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!

How to Protect Your Car from Road Salt

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Winter driving can take a toll as you navigate snow, ice, and dangerous storms for months on end. Learning how to protect your car from road salt will help extend the life and performance of your vehicle, and can help you avoid costly repairs in the future. Protect your car from extreme cold, and receive total peace of mind while driving this winter.

What does road salt do to cars?

Road salt is helpful for creating safe driving conditions during winters in Waterford, but it is not a friend to your car. If left to its own devices, salt can lead to rust and corrosion on multiple areas of your vehicle, particularly underneath and near the wheels. The longer salt sits on your car, the more damage it can cause, leading to expensive repairs to the hydraulic brake system, subframe, and more. Not only will it affect the performance of your car, but exterior rust is also an eyesoar, bringing down the value and your overall satisfaction with your ride.

How do I prevent car rust during winter?

To shield your car against harmful winter corrosion, follow these helpful tips:

  • Wash your car as frequently as possible to remove salt from the exterior. If available, choose the extra undercarriage wash options to blast away any salt hiding below. Once your car is clean, be sure to open all the doors to let out any accumulated water that could freeze if left alone.
  • Be sure to keep your wheels and tires free from chunks of ice, leaves, and any other materials. Salt can collect in these tight spaces, so it’s important to visually inspect them on a regular basis. This applies to your grill as well.
  • Check to ensure all floor and frame drainage holes are not blocked and can safely allow any and all moisture to get through.

Protect Your Investment with Bowman Chevrolet

Our service team wants to make sure all our Oakland County clients drive with confidence during winter, and we’re here to help with all the winter driving tips you need. Check out our current service specials to keep your vehicle running at its best for less!

Why Take a Car Test Drive Before You Buy?

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Busy drivers sometimes wonder, “Why take a car test drive before you buy?” After all, many drivers think they know exactly what they want when they step onto the lot. But, you may be surprised when you’re behind the wheel! At Bowman Chevy, we have a few tips and tricks to make sure that you get the most out of your new car test drive – and find the perfect car for you!

Planning Your New Car Test Drive

By doing a little prep work ahead of time, you can save time at the dealership and get a better sense of what each vehicle brings to the table.

  • Research your options extensively and create a short list of your potential options. Don’t forget to consider your trade-in vehicle when setting your budget!
  • Plan a day to devote to test drives. You’ll want to compare each vehicle back-to-back, so you can spot the subtle differences between each model.
  • Try to bring a friend or family member along to catch things that you might miss. Plus, they can check out the passenger accommodations while you’re in the driver’s seat!
  • Consider checking out your top two vehicles in a nighttime test drive to evaluate the headlights and cabin illumination.

Getting Behind the Wheel

When you get to the dealership, let your sales rep know which vehicles are on your mind to streamline the process. They might even recommend models that you may have missed. After the keys are in your hand, take note of the following areas:

  • Comfort: How do the seats feel? Do you have enough space?
  • Technology: Can you sync your smartphone with the tech options onboard?
  • Performance: Do you feel comfortable on both city roads and highways? Try to park. Can you navigate easily?
  • Visibility: Can you see in every direction without strain? How is the blind spot?
  • Noise: Do you hear tons of road noise and wind noise, or is the cabin quiet?

Make some notes so you can compare each vehicle when you’re done for the day.

The Next Steps

Now that you know how to test drive a car and you’ve found the right model, what’s next? Find out what to do after buying a car with Bowman Chevy in Clarkston, near Detroit and Waterford. Still have questions? Contact us at any time!

 

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!

How to Trade in a Car

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Wondering how to trade in a car and maximize your profits? It’s easy, if you follow some key steps.

How do You Trade in a Car?

Ultimately, you want to get as much money as possible for your trade in. Accomplishing this is all about arming yourself with information:

  • Estimate your car’s trade-in value. Go online for pricing guides and third-party data.
  • Get quotes for your trade-in. Call or email local dealers for trade-in appraisal.
  • Use your new car purchase as leverage. Keep your trade-in and new car purchase negotiations separate.
  • You don’t have to trade in your car. You can always sell your car to a private party if you don’t like your offers.

When to Trade in a Car

When you don’t owe any money on your car, trading it in is a no-brainer. If you have a car loan, things can get a little dicey if you owe more than your car is worth because you’ll have to pay the difference.

Bowman Chevy Trade-In Resources

If you need help with your trade-in, car loans, or deciding how to finance your next vehicle, Bowman Chevy is here for you with a wealth of resources. We’re located in Clarkston, and we’re close to Detroit and Waterford. Contact us today!