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Top 10 Car Care Tips

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We have all heard these stories, cars and trucks lasting 200,000, 300,000, even 500,000 miles.

What’s the secret? Three words: maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.

“Nobody reads the owner’s manual. Pretty much to make it run that far it’s fluids, timing belts, maintenance by the book,” said Jim Moritz, global technical trainer for an international automotive tool and equipment manufacturing company.

These vehicle owners adhere to every word recommended by the automaker, for them it is a religion. In many cases, they are changing engine oil, transmission and brake fluids more frequently than required. They read that manual from cover to cover.

“I know guys who are getting 300,000 miles out of a F-Series pickup and 400,000 miles from a Hyundai Sonata,” he said. “There is no such thing as too much maintenance, you are not going to hurt it.”


Listed below are 10 maintenance tips to make the engine, transmission and other expensive parts of your vehicle last longer. Most importantly, read the owner’s manual to avoid thousands of dollars in repairs.

  1. Check the oilThe simplest task to increase the life of your vehicle is to maintain the proper amount of oil in the engine. Additionally, change the oil and filter at the intervals recommended in the owner’s manual, for example, every 5,000, 7,500 or 10,000 miles.  Oil lubricates the engine parts. Second, oil is a fluid that disperses heat. Some of the oil is burned off by the engine so it needs to be replenished when the level drops. Make sure it is the proper weight oil for your engine. “An engine runs hotter with less oil in it. The hotter it runs the more strain, stress that is put on the engine parts. You could blow the engine eventually, meaning it will need to be rebuilt or replaced, it’s very expensive. It will not blow up if the engine is a quart of oil down, but when they start getting a couple of quarts down you can run into some interesting issues,” Moritz said.

  2. Fight sludge: There’s a big downside to short trips, stop-and-go traffic, as well as long trips when there is a heavy load on the engine, for example, pulling a trailer. The enemy: Sludge. Sludge is a petroleum byproduct that is a gooey, black-colored substance that builds up in an engine. It is a major contributor to engine problems. Changing the engine oil at prescribed intervals or more frequently will reduce the probability of sludge buildup and extend the life of the engine. Specific driving conditions can cause sludge. It can come from oil solidifying on a long trip at engine temperatures generally above 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Other culprits are short trips that prevent the engine from reaching its proper operating temperature and water in the oil caused by condensation. “It accumulates everywhere in the engine. Sludge drops to the bottom of the oil pan. But when the engine warms up, the oil mixes with the goo and is pumped through the whole engine,” Moritz said. “Sludge does not burn away.” To avoid sludge, follow the owner’s manual for oil and filter changes or switch to synthetic oil, which is not petroleum based. Many fleets use synthetic oil.

  3. Timing belt replacementYour car’s engine has either a rubber composite timing belt or timing chain. The device connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, which is synchronized with the opening and closing of the engine’s valves. If your car has a timing belt, follow the owner’s manual to determine when the belt should be replaced. “Rubber belts break and when they do that’s the end of the engine, it is catastrophic, you are done,” Moritz said.  To avoid disaster, the timing belt should be replaced at intervals recommended by the automaker, usually between 50,000 and 110,000 miles. The cost to replace the timing belt isn’t cheap but it is thousands less than rebuilding the engine.

  4. Check power steering fluidOlder vehicles and some new models have a hydraulic power steering pump that is lubricated by power steering fluid. The pump’s reservoir has a screw-type cap that lifts off, so the fluid level can be checked. If the pump runs dry, it can fail and require a replacement costing hundreds of dollars. A few symptoms of a power steering problem are squealing noises when turning the steering wheel or heavy or stiff steering. Newer vehicles have electric power steering; there are no fluids.

