OnStar 4G LTE

OnStarThere was a time when the notion of having internet inside one’s vehicle ranked right up there with the idea of flying cars—it was the stuff of science fiction. Those days are long gone now, however, and internet connectivity inside vehicles is becoming commonplace. Many Chevy models, for instance, are now equipped with wireless internet capabilities through OnStar 4G LTE.

Powered by OnStar

When an automobile is equipped with wireless internet through OnStar, accessing it as simple as turning on the vehicle. Once the car is on, the OnStar mobile hotspot is available and ready for use, and passengers inside the vehicle can connect their devices and begin using the Internet.

OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi offers a robust signal, which means those using the internet inside the vehicle can enjoy a fast and reliable connection. The problem of a mobile device’s battery running down due to producing a hotspot is a worry no more, since the OnStar hotspot is powered the vehicle rather than a phone or other wireless device.

Ultimate Safety and Convenience

The presence of OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability gives new meaning to the term “mobile office,” as it enables businesspeople to stay in touch on the go like never before. If you’re traveling and suddenly realize you forgot to turn in a report or reply to an important email, resolving the problem is now as easy as pulling over and firing up your laptop or tablet.

Other benefits are also available when you have OnStar onboard your vehicle, including the capability of SOS emergency services, navigation services, advanced vehicle diagnostics services, and more.

Experience the Power of OnStar

Drivers can explore an array of vehicles that come equipped with OnStar 4G LTE at Bowman Chevrolet. Stop by our showroom, located at 6750 Dixie Hwy. in Clarkston, or contact us today to learn more about OnStar services and the vehicles we have in stock that are equipped with this state-of-the-art technology. When you’ve identified the OnStar-equipped vehicles you’re interested in, a member of our team will be glad to answer all of your questions about those vehicles and then set you up on a test drive of each. Stop in and see us today!

Key Spark Plug Warning Signs to Remember

Spark PlugsIf you want to care for your car properly, it’s important to learn the spark plug warning signs to prevent bigger problems down the line. Our service department at Bowman Chevy can help you understand your vehicle better and fix any spark plug mishaps along the way. Keep reading to see if any of the following warning signs apply to your vehicle, and then come to our service center for a thorough inspection from our experts. You can also book your appointment with us online, available for use 24/7.

Engine Problems

If you feel the engine stumbling when you try to turn it on, then this is what is known as an “engine misfire.” This common spark plug malfunction is something that our service department can fix easily. Do not delay when it comes to this simple repair! Misfiring increases exhaust emissions, lowers your fuel economy average, and diminishes engine power. If the engine is having a hard time turning on at all, this could also be from spark plug deterioration. The best thing to do is talk to our experts to really pinpoint the issue.

Lessened Acceleration

When your vehicle has noticeably weaker acceleration, it is likely that it needs new spark plugs. A dead spark plug makes the engine think it is overworked, which hinders performance. This is another simple fix for our mechanics.

Heavy Fuel Usage

Are you noticing a change in fuel economy? Eroding spark plugs could be the culprit. Fuel doesn’t combust properly when the spark plugs are worn, since the plug electrodes may shift. Save your wallet from unnecessary trips to the gas station and visit our service department.

Hard Idling

Damaged or old spark plugs will make the car feel jittery. You will feel the car stutter harshly, even while completely stationary. Make sure to bring in your car when you begin to notice these warning signs. If you don’t replace the spark plugs, your engine will undergo even further damage that can be much more expensive.

Let Bowman Chevy Handle Spark Plugs

You deserve a vehicle that runs in pristine condition. Come visit our service department at Bowman Chevy today! We can detect and correct spark plug warning signs. We will also examine your vehicle for any other possible issues. Contact us online for any questions.

Tips for Car Detailing Like the Pros

Soapy SpongeYour car deserves the very best, so take a look at these tips for car detailing just like the professionals. Our service center recommends regular detailing to maintain the good looks of your vehicle, along with regular mechanic service to keep your car in great shape. Explore our expert tips for DIY detailing, or make your appointment with the Bowman Chevy service center for a professional touch.

