Winter is just around the corner and that means that cold temperatures, snow, slush and ice will soon be an everyday reality. It’s important to make sure that your vehicle is ready to handle the onslaught of nasty weather conditions that winter is about to throw your way.
Tires are probably the most important component of your vehicle in the winter, as they are the only part that is touching the road.
You may know and refer to them as snow tires, but these types of tires are designed to contend with more than just the snow. Winter tires is a more apt name, as they are constructed for winter conditions.
In the winter, frost often covers the roads early in the morning. As the sun shines throughout the day, the frost melts and wind blows snow onto the road, leading to very slippery conditions, especially as the temperatures cools off again in the evening. You need more traction from your tires to maintain control on the road.
Even when you are driving on clean, dry roads, if the temperature dips below – 8 ̊C, it can change your ability to properly grip the road with your all season tires, as they have a completely different rubber compound than winter tires.
Most people notice an immediate difference with their stopping distances and traction as soon as they put winter tires on their vehicle.
At Highland GM, they have a great selection of winter tires from several top manufacturers. Not only can their service technicians help you choose the best tires for your vehicle, they can also change and balance the tires for you.
Don’t wait for the snow to fall before getting maximum control on the road! Call Highland GM’s service department at 1-866-980-8037 or for more information and to view current service specials, visit http://www.highlandgm.com
Watch as the 2013 Camaro SS with 1LE Package takes on the Virginia International Raceway in 2:58:34. To learn more about the Camaro SS sports car, visit http://www.chevy.com/Camaro
To give Samson a higher and broader stance, we’ve added a Readylift 2.5″ leveling kit to the front suspension.
Enhancing the look of the level, Pro Comp Metal Mulisha black and machined wheels with machined Rivets and GoodYear Duratrac tires finish off the slightly wider stance.
We’ve swapped out the factory tail lamps and high mount stop lamp with IPCW LED Black Full lamp replacements for head turning appeal as you drive by.
Eye catching Halo projection headlamps with LED turnsignals in black also by IPCW let them see you coming.
All new X-metal series T-Rex grille adds some attitude with black mesh and chrome rivets and accents.
The finishing touch, Matte black Bushwacker Pocket style fender flares with silver rivets to tie it all together. They use factory mounting holes so no modification is necessary for these. They also lend very well to paint if the proud new owner would prefer it to be body colored in the future.
Coming to a driveway/cottage/worksite near you.
Available for GMC 1500 as well.
Get a behind the scenes look at Chevrolet’s latest developing technology and see what the future holds. Chevrolet doesn’t believe there’s a single “silver bullet” to address sustainable mobility needs, so we’re developing several solutions, including battery-powered, fuel-cell, and alternative fuel vehicles.
For more information on Chevrolet’s future sustainable technology, visit http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/article/future-of-fuel-economy/.
The Chevrolet Spark mini car has been driving through the streets of 100 markets worldwide, and it will make its way to us soon. Watch as Chevy engineers take you on a tour of the mini car and show off a few enhancements including ride and handling, interior features and connectivity.
For more information on the Chevy Spark, visit http://www.chevrolet.com/spark-mini-car/
Oshawa, Ontario (Thursday, June 7, 2012) – Edmunds.com and Parents magazine say the Chevrolet Cruze Eco and Sonic are two of the Best Family Cars for 2012. Both the Cruze Eco and Sonic deliver fuel consumption of just 4.6 L/100km and 5.1 L/100km, respectively, on the highway and offer consumers the comfort, safety and advanced technology they expect at a value.
“With every new Chevrolet, we are able to deliver the technology and powertrain solutions that offer consumers the best fuel economy, performance and safety, making vehicles like the Sonic and Cruze Eco ideal choices for families,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing.
“The Cruze Eco and Sonic are the best small Chevys ever built,” said Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com editor-in-chief. “They are fun to drive, attractive, well-built and extremely fuel efficient, making them excellent choices for anyone shopping for a compact of subcompact car.”
Said Dana Points Parents editor-in-chief: “At Parents, we know that buying a new car is a big family decision, so we want our guide to make the process easier. The Cruze Eco and the Sonic scored high safety marks, and parents using the vehicles were impressed with the responsiveness and the family friendly features.”