  5. Transmission fluid replacement: Having the proper amount of fluid is critical because it cools the transmission, lubricates moving parts and smooths the shifts between gears. However, the fluid deteriorates over time. Frequent stop-and-go driving or pulling a trailer accelerates deterioration. Under those conditions the transmission’s operating temperature rises, putting a strain on the transmission’s components and the fluid. Automakers recommend more frequent fluid replacement under those conditions. Check the owner’s manual for details. Signs of transmission problems: If the fluid turns dark or has a burnt smell this could be a signal that the it needs to be changed or that the transmission is developing mechanical issues. Check the fluid level when the engine is running. To avoid transmission failure only use the fluid recommended by the automaker. “I know a guy who mixed fluid on a Honda. His transmission lasted a week,” Moritz said.

  6. Radiator coolant flushing: Coolant has rust inhibitors that break down over time. Rust and corrosion can build up and harm an engine, plug a thermostat and damage a water pump. Some automakers recommend a coolant change every 30,000 miles, some suggest over 100,000 miles. Again, check the owner’s manual.

  7. Top off brake fluid: While you are under the hood checking fluids, it’s a good time to check the brake fluid level. Place the vehicle on a level surface, then unscrew the reservoir cap. The brake fluid level should be between the minimum and maximum marks in the fluid reservoir. Use the automaker’s recommended fluid and add to the proper level. Replacing the brake fluid will not increase the longevity of the brake system but it might save your life. Brake fluid absorbs water over time which degrades its effectiveness in providing stopping power.  “A brake system is not perfectly sealed as you might think so you can get condensation just from the change of cold temperatures to hot,” Moritz said. If you have too much water in the brake fluid, stepping on the brakes hard generates heat which in turn can boil the water in the line and as a result, increase the vehicle’s stopping distance.

  8. Transfer case maintenance: This is a very expensive repair when things go wrong. The fluid inside the transfer case on all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles needs to be replace at prescribed intervals. Follow the recommendations in the owner’s manual.

  9. Rotate your tires: Tires are expensive, so you want them to last. The owner’s manual will say when the tires should be rotated and alignment checked. Equally important is maintaining the proper air pressure to get more miles out of each tire. A sticker on the driver’s door frame lists the tire pressure for the front and rear tires.

  10. Have a clean engine air filter: A dirty air filer can reduce miles per gallon, hurt engine performance and contribute to higher engine emissions.

No maintenance required
There are some components on cars that at one time required regular maintenance, but because of technological advances, there’s no need anymore. Ball joints and steering linkage which at one time required lubrication, no longer require it; new spark plugs may last 150,000 miles and at one time vehicle batteries (which are now sealed for lift) needed the water level in the electrolyte periodically checked.

Original Source: KBB.com (By Rick Kranz, Contributing Editor | February 26, 2019)

Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Chevy

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With all of the choices out there when it comes to buying a new vehicle, it can be a little overwhelming to say the least. What gives you the most bang for your buck? What’s the most eco-friendly, and how much extra does that cost? What must I sacrifice for more room, more power, better fuel economy? And the list goes on.

So, this list was compiled to give some of the advantages of buying Chevrolet… besides how good you’d look driving a new Chevrolet, obviously.


  1. Reputation Chevrolet isn’t the new kid on the block. For a century, Chevy has been making American vehicles for Americans. There’s a lot to be said for longevity, mainly that Chevy is doing things right, otherwise they wouldn’t still be making quality vehicles today with the same pursuit of excellence they were achieving 100 years ago. Chevy’s reputation was made the old fashioned way. They’re American steel on wheels; no job too big or too small. A reputation like this one isn’t just given away, it’s earned.

  2. Awards In 2013, Chevrolet has been awarded more J.D. Power Initial Quality awards than any other automotive brand. While every Chevrolet is made to keep the tradition alive, they are also made to keep up with people’s changing needs. Technology moves faster every year, and Chevy is dedicated to staying ahead of the curve. Mylink technology connects your smartphone to your vehicle’s computer for entertainment, navigation and communication, and using touch screen, hands-free, and steering wheel mounted controls, your attention while driving your 2014 Chevrolet where it should be, on the road.

