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Archive for April, 2011

As temperatures soar and Phoenicians brace themselves for another record-breaking summer, it’s important that motorists remember to prepare their vehicles for the heat. Below are several precautions to ensure that your Chevy can withstand a summer weather beat down:

1. Operation Hydration: The worst possible scenario is to be stuck on the side of the road (which is most likely hot enough to fry an egg on) with an overheated car. To avoid this, always make sure your coolant level is full and has the recommended ratio of coolant to water. A general rule of thumb is a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water. Remember, when you are checking the coolant, never remove the cap right after you have been driving, because it is extremely hot. Wait until the engine has cooled down before you do this. This is something you can do yourself, but you should have one of our professional mechanics examine the clamps, hoses and drive belts.

2. Use Protection: The sun can really do a number on a certain parts of the interior of your car. It is a good idea to protect the dash, seats, and anything else that can easily crack from intense heat. We recommend leather conditioner, protectant wipes or investing in an inexpensive sun shield which can go a long way toward keeping your interior as sharp as the day you brought your car home.

3. Don’t Be An Airhead: One of the most common causes of tire failure is underinflation. Tires that are underinflated experience excessive flexing in the sidewalls which causes them to run dangerously hot, especially at highway speeds during hot weather. The buildup of heat can lead to tread separation or a sudden blowout. It’s important for car owners to maintain proper tire inflation pressure; this information can be found in your owner’s manual or the tire inflation decal in the car’s door jamb.

4. Arctic Blast: Your air conditioning system will be working overtime during those long, hot commutes, so taking the time to make sure everything is in great shape will keep you cool. One of our factory trained professionals can examine your compressor, evaporator and thermostat to make sure you’re receiving maximum performance from your car’s system.

5. Charge It: Hot temperatures can put extra strain and shorten the life of a battery, as heat causes battery fluid to evaporate. Plug the battery into a tester if you have one, or bring it down to our Chevy service center to have it tested. In addition to testing the battery, a service professional can also remove any corrosion that has built up over the winter.

The hot temperatures of Phoenix summers can wreak havoc on your vehicle, but with the help of our factory trained service professionals at Chapman Chevrolet, you can be rest assured that your vehicle is prepared for what Mother Nature dishes out. One last piece of advice: keep a pair of oven mitts handy. Trust us.

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