Why Are Tire Rotations Important?

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Rotating your tires is probably not a chore you think about too often, and there’s no alert or warning light to remind you to do it. Why are tire rotations important? Because doing it consistently prolongs the life of your tires and helps keep you and your passengers safe.

Listen to the Recommendations

Take a moment to check your manual to see how often you should be rotating your tires and what the rotation pattern should be. Then, put a calendar alert in your phone or write yourself a reminder. Great! You’ve just taken a big step toward keeping your tires healthy and in good condition. Experts recommend rotating your tires regularly to help maintain even treads on all four tires. That’s important for several reasons:

  • Your ride is smooth and comfortable, with minimal vibrations.
  • The suspension components take less abuse because of the smoother ride.
  • Gas mileage is better when your car is running smoothly and efficiently.
  • Regular tire checks help spot minor issues before they become big problems, which can save you money and major headaches.

What Happens if You Don’t Rotate Your Tires?

Your tires will begin to wear unevenly if you don’t rotate your tires, and this is shown in variations in the tread depth. You (or your service professional) can measure the tread depth in several spots on each tire, and if there are some big differences, then your tires are not wearing properly. An example of this is called “tread feathering.” Tread feathering is quite common, and you can feel it just by touching your tires. If the blocks have sharp edges on one side and rounded edges on the other, then you know that your tires should have already been rotated.

Your front tires also wear out differently than your rear tires, which happens because of the different demands placed on them. That’s why rotating your tires so they work in both the front and back positions helps them last longer and even out their wear.

If your tires are wearing unevenly, you can actually hear and feel more vibrations and road noise, especially on the steering wheel. Pay attention if you notice these symptoms, and take your car in for a tire rotation.

Schedule Your Next Tire Rotation

Tire rotations aren’t just important, they’re vital to the life of your tires. Schedule your vehicle’s next tire rotation at Bowman Chevy’s service department, where we’ll take good care of your tires and whatever else you need. Contact us now to get your tires in tip top shape!

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What’s the Difference Between an Automatic and Manual Transmission?

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Automatic vs. manual transmission? Gone are the days when every teenager learned how to drive on a stick shift car. Now, it’s much harder to even find cars equipped with manual transmission, unless you’re in search of one. Why? Well, let’s take a look at the difference between the two. They both take the energy from the engine and channel it to the wheels, with gears making sure that the wheels don’t spin as fast as the engine, but automatic and manual transmissions work in very different ways.

 

Automatic Transmission

Automatic transmissions are popular and widespread, frankly, because it’s less work to drive. You don’t have to shift gears manually, and you only have two pedals to deal with – the accelerator and the brake. If you commute in a lot of traffic or live in a hilly area, you’re likely to prefer an automatic because your foot won’t constantly be on the clutch. Another big benefit of an automatic is that it’s practically impossible to stall out, unlike a manual transmission. Also, automatic transmissions don’t require as much maintenance, so there’s a cost-savings there, too.

Manual Transmission

A car with a manual transmission, or stick shift, may seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually fun to learn and drive in the right situations. Besides the brake and accelerator, you also use a clutch pedal to switch gears. It’s a timing thing, and if you make a mistake, it’s easy to stall out. However, driving a stick shift car is an engaging experience, and you feel an element of control that’s missing when you drive an automatic. Plus, manual transmissions are found all over the world, so knowing how to drive one is a key skill.

What’s Your Choice?

Automatic vs. manual transmission is a personal preference, and you should really take the time to explore what’s right for you. Bowman Chevy would love to help you out with that. We’re happy to show you both types of vehicles and have you test drive whatever you want. Our state-of-the-art service center can also take care of all your maintenance and repair needs. Come on down and see us, or contact us online today to schedule an appointment!

What is StabiliTrak®, Anyway?

 

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StabiliTrak® is the the perfect name for this Electronic Stability Control System designed to keep your vehicle stable and on track, vastly improving safety in a variety of situations. Standard on all Chevrolet vehicles, StabiliTrak® helps drivers be more confident, especially in low-traction, uncertain driving situations.

StabiliTrak® Benefits

This system takes a lot of the stress out of driving when you feel like you don’t have as much control of your vehicle. Benefits include:

  • More control when you don’t have as much traction, like in ice, snow, rain, and on loose dirt and uneven pavement
  • Smooth stability during sudden lane changes or actions to avoid other cars or obstacles
  • Reliable assistance to help keep you on your intended path, including automatic reduction of engine power and braking
  • Help avoiding collisions, thanks to increased stability and control

How Does StabiliTrak® Work?