  3. Safety Dance Chevrolet has more 5-Star Overall vehicle scores for safety than Ford and Toyota combined. Seven 2014 model Chevrolet received the NHTSA’s highest overall score for safety. Advanced features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, along with the most advanced airbag systems available, rear vision cameras, rear cross traffic alerts and side blind zone alerts, make taking your Chevrolet the ideal choice. Chevy’s value is for those who value their safety, and that of their passengers, above everything else.

  4. Selection From full-size pickups to SUVs to crossovers to midsize sedans to compacts to pure muscle, Chevrolet has every customer’s needs and styles covered. Visit our store to get an inside look – and while you’re there, fill out an online credit application or schedule a test drive.

  5. Chevy dedication Every model is built with the same commitment to performance and safety as the last, and this quality alone will ensure Chevy’s place in automotive history.

  6. Service to go The Vern Laures Auto Center Service Department will not only keep your Chevy running with Chevy parts, but keep you current on service specials. Right now, you can get an oil change for under 10 bucks, which will come in handy if you take your Chevy on a trip every weekend.

  7. Planet friendly Chevy has always been proud to take steps towards a cleaner planet. They were one of the first automakers to develop an all-electric car, and Chevy will continue to be eco-minded.

  8. Work to live, not the other way around Building more fuel efficient engines and keeping low to the road lets you spend your money on what matters, not on your gas tank.

  9. Price  Chevrolet has always offered the latest in technology and design in the working man’s price range. More Americans have owned a Chevy for longer than any other make. So, work hard all week, and this weekend, drive your 2014 Chevrolet to Waterloo for a steak dinner. What’s more American than that?

  10. The Road Ahead When you purchase a new Chevrolet, you’ve become a part of a family. The Chevrolets our parents drove, the ones we drive, and the ones our (deep breath) children will drive; it’s all part of a bigger system, or as some folks call it, family.

Of course, these aren’t all of the reasons you should consider buying a Chevrolet, but they are all very good reasons. Take away the logic and statistics, and you’re left with a beautifully designed vehicle in all models, shapes and sizes that will stand the test of time – period. In other words, Chevrolet is not a fad; they’re here to stay; and the new line of Chevrolet vehicles are built for both work and play.

Original Source: NewSmyrnaChevy.com (Written By: Jeremy Kiel)

Why Buy a Buick

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About Buick

When 15-year-old Scottish immigrant David Dunbar Buick apprenticed as a machinist at Alexander Manufacturing in 1869, he embarked on a journey that ultimately led to the creation of the world's largest corporation. The General Motors Heritage Center characterizes the establishment of the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company in 1899 as "the spark that created General Motors”. David Buick was a prolific inventor who was awarded 13 patents in the 1880s, including one for a process to bond porcelain to metal. A chronology of Buick accomplishments reveals a tenacious, forward-looking and innovative firm, determined to make a mark in its industry.


  • 1899 - The Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company was founded by David Dunbar Buick, who then developed improvements to the overhead-valve gasoline engine with Walter Marr.

  • 1903 - Buick Auto-Vim was acquired by James Whiting of Flint, Michigan's Flint Wagon Works. Whiting served as president, and David Buick remained in charge of operations.

  • 1904 - Whiting convinced Durant-Dort Carriage Company magnate Billy Durant to invest in Buick and take over its management. Buick produced 37 Model B cars that year.

  • 1905 - The Vice President of the United States, William Fairbanks, rode in a Buick during a parade celebrating Flint, Michigan's 50th anniversary.

  • 1908 – Buick chairman Billy Durant formed General Motors as a holding company, with Buick Motors as the only original holding. Buick had become the world's largest car maker, but Durant's September 16 announcement of GM's establishment was not big news. It was overshadowed by White Star Lines' announcement of its intent to build the world's largest ocean liner, the Titanic. Later that year, GM bought Oldsmobile and improved it with Buick-designed components.