Our Top Ten Tips

What should you pay attention to while detailing at home?

  • Take one section of the car at a time. Start with the exterior one day and try the interior the next day. It’s best to take your time for the finest results. Don’t hop back and forth between areas, but really concentrate on every section individually.
  • When you are ready to move to the car interior, use an air compressor to move all the dirt and crumbs to the middle of the carpets. Vacuum the dirt, and then pull the carpets out and scrub them with stiff brushes to loosen more debris.
  • Make sure to have a portable air compressor to clean vents and the air filter. Dust is one of the top culprits for unpleasant car odors, so this can really improve your ambiance.
  • Clean your tires with a non-acid cleanser. Acid cleansers harm your wheels! You should also clean the tires with a degreaser, but not a detergent. Also, make sure to work on tires and wheels before you clean the rest of the car’s paint.
  • Your car looks great after a classic hand wash! Only use a solution meant for cars. Dry it off with a squeegee to prevent water spots.
  • Use a paint-cleaning clay to make the car’s surface smooth again. After the wash and dry, you can run your hands along the car’s body. If there are rough spots, then your car will benefit from a little TLC.
  • Make your car ultra-shiny with an oscillating buffer. There are many kits on the market for DIY detailers.
  • Use a paint-protecting wax to guard your car from the elements: UV rays, dirt, and more. Usually cars only need two good coats.
  • In between waxes, we recommend a liquid wax spray to touch up spots.
  • Glass should be the last cleaning step! Buff and clean with a microfiber cloth.

Bring Your Vehicle to Bowman Chevy!

After reading our pro tips for car detailing, you may feel ready to spruce up your vehicle’s appearance. But, if you have a few questions, get expert service from our mechanic center. Come to Bowman Chevy today for a consultation with our service department. Contact us online and we’ll get in touch!

Bowman Chevy DIY Tips: How to Restore Headlights

If you’ve noticed your car’s headlights have become foggy over time, you’re not alone. The natural process of “oxidation” can dim even the brightest lights. However, a little DIY wet sanding can restore the radiance in just a few hours! Learn how to restore headlights in just a few simple steps, or head to our service department for additional assistance!

Getting Ready

Before you start, you will need:

  • Blue Chevy Cruze headlightAutomotive masking tape
  • Sandpaper in 800, 1,000, and 2,000 grits
  • Shop towels
  • Automotive rubbing compound
  • Electric drill
  • Compound pad with drill adapter
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle filled with water (can add a small amount of soap for lubrication)
  • Small measuring cup
  • Odorless mineral spirits
  • Clear gloss spar urethane

Getting Started

Place automotive masking tape around the headlights to protect the paint from accidental scratches. Next, cut the sandpaper sheets into fourths. Spray a quarter sheet of the 800 grit sandpaper with your spray bottle. Place the wet sandpaper on the headlight, where it should stick on its own, and then spray the entire headlight until thoroughly wet.

Begin to slowly sand the headlight, continuing to spray water as you sand. Be sure to sand the edges and corners as well, using a fresh sheet of sandpaper for each headlight. It is helpful to sand in just one direction. Keep sanding until a uniform surface of 800 grit scratches can be easily seen, but wipe the surface with a shop towel before you check.

Rinse and Repeat

Now that you’ve mastered the wet sanding process, repeat the same steps with 1,000 grit and 2,000 grit sandpaper. Remember the key points: Sand in one direction, lubricate the surface, and wipe the surface when done. The more time you take on this step, the better your results will be. When you’ve again reached a uniform finish, you’ll see that the headlight looks noticeably clearer.

Time for the Drill

Take out the drill and attach the compound pad, or substitute a wool buffing pad and a polisher if you have them on hand. Shake the rubbing compound well and apply a generous amount to the headlight. Without turning on the drill, rub the compound over the headlight with the compound pad.