The Cruze – Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world – provides the amenities, quietness, safety features, infotainment and roominess expected of a larger, more expensive sedan, but with the efficiency of a compact car. The first car in its class with 10 standard air bags, the Cruze received an overall five-star safety rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest score possible. The Cruze is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, as well as the Eco model that achieves an NRCan-estimated 4.6 L/100km highway.
Cruze Eco achieves its hybrid-like highway fuel efficiency using a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine, six-speed manual transmission and features that improve its aerodynamics, minimize weight and reduce rolling resistance.
Sonic, which was launched just a few months ago, is proving to be a popular choice with it’s outstanding standard content such as Bluetooth and 15” wheels and sales are steadily rising within the small car segment. It delivers an NRCan-estimated 5.1 L/100km highway with class-leading acceleration when paired with the 1.4L Turbo and six-speed manual transmission. The Sonic is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Each is designed to deliver outstanding rear-seat roominess and cargo space.
Chevrolet returns to the Indianapolis 500 and brings the ultimate pace car with it: the 2013 Corvette ZR1. Check out behind-the-scenes footage of the car, a rundown of the features from Chevy marketing manager Jeff Chew and pace car driver Guy Fieri’s first impressions after his training session with Johnny Rutherford.
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 Goodwrench technician know exactly what’s been happening.
Brake fade: the stopping distance of your vehicle seems to increase, causing longer braking distance, similar to braking at high speeds. This can occur after repeated application of your brakes over a short period of time (i.e. during city driving).
Low brake pedal: the brake pedal has to be pushed unusually far to engage the brakes.
Brake pedal pulsation: the brake pedal fluctuates or vibrates while the brakes are applied.
Grabs: the vehicle has a tendency to move right or left when the brakes are applied. Or, the brakes engage suddenly when applying steady pressure to the brake pedal.
Cuts out: a temporary complete loss of power. Or, the engine quits at irregular intervals. This may occur repeatedly or intermittently, usually under heavy acceleration.
Detonation: mild to severe pings, usually worse under acceleration. It sounds like popcorn popping.
Dieseling: the engine runs after the ignition switch is turned off.
Hesitation: a momentary lack of response as the accelerator is pressed. This can occur at any speed. Usually it’s most severe when starting from a complete stop and may cause the engine to stall.
Miss: a pulsation or jerking that changes with the engine speed. Or, the exhaust has a steady spitting sound at idle or low speeds.
Rough idle: the engine runs unevenly at idle. The vehicle may also shake.
Sluggish: the engine delivers limited power under a load or at high speeds. Or, the vehicle won’t accelerate as fast as normal. Or, the engine loses power going up hills.
Spongy: only a small increase in speed occurs when the accelerator is pushed down.
Stall: the engine stops running or dies out. This may occur at idle or while driving.
Surge: the vehicle speeds up and slows down with no change on the accelerator pedal. This can occur at any speed.
Steering & Handling
Bottoming: the suspension moves to an extreme end of travel and hits the compression bumpers. It feels like a heavy thud.
Excessive play: the steering wheel must be turned unusually far before the vehicle responds.
Hard steering: the vehicle is difficult to steer, especially during parking situations or when it’s first started.
Pulls: the vehicle moves to one side when the grip or the steering wheel is loosened.
Shimmy: a rapid side-to-side motion of both the front wheels, which is felt in the steering wheel.
Sway or Pitching: a mushy or spongy ride. Or the vehicle takes a long time to recover from bumps in the road.
Vibration: the vehicle shakes.
Wanders: the vehicle meanders, requiring frequent steering adjustments to maintain direction.
Odours & Stains
Antifreeze or coolant leak: A sweet odour can be accompanied by steam from under the hood. Yellow, green, or orange stains appear that are lighter and thinner than oil.
Axle leaks: black stains with a heavy, thick consistency appear.
Burning oil: a thick, heavy odour, sometimes accompanied by bluish smoke from under the hood or from the exhaust.
Crankcase, oil, power-steering fluid leaks: brownish stains appear.
Electrical short: gives off an acrid odour, like burnt toast.
Rich fuel mixture: a heavy sulphur odour, like rotten eggs.
Overheated brakes or clutch: a burning rubber odour.
Overheating: a hot, metallic odour can be accompanied by an antifreeze or coolant odour.
Transmission oil leaks: reddish stains appear