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!

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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.

Do I Need Winter Tires?

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When winter arrives, traveling—even just around town—can be difficult with inclement weather. This is why it’s important for you to get winter tires on your vehicle, regardless of what type of vehicle you drive. From those with sedans to those with pickup trucks, winter tires make it easier for you to navigate because they offer better traction than other tires on the market today. If you’re curious about getting winter tires, the following information will help sway you into doing so.

The Benefits

Winter tires allow you to handle the roads in a more profound way. Even if you have all-season tires, winter tires have better technology to provide enhanced traction. If you place summer tires on your vehicle, you’ll definitely want to switch to winter tires because they don’t perform well once the temperature gets cold. Finally, for SUVs or pickup trucks that come with all-wheel drive, adding snow tires gives you the enhanced traction on the road as well as the power needed to keep moving in snowy and icy conditions.

So how are winter tires better?

  • They consist of flexible rubber compounds that contact the road in cold conditions.
  • The tread designs offer maximum grip in all types of weather.
  • Extra slots make it easier for these tires to grab onto snow.
  • Special tread compounds ensure traction is achieved even on icy conditions.

Stay Focused

Aside from getting snow tires on your vehicle, the winter conditions can be tough to manage. During this time, it’s extremely important for you to ensure you are using preventative driving measures and paying extra attention to what’s going on in front of you. In addition, be smart about how fast you’re driving, especially when the conditions are slippery. When you’re focused and alert, you can improve the way you handle the road.

Let Bowman Chevrolet Help

When purchasing winter tires, it’s a good idea to purchase them from a trusted source who knows your vehicle inside and out. Bowman Chevrolet has a talented service center that can help provide you with the right tires for your vehicle and even have them installed quickly. Visit us today at 6750 Dixie Highway in Clarkston, MI or contact us at 877-3345-9943 to find out more about our current offers.

Why Won’t My Car Start? Bowman Chevy has the Answers!

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“Why won’t my car start?” If you have recently asked this question, Bowman Chevy is here to help. There are several possible reasons why your car isn’t starting properly. Schedule your service appointment today, and our technicians will get your vehicle back up and running in no time.

Possible Problems

  • Dead battery – Most often, a dead battery is the cause of a no-start. The battery may also be weak, causing a low, groaning sound. Instrument panel lights may also be dim. Typically, a jump-start should at least temporarily fix this issue, but it is important to find the cause of the dead battery to prevent the problem in the near future.
  • Bad starter – A bad starter may seem like a weak battery, causing the same type of sound, but it is a different issue. You may also hear a grinding sound, or the starter may not turn over at all.
  • Out of gas – This may seem like a no-brainer, but it does happen. Check the needle on your fuel gauge to see if it is the culprit.
  • Faulty alternator – When the alternator is not operating at peak performance, the battery may not get properly charged.
  • Weak fuel pump – You may have plenty of fuel in the tank, but if the fuel pump is weak, that fuel may be prevented from reaching the engine.
  • Worn spark plugs – Because spark plugs typically don’t need to be replaced until the 100,000-mile mark, this simple task is often overlooked.

Schedule a Service Appointment Today

If you are unsure about what is preventing your vehicle from starting properly, the experts at Bowman Chevy would be glad to assist you. Our state-of-the-art facility has all of the latest diagnostic tools to find precisely what is wrong with your vehicle. Our certified technicians have the knowledge, training, and expertise to get your vehicle back to peak performance. Set up your appointment today, and be back on the road sooner than you may think! Contact us for more information.