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How to Keep Your Vehicle In Shape When the Roads Are Rough

Elizabeth City,NC., Feb. 22, 2012 – While on our daily commute, most of us encounter at least one nasty pothole, especially those who have to drive down Riverside road. Aside from the initial jolt from hitting a pothole or the rumbling of driving over a “washboard” patch, the damage to your vehicle can really add up if you don’t properly maintain it. Potholes can even be deadly for motorcyclist and drivers traveling at excessive speeds. At Performance Chevrolet, we want to give you some advice for handling potholes and what you can do for you vehicle after hitting them to keep your vehicle in safe driving conditions.

The first question we often hear is “What is the best way to deal with a pothole?” The answer is to avoid it completely. If you know there’s a big pothole on your daily commute, try finding an alternative route. We know that is easier said than done, but it is the only way to guarantee your vehicle be free of damage. If you have to drive over a pothole, the best way to go about it is to accelerate over it so the weight of the car is shifted to the rear. By hitting the breaks the entire weight of the car is shifted to the front and can result in more damage. Don’t get us wrong… We aren’t condoning speeding, but physics play a major role in your vehicle condition. By accelerating instead of breaking, you greatly reduce the chance of the damage being catastrophic. 

 

Another safety tip to keep your vehicle in shape on rough roads is to be aware of pooled water on the road. Not only can pooled water cause a potential hydroplaning situation, but they also can conceal large and dangerous potholes.

Hitting potholes can potentially pop one of your tires and can also affect your vehicles alignment over time. Each time you run over a pothole in your vehicle, the wheels become less aligned. This can cause uneven wear on your tires and cost you extra money in tire replacements and repairs. If you find yourself running over potholes frequently, bring it in to the Performance Chevrolet Certified Service Center for a free vehicle inspection by one of our ASE certified technicians. They will check your alignment and check your tires for signs of damage and premature wear.

Performance Chevrolet is located at 1005 West Ehringhaus St. in Elizabeth City. We are a family owned and operated business that strives on customer satisfaction. For more information on Performance Chevrolet, visit www.driveperry.com or give us a call at (800)-897-3779.

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Tune Up, Slow Down and Unpack to Squeeze Extra MPG

“Although Chevrolet vehicles are engineered with efficient, fuel-saving technologies, it still takes maintenance to ensure your vehicle performs as efficiently as it did when it left the factory,” said Roger Clark, General Motors Energy Center senior manager. “Drivers can improve their own fuel economy for free by making some very minor behavior changes.”

Here are a dozen tips for fuel savings from Chevrolet Certified Service:

Tune Up: A properly tuned engine can improve fuel economy about 4 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Fixing a serious issue – such as faulty oxygen sensor – can boost mileage up to 40 percent. And don’t ignore a service-engine-soon light.

Pump Up: Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. Under-inflated tires can lower fuel economy by 0.3 percent for every one pound-per-square-inch drop in the pressure of all four tires. Do not rely solely on the tire pressure monitoring system to detect an under-inflated tire – it’s best to check tires with a good gauge once a month and check your owner’s manual for more information.

Unpack: Carrying unneeded cargo makes your vehicle work harder and use more gas. The EPA says an extra 100 pounds reduces fuel economy up to 2 percent – even more in smaller vehicles. A loaded roof rack cuts fuel economy by up to 5 percent. About a quarter of each gallon of gas goes toward overcoming wind resistance, so when cargo rides on top of the vehicle, fuel economy is reduced. Even empty ski/snowboard and bike racks can affect aerodynamics, so remove them when the seasons are over.

Slow Down: While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph, according to the EPA. Every 5 mph over 60 mph is like adding an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas.

Avoid Idling: A car gets 0 mpg when the engine is idling: While it does take a small amount of fuel to restart a vehicle, 15 minutes in the drive-through can burn through a quarter of a gallon of fuel. So that dollar menu is more like a $2 menu.

Chill Out: Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in city driving.