Now, it’s time to start the drill and begin polishing—but be sure to start slowly. Once the compound has spread, you can turn up the drill to full speed. Make sure you cover all areas of the headlight, adding more compound if needed.

Upkeep

At this stage, you are essentially finished! Your headlights should look much better. Now, it’s time to take protective measures to keep your headlights bright and shiny.

Use a shop towel and the rubbing alcohol to wipe the headlights, which will eliminate any remaining rubbing compound. Then, pour one ounce of spar urethane and one ounce of mineral spirits in a measuring cup. Mix well.

Now, fold a shop towel into a small square and dip it into the spirits mixture. Apply carefully to avoid drips, beginning at the top of the headlight and applying in a horizontal movement as you make your way down. The clear coat will thicken quickly after application, so work steadily. Should you make a mistake, simply remove the clear coat with mineral spirits and begin again.

Let this clear coat dry for at least 30 minutes before driving the vehicle. Let the headlight sit for at least four hours before you touch it. You can hand wash after a day has passed, but normal washing can commence after three days.

See the Team at Bowman Chevrolet for All Your Service Needs

For vehicle work that cannot be performed at home, the experts at Bowman Chevrolet are at your service. Visit our dealership or contact us today!

Prepare Your Vehicle for Michigan Winters With a Little Help From Bowman Chevrolet!

winter-drivingAs winter approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the impact the seasonal change has on your vehicle’s performance. Whether you’re behind the wheel of a Silverado or a Cruze, there are a few basic preparations you can make now to ensure you’ll be ready to brave Michigan weather once the temps begin to drop.

Top Off Your Fluids

Air temperature affects all of the various fluids that are important components to healthy engine function. If it’s been awhile since your last oil change, go ahead and put that on your to-do list. Old oil thickens, and cold air further affects the oil’s viscosity, so having fresh clean oil that’s fully topped off is a great first step to winterizing your vehicle. While you’re at it, check other fluids like coolant, antifreeze, and wiper fluid, making sure are all properly filled.

Also important: when your vehicle’s fuel tank dips below half-full, fill up soon before you hit a quarter tank. If the weather causes you to lose your way, you may go further than planned on one tank of gas and could run out of fuel; or, if you become stranded, a full tank will provide warmth while you wait out the storm.

Cold Weather Gear

If your town tends to be particularly hard hit with snow, consider putting snow tires on your vehicle. Snow tires are designed to offer better traction, braking, and control on surfaces like snow and ice. Also be sure to monitor your tire’s air pressure and fill them if they are low. Cold air contracts and can make your tires under-inflated, which can lead to a blowout or other dangerous situations. Also consider installing new wiper blades on your windshield wipers. Winter blades are designed to help clear snow and ice while you are driving to ensure enhanced visibility. Additionally, be sure to have an ice scraper and/or brush handy to clear off windows and doors when starting up your vehicle after a snowfall or ice storm.

Have Your Vehicle Serviced

Other areas you might want to consider having inspected by a trained professional include your vehicle’s brakes, 4WD or AWD systems (if you have one), belts and hoses, and your heater and defroster. Additionally, have your battery tested to ensure it’s holding a charge appropriately, and look to see if it’s time to purchase a new one.

Be Prepared, Just in Case

Even if you’ve followed all of the above suggestions, unforeseen circumstances may still cause you trouble this winter. Should you become stranded or run into a distressing situation, the following items are good to have on hand should the need arise:

  • Jumper cables, cell phone, cell phone charger
  • Warm blanket, nonperishable food, bottled water
  • Ice scraper, bag of sand, shovel, road flares
  • Extra wiper fluid, motor oil, antifreeze, and coolant

Learn More at Bowman Chevrolet!

If you’re in need of help getting your current vehicle ready for the winter, or perhaps you’re considering a new truck or SUV to help you handle the ice roads, get in touch with the helpful staff at Bowman Chevrolet in Clarkston, MI!