How to Check Car Oil

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Did you know motor oil is considered the lifeblood of your vehicle? It’s crucial that there’s the right amount of oil at all times to protect the engine’s internal moving parts. Visit the service center at Bowman Chevy in Clarkston to learn more about the importance of your car’s oil.

Learn How to Check the Oil Level in Your Car

New vehicles have electronic oil monitors that don’t use the dipsticks most people are used to, so begin by looking at your owner’s manual for recommendations.

If you are checking the oil manually, follow these steps:

  • Park your vehicle on level ground and make sure the engine is turned off but warm – drive it a bit first.
  • Open the vehicle’s hood and locate the dipstick.
  • Pull the dipstick out of the engine and wipe any oil from the end of it.
  • Re-insert the dipstick all the way back into its tube, then pull it out and check the level.

Dipsticks will have a way of showing the correct oil level. If the top of your oil streak is between the two marks or within a cross-hatched area, you’re good. If not, you need more oil.

Refer to the owner’s manual about which oil grade to purchase, then remove the oil filler cap, and add oil a little at a time until you’ve reached the correct level.

Learn More About Checking Your Oil at Bowman Chevy

If you get stuck and need assistance, visit the service department at Bowman Chevy near Waterford, and we’ll take care of you. Contact us today with any questions about your car’s maintenance, if you have unbalanced tires, or to schedule a service appointment. Browse our current service specials and save on your next appointment!

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Cold Weather Maintenance Tips

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The frigid winters of Detroit and Waterford can be daunting even for the most experienced driver, but our cold weather maintenance tips will ensure that you stay safe all season long. From our favorite winter car accessories to our favorite winterizing services, we’ve got tried-and-true tips that will improve your driving experience tremendously.

 

Taking Care of Tires

Good tire care is the key to maintaining a safe and secure ride during the snowy months. One of the most important things to check regularly is your air pressure. Cold weather causes your tires to lose pressure quickly, so be sure to grab your gauge every month to double check your inflation. Not sure what your pressure should be? Check inside the door frame or inside your glove box. Now is also a good time to consider shopping for winter tires for extra traction!

Checking Your Components

Winter weather can be tough on your car’s components, so be sure to keep an eye on the following:

  • Monitor your windshield for any small cracks. As you turn on the heater, your windshield can flex and make the tiniest cracks grow.
  • Watch your wipers. Flip them up in the cold to prevent them from freezing to the windshield, and consider getting a winter set of wipers for ice and snow.
  • Check your battery. If it’s been 5 years or longer since your purchase, get a replacement. Dead batteries are a major cause of car trouble in the cold.

Driving Like a Pro

Learning how to winterize your car is only half the battle. It’s also important to learn how to drive carefully in the cold. For example, you should warm up your vehicle before hitting the road, but there’s no need to burn off half a tank of gas. Experts recommend warming up for a few minutes to get the car lubricated and the engine primed. Additionally, be sure to check your gas levels. A full tank will prevent moisture-laden air from freezing and causing issues inside the car.

Get Quality Winterize Car Services at Bowman Chevy

If you’re interested in a few car services to winterize your vehicle before the worst of winter, or to learn how to prevent car theft, contact us at Bowman Chevy in Clarkston. You can even schedule your service online!

Strange Car Noises

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If you’re used to the peace and quiet of your morning commute, then strange car noises are an alarming development. And while car grinding and squealing noises might send you into a panic, it’s important to take a moment to listen closely. These strange car noises can be a huge clue while diagnosing problems under the hood. From frayed belts to worn brakes to tire troubles, we’ve assembled a brief guide to point you in the right direction.

Squeaks and Squeals

Notice a high-pitched sound coming from the vehicle? These squeaks and squeals can indicate several problems, so pay attention to when you notice the noise.