Put it in Overdrive: Using an overdrive gear on the highway reduces engine speed, saving both fuel and engine wear.

Roll ‘Em Down Around Town: Air conditioning reduces fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent. Avoid using the air conditioner by rolling down the windows at speeds below 40 mph. At speeds above 45 mph, wind drag uses more fuel than running the A/C.

Unclog: It’s hard to run if you can’t breathe. Older cars without fuel injection and computer-controlled technology can lose 14 percent of their fuel economy because of a dirt-clogged air filter, which also can damage the engine. A clean air filter improves acceleration. An air filter full of dirt makes the engine work harder and can let in impurities that damage the engine. Replacing a severely plugged filter improves fuel economy by up to 14 percent, according to the EPA. In modern cars, replacing a dirty or clogged air filter improves acceleration performance.

Use the Right Oil: Because oil reduces engine friction and friction makes an engine work harder, using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil improves fuel economy by 1 percent to 2 percent. Plan your Trips: Taking your kids to soccer or swim classes? Grocery shopping? Plan routes and timing to avoid heavy periods of traffic congestion.

Cap Check: Loose or poorly fitting gas gaps not only can trigger a “check engine light” warning, they send 147 million gallons of gasoline into the air as vapor every year, according to a report by the Discovery Channel. A missing or poorly fitting cap can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent. Want more tips? Check with your local Chevrolet Certified Service technician.

About Chevrolet: Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 120 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly to gas-free” solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.driveperry.com

Come by and visit our Service Department at Performance Chevrolet. Located at: 1005 W Ehringhaus St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 338-9100
 

Maintaining your Vehicles Tire Pressure

Tire Air Pressure

Maximize your tires’ performance and durability by monitoring and maintaining correct air pressure.

Air is a gas, expanding when heated and contracting when cooled. For most of North America, fall and early winter are especially important times for checking tire pressure – as the ambient temperature falls, tire pressure goes down.

A good rule of thumb is that every 10 degrees Fahrenheit temperature change, tire pressure changes about 1 psi — higher as temperatures rise, lower as they fall. Also, check your vehicle’s owner manual for recommended tire pressure.

Under-inflated tires can cause:

  • Premature or irregular wear
  • Poor handling
  • Reduced fuel economy

Over-inflated tires can cause:

  • Unusual wear
  • Poor handling
  • Reduced fuel economy

Checking Air Pressure

Check your vehicle’s tires at least once a month when the tires are cold (let the vehicle sit for at least 3 hours). Look in your owner manual for the recommended tire inflation for your vehicle. Use a quality gauge. Don’t eyeball tires — radial tires can look fine even when they’re
under-inflated.

Be sure to look for objects that have become wedged in the tread — they can work themselves further into the tire and cause air loss.

And don’t forget to check the spare!

For all your vehicle service needs visit the Performance Chevrolet Service Department, located at: 1005 W Ehringhaus St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 338-9100

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How to Speak Mechanic

Have you ever experienced a moment like this with your Mechanic?

Car trouble symptoms can indicate minor or major problems with your vehicle. This glossary of terms should help you identify what’s going wrong with your vehicle and assist you in letting your GM Certified Technician know exactly what’s been happening as well as helping you understand your mechanic in return. At the Perry Auto Group, we’d like to clear up a few questions:

Brakes Description
Brake fade Stopping distance seems to increase, causing longer braking distance, similar to braking at high speeds
Low brake pedal Brake pedal must be pushed unusually far to engage brakes
Brake pedal pulsation Brake pedal fluctuates while brakes are applied
Grabs Vehicle has a tendency to move right or left when brakes are applied; brakes engage suddenly when applying steady pressure to brake pedal
   