  • 1909 – A Buick driven by Louis Chevrolet won the 10-mile second race, and the 250-mile Prest-O-Lite Trophy was taken by another Buick, driven by Bob Burman. Louis Chevrolet also took second place with a Buick that year in the Giants Despair Hillclimb, despite rolling the car over. 

  • 1915 – Buick shipped over 700 Model C-4 Delivery pickup trucks to Europe, where they were converted to ambulances for the Allied war effort.

  • 1923 – Buick was the first big-volume auto maker to offer brakes on all four wheels.

  • 1931 – Buick became the first maker to offer an overhead-valve eight-cylinder engine, and the first to offer a syncromesh transmission across the line.

  • 1938 – Buick displayed the world's first concept car, the Buick Y-Job, designed and built by Harley Earl.

  • 1939 – King George VI of England chose a Buick for his Royal Tour of Canada, and Buick offered the industry's first turn signals as standard equipment.

  • 1942 – Buick entered the war effort in World War Two, as General Motors turned over all production to the government until 1945.

  • 1948 – The industry's first hardtop coupe was introduced by Buick, along with the first automatic transmission to use a torque converter instead of a clutch.

  • 1951 – Harley Earl's Buick LeSabre and XP-300 revolutionized industry styling with aluminum bodies, prominent fins and aviation styling cues.

  • 1952 – Buick joined Cadillac and Oldsmobile as the first automakers to offer power steering.

  • 1953- The Wildcat concept car was displayed at the Detroit Motorama. As a small, two-seat sports car with a fiberglass body, it was the prototype design for the first Chevrolet Corvette. The Buick Century was introduced that year, along with the new Buick Nailhead V-8 engine.

  • 1959 – The Indianapolis 500 Official Pace Car was the Buick Invicta.

  • 1960 – The Buick Electra 225 was chosen as the Official Pace Car for the Indy 500

  • 1962 – Motor Trend magazine's choice for Car of the Year was the Buick Special.

  • 1963 – The Electra 225 was the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

  • 1975 – The Indianapolis 500 chose the Century as its Official Pace Car.

  • 1976 – The Century repeated as the Indianapolis 500 Official Pace Car.

  • 1979 – Motor Trend chose the Riviera S-Type as its Car of the Year.

  • 1983 – The Buick Riviera was selected as the Indianapolis 500 Official Pace Car.

  • 1984 – Buick was the Official Car of the XXIII Olympiad.

  • 1988 – The U.S. Olympic Team selected Buick as its Official Car.

  • 1993 – Buick offered the Special 90th Anniversary Edition LeSabre.

  • 2001 – Buick introduced the Rendevous Crossover, its first SUV.

  • 2005 – The Buick lineup was reduced to three models.

  • 2009 – The J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study named Buick as the most dependable brand in the United States.

  • 2010 – Buick became the fastest-growing automotive brand in America.

  • 2015 – The Cascada convertible was shown at the North American International Auto Show.

  • 2016 – The Buick Cascada hits the market for the 2016 model year.

As the oldest active American car maker, Buick's corporate history is symbolic of the history of the automobile in the United States. It's evident from this list that the company remains fresh, forward-thinking and relevant in its second century. Buick is one of the most recognized of American brands, and will always be known for its significant impacts on the American automobile industry.


Original Source: Car-buying-strategies.com

Award-Winning Jeep SUVs & Ram Trucks

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Are you in the market for a new car but aren't sure of what's best for you? If so, Baxter Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Bellevue has the answers you need. Our Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Ram dealership in Bellevue, NE, has an incredible selection of award-winning Jeep SUVs and Ram trucks that will help you take on the challenging road ahead. Whether you're interested in taking a Dodge test-drive or want to explore your Chrysler financing options, our team is here to assist. Read more about the awards and recognition our vehicles have won for the 2017 and 2018 model years, then head to our Bellevue Ram dealership now!

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