Details are scant on the new LT5 engine. What we do know is that it is a twin-turbo V8 capable of an excess of 700 horsepower (at least one source puts it at 750 horsepower). It will replace the current GM powerhouse, a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that powers the Z06 model.
The overall design of the ZR1 will have to be altered to support the new engine. Exchanging a supercharger for two turbochargers means that the engine will feature a new cooling scheme. This also means you’ll see air intakes on the front fascia of the ZR1.
Word on the street is that we won’t lay eyes on the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 until the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.
It makes sense that the US Army is the only party who has access to the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. Whoever is behind the wheel of this super-truck is the veritable king of the road—an important title when you are engaged in desert warfare.
The ZH2 is very big, as any proper war machine should. At six-and-a-half feet tall and seven feet wide, this is one intimidating truck. And sitting on 37-inch tires with a “specially modified suspension,” it’s able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! …Well, not really. But it has no trouble negotiating difficult desert terrain.
Despite the belittling effect its size might have on the enemy, the ZH2 is designed for stealth. This is where its unique powertrain comes into play.
A state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell powers the ZH2. The Army has employed the truck to study whether hydrogen fuel-cell technology can provide “near-silent operation” and “reduced thermal signatures” — two qualities essential for stealth. Fuel cells also provide high torque, important for off-road operation. The Army is even studying how to use the H2O by-product in the field.
Charlie Freese, the man who oversees all things fuel cell at GM, said the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is “a terrific example of GM’s engineering and design skill.” It’s hard not to agree.