  • Belts: If you hear a squeal when you shut down the engine, then your belt may be damaged. You might need a replacement or just a simple readjustment.
  • Brakes: Squealing brakes indicate overly worn brake pads. Be sure to stick to your scheduled maintenance to ensure that your brakes stay in top condition.
  • Bearings: If you hear a whining sound during corners, your wheel bearings may need some work. A fresh set can bring the life back into your vehicle.

Car Grinding and Rumbles

A high-pitched squeal is hard to miss, but sometimes strange car noises are a bit more subtle. See if any of these noises sound familiar!

  • Exhaust and Muffler: Notice a rumble toward the back of the car? This is often an issue with your exhaust system, but it could be the catalytic converter. Best to schedule an appointment to get your car on a hoist immediately!
  • Suspension System: If your car lets out a clunk when you hit a speed bump, it’s time to get that suspension system in line. It might be an issue with the shock absorbers.
  • Tires and Wheels: A rhythmic ticking might mean your tires and wheels need some work. The issue could be anything from low air pressure to an unbalanced set.

Schedule Your Service Today!

If you’re fed up with strange car noises, then schedule your service with Bowman Chevy today. We’re located in Clarkston, near Detroit and Waterford, and we’d be happy to bring your car back to peak performance. Still have questions? Contact us online at any time!

Warning Signs Your Car May Need Chevy Certified Service

Has it been awhile since your last vehicle service appointment? If you notice any of the warning signs that it is time for maintenance, the Chevrolet Certified Service Department at Bowman Chevy would be glad to assist you. What are the warning signs you should look out for?

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“In the event that something goes wrong, there are usually warning signs that led up to it. By following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and heeding the warning signs that your vehicle may need service, you can have added peace of mind driving. Some of the warning signs that your vehicle may need service include fluid leaking, lower gas mileage, not starting right away, grinding or squeaking brakes, strange noises, or your vehicle starts drifting to one side or the other. Dashboard warning lights, like the check engine light, oil pressure warning light, coolant temp warning light, or the tire pressure monitor alert, also help warn about potential problems. All these signs mean it’s time for maintenance, and Chevrolet Certified Service can help you with the necessary repairs. Call or click to schedule your appointment today.”

Schedule an Appointment at Bowman Chevy

It is quick and convenient to schedule your next service appointment. Simply fill out our online form, or give us a call at (877) 345-9943.

OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

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When your car is in need of a replacement part or when you are looking to upgrade your vehicle with accessories, there are many options on the market. You may be wondering about the difference between OEM vs. aftermarket parts. While aftermarket parts may have an attractive price point, there are many reasons to opt for OEM parts from Bowman Chevrolet.

What are Aftermarket Parts?

An aftermarket part is any auto part or accessory that is not produced by the original manufacturer of the car. While aftermarket parts may be cheaper than those directly sourced from the original manufacturer, there are a few things to consider.

  • Overwhelming selection – With aftermarket parts, there could be dozens of options for even the most simple components, like spark plugs. This could make it difficult to decide on the best option, and you could end up getting stuck with a low quality part.
  • Quality can vary immensely – When compared with OEM parts, some aftermarket parts may be inferior due to the use of lower quality materials in production. Although the price tag may be attractive, sometimes you get what you pay for.
  • Lack of warranty – To ensure a low price point, may aftermarket parts come without a warranty. Some may even void a vehicle’s warranty.

Why Choose OEM Parts?

OEM parts are created by the vehicle’s manufacturer, so they are a perfect match for the parts they replace. What are some of the benefits of OEM parts?

  • Selection is easy – With OEM parts, there is usually just one type available, so you don’t have to try to determine the quality of the part you choose.
  • Assurance of quality – Because the OEM part you get is exactly the same as the one it replaces, you are familiar with its performance.
  • Warranties are included – Most OEM parts come with at least a one-year warranty against any defects.

Visit the Bowman Chevy Parts Department

At Bowman Chevy, we are proud to offer high quality auto parts to ensure your vehicle operates at peak performance for many years to come. Stop by today to browse our extensive inventory, or set up a service appointment for anything from routine maintenance to extensive repairs from the comfort of your home.