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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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!

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!

How to Remove Scratches and Dents

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No driver wants to see a scratch on their vehicle, but your car’s appearance isn’t the only thing that can take a hit from exterior damage. If a deep scratch is left untreated, it can lead to a long-term loss of value, so it’s important to assess the damage right away. Those who act quickly may be able to save their vehicle from the rust that can form on exposed metal.

 

How to Remove Deep Scratches from Car Paint

If the scratch you’ve noticed has only penetrated the clear coat, removing the scratch may be as simple as cleaning the affected area, buffing with a scratch remover, and then washing and waxing for an even finish. However, if you believe the scratch may cut all the way through to your vehicle’s metal body, the scratch removal process can be significantly more involved:

  • After procuring the correct touch-up paint, clean the scratch using automotive soap and water. Make sure to remove any rust, or it will continue to spread underneath your new layer of paint.
  • Once the area is dry, use a small brush to apply automotive primer to the scratched area.
  • After the primer has dried, apply a layer of touch-up paint over the scratch. If the scratch is small, you may get the best results by applying the paint with a toothpick.
  • Add a layer of clear coat over the dried paint and primer. If you’re using a spray can, take steps to limit overapplication and dripping.
  • Polish the area with a polishing wheel and rubbing compound. Then, wax and wash the car to make sure that your hard work lasts.

Paintless Car Dent Removal

Depending on where you go, removing dents in your vehicle can be a costly process. Although it is possible to remove small dents by applying a plunger to the damaged area, most drivers in the Clarkston and Detroit areas will have the best experience when they visit a trusted local service center. The technicians at Bowman Chevy are well practiced in paintless car dent removal, and when you visit our collision center, you may be able to get the work you need for less.

Get the Work You Need at Bowman Chevy!

Drivers from as far out as Detroit and Waterford trust the experts at the Bowman Chevy service center. We can help you remove deep scratches and dents in just a short time, and we’ve made it easy to schedule service. If you have a problem you can’t solve on your own, contact our team today.

How to Remove Stickers from a Car

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If your sticker-covered bumper no longer reflects your current sense of style, it might be time for an auto makeover. But many Detroit drivers wonder how to remove stickers from a car without ruining the finish. Luckily, it’s surprisingly easy to learn how to remove stickers from car paint and glass surfaces. Let’s go into the supplies and techniques that you’ll need to complete the job like a pro!

 

Tools of the Trade

When you remove a sticker from a car, you’ll have to work quickly. That’s why it’s important to gather all of the supplies you’ll need in one place ahead of time. Here is your shopping list:

  • Hair dryer
  • Two clean cloths (rags, detailing towels, microfiber)
  • Tree sap remover solution
  • Razor blade or box cutter and glass cleaning solution (for glass surfaces)
  • Sturdy plastic car (credit card, library card, etc.) and quick detailing spray (for painted surfaces)

Sticker Removal Technique

Now that you have everything you need, here are the steps that you’ll need to follow to get your car clean and spotless:

  • Run your car through the car wash or clean the area surrounding the sticker by hand. You want to get rid of any dirt or debris in the area.
  • Flip on the hair dryer and blow warm air onto the surface of the sticker, keeping the nozzle a few inches above the car. Move from the center outward.
  • When the sticker feels warm, try to pry up the edge with your card or a fingernail. Use the box cutter or razor on glass surfaces, and use the plastic card for painted surfaces.
  • If the sticker moves, keep pulling. It’s okay if it breaks. Keep peeling until the entire design has released.
  • If the sticker is still stuck, repeat the previous two steps until the glue is loosened. Push your card under the sticker to nudge it free.
  • Once the sticker is off, use your card or blade to pry up any sticky residue that you notice. Use a spray of tree sap remover on a clean cloth to clear away the remaining adhesive.
  • Finish with glass cleaner or detailing spray and buff with your second clean cloth.

Find Out More with Bowman Chevy

Now that you know how to remove sticker residue from a car, want to learn how to detail your car like an expert? Let us help you at Bowman Chevy, serving Clarkston and Waterford. Contact us to get started!