Chevrolet’s goal is to help you avoid collisions completely, and StabiliTrak® is a great example of proactive technology that is always working behind the scenes to protect you and your passengers. The system is engineered to monitor and compare your steering input with the way the vehicle is actually responding. Its control module manages that function and springs into action via minute engine torque and braking applications if it determines that you’re losing lateral traction. There’s no need for you to engage the system.

StabiliTrak® In Action

Here’s an example of how StabiliTrak® works. Let’s say your car begins to fishtail on a slick, wet road. The system would sense the back end losing traction and control, and it would automatically apply the outside front brake to counteract that motion and put your vehicle back on track. Or, maybe you’re trying to make a turn on a slippery road, and your car doesn’t respond. StabiliTrak® would automatically apply the inside front brake and return your car to your intended path.

StabiliTrak® Demonstration

At Bowman Chevy, we can show you the ins and outs of StabiliTrak® – how it works and the many benefits it provides. We’d love to show you our inventory and give you a full demonstration. Give us a call at 877-433-5922, or contact us online today to find out more about this proven collision-avoiding technology!

Vehicle Safety Kit Checklist

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Although Chevy vehicles are expertly designed with safety as a top priority, having a vehicle safety kit in your car can give you added peace of mind. What should be included in your vehicle safety kit? Explore our checklist below!

Our Handy Checklist

  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares
  • Rags
  • Rain poncho
  • Tarp
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Duct tape
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Water bottles and non-perishable snacks
  • A first aid kit (include bandages, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, cotton balls, gauze pads, and aspirin)

Other Additional Items

There are several other items that may be beneficial to include depending on your driving needs and location.

  • Ice scraper
  • Blankets or other warm clothing items
  • Cat litter (for slick roads)
  • Battery-powered fan
  • Antifreeze/brake fluid (if you have an older vehicle)

How Should I Pack My Vehicle Safety Kit?

There are a few tips to consider when building your vehicle safety kit. First, find a clear plastic container that has a secure lid. Second, make sure everything is arranged neatly. It is best if items are in a single layer for easy access. Third, list all of the items in the kit and attach that list to the lid of the container. Lastly, keep tabs on each item in the kit and replace anything that is used up or expired.

Visit Bowman Chevy Today

Chevy prides itself on producing vehicles with all of the latest safety amenities, but it is a good idea to create a vehicle safety kit for your car in case of any unexpected emergencies. For more information about vehicle safety, contact Bowman Chevy.

You’ll Score With the Benefits of an Oil Change

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Oil changes. You’ve got to love that something so simple can reap such big rewards! The benefits of an oil change include preventing breakdowns and costly repairs, and when it comes down to it, consistent oil changes will help your car live a longer, healthier life. Here’s the scoop:

The Lowdown

You should change your oil every 3,000 miles or every three months, unless your car utilizes high performance oil or your manufacturer recommends a 5,000 mile interval. Check your manual or consult with a service professional to understand which schedule is best for your vehicle. You can get your oil changed at a dealership like Bowman Chevy, or you can do it yourself –  just make sure you stay consistent.

Improved Engine Performance and Fuel Economy

Changing your oil cleans and lubricates all the moving parts inside the engine, which not only makes it run more quietly and smoothly, but it also creates the perfect environment for better fuel economy. Without the extra friction that comes with dirt and debris building up inside your engine, it can run faster and at optimum efficiency.

Clean Machine

Like with anything that you clean regularly, dirt and debris doesn’t get a chance to build up and harden inside your engine when you change the oil frequently. Old oil that’s gooey and filled with chunks can damage vital engine parts, and that doesn’t get a chance to happen when you stay on top of your oil maintenance. And with constant lubrication, your engine stays protected against component breakdown and is less likely to burn dirty particles and release toxic emissions into the air. Clean oil equals less pollution.

Oil Changes & Bowman Chevy

Start experiencing the benefits of an oil change by scheduling your next appointment with Bowman Chevy. Our service team provides quality, efficiency, and professionalism, and we’ll even help you stay up to date on when you’re due for service again. We can handle everything from simple oil changes to complex repairs, so simply make an appointment online, or call us anytime at 877-345-9343. We’d love to hear from you, so contact us today!