Engine Description
Cuts out Temporary complete loss of power. Engine quits at irregular intervals. May occur repeatedly or intermittently, usually under heavy acceleration.
Detonation Mild to severe pings, usually worse under acceleration. Sounds like popcorn popping.
Dieseling Engine runs after ignition switch is turned off. Runs unevenly and may make knocking noises.
Hesitation Momentary lack of response as accelerator is pressed. Can occur at any speed. Usually most severe when starting from complete stop. May cause engine to stall.
Miss Pulsation or jerking that changes with engine speed. Exhaust has a steady spitting sound at idle or low speed. Not normally felt above 30 mph.
Rough idle Engine runs unevenly at idle. Car may also shake.
Sluggish Engine delivers limited power under load or at high speed. Won’t accelerate as fast as normal. Loses speed going up hills. Vehicle has less speed than normal.
Spongy Little or no increase in speed when accelerator is pushed down. Continuing to push pedal down will eventually give an increase in speed.
Stall Engine stops running or dies out. May occur at idle or while driving.
Surge Vehicle speeds up and slows down with no change on accelerator pedal. Can occur at any speed.
   
Steering & Handling Description
Bottoming Suspension moves to extreme end of travel and hits compression bumpers. Feels like a heavy thud.
Excessive play Steering wheel must be turned unusually far before vehicle responds.
Hard steering Vehicle difficult to steer, especially during parking situations or when first started.
Pulls Vehicle moves to one side when steering wheel is released.
Shimmy Rapid side-to-side motion of both front wheels felt in steering wheel.
Sway/pitching Mushy or spongy ride; vehicle takes a long time to recover from bumps in the road.
Vibration Vehicle shakes.
Wanders Vehicle meanders, requiring frequent steering adjustments to maintain direction.
   
Odors & Stains Description
Antifreeze or coolant leak Sweet odor, usually accompanied by steam from under the hood.
Axle leaks Black stains with heavy, thick consistency.
Burning oil Thick, heavy odor, sometimes accompanied by smoke from under the hood or from the exhaust
Coolant streaks Yellow, green, pink, or orange stains that are lighter and thinner than oil.
Crankcase, oil, power-steering fluid leaks Brownish stains
Electrical short Acrid odor, like burned toast
Emission Contigious, heavy sulfur odor like rotten eggs
Overheated brakes or clutch Burning rubber odor
Overheating Hot, metallic odor usually accompanied by antifreeze/coolant odor.
Transmission oil leaks Reddish stains
 
For answers to all your service related questions feel free to contact us at Performance Chevrolet Service Department.
 
 

How to Change a Flat Tire

Knowing how to change and repair it can mean the difference between making your appointment and running hours late.

For all your vehicle service needs visit the Performance Chevrolet Service Department, located at: 1005 W Ehringhaus St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 338-9100

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Prepare your Vehicle for Winter

You wouldn’t head out into cold weather without bundling up. Your vehicle faces similar challenges as temperatures drop. The bottom line: it needs a little extra care as the mercury plummets. A little preparation before winter sets in may help prevent major headaches later.

What You Can Do:
  • Make sure you have a heavy-duty ice scraper and snow brush in your vehicle.
  • Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so check tire pressure often. See your Owner’s Manual for directions and details.
  • In severe winter temperatures, you may have to change the grade of your engine oil. Check your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for the viscosity grade recommended for your vehicle’s engine.
  • Check your wiper blades. Cold temperatures can make blades brittle, and ice on the windshield can cause nicks in the blades, decreasing performance.
  • If you’re planning a trip, take a blanket, extra-warm clothing, a collapsible shovel, a bag of road salt and an extra bottle of windshield washer fluid.
  • Put on snow tires if you live in major snow belt areas. Check your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for details and recommended practices.
What Goodwrench Can Do:
  • Cold weather affects battery efficiency. Most cold-weather breakdowns occur because batteries aren’t delivering full cranking power. Your Goodwrench technician can check your battery and make sure battery cables are corrosion-free.
  • Winter will take a big toll on your vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is ready. See your GM dealer for a fall season Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection, including checks on wiper blades, tires, fluids and more.
For all your vehicle service needs visit the Performance Chevrolet Service Department, located at: 1005 W Ehringhaus St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909
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