“Up north” or summer travel season is here, meaning more trips to anywhere and additional miles on your car or truck. The only real downside to this is more miles creates increased wear and tear on your vehicle.
And if that is the case (as we like to keep you up to date on good deals offered here on the DeNooyer Chevrolet service drive), now’s the time to see us and have a look at the basic maintenance items we check for here, to ensure you’ll get from home to your next summer holiday destination, without a call to roadside assistance or an emergency trip to the parts store.
The good news is, Chevrolet is offering quite a few mail-in rebates with your service visit until the end of July, so we’ve created a list of what rebates are available, when those services are recommended or required for servicing, as well as what to look for when issues arise or why it’s important to keep up on those services
$15 mail-in rebate
Required every 5,000 miles or 6 months
An oil change, needed every 5,000 miles (or six months), is to ensure your engine is properly lubricated and running. The longer that round of oil stays in the engine, the more particulates, metal and debris it will collect along the way, turning that golden oil into a thick dark-brown substance. The lower viscosity (or in other words the more thick the liquid is), the harder your engine works to get it through and keep everything working. The brown stuff eventually turns to sludge or no there is a chance there can be no oil, and your engine will seize sometime thereafter.
That last example is an extreme case, but it can happen. If you miss your oil change by a couple thousand miles, it shouldn’t cause for panic or worry. But several thousand miles beyond should be reason for concern.
Luckily, today’s synthetic oils we use on the newer engines and vehicles have a longer life and threshold, so they are more forgiving on time between oil changes. Still, the easiest way to avoid those problems mentioned before is to come in for an oil change every 5,000 miles (or six months if you’re not much of a driver).
Cabin Air Filter
$10 mail-in rebate
Required every 2 years or 22,500 miles
We touched on this a few weeks ago in May’s, “To breathe, or not to breathe,” piece. This filter prevents pollens, dust, pollution and other particulates from entering your vehicle’s cabin and essentially keeps your air clean, providing yourself and riders clean air to breathe, and a cleaner car (no dusT everywhere to have to wipe down either!). A clean cabin air filter also keeps your AC working efficiently.
Engine Air Filter
$10 mail-in rebate
Required every 4 years or 45,000 miles
So, from before, similar to a cabin air filter helps keep the air in your cabin clean, the engine air filter keeps the air going into your engine clean by preventing similar particulates and debris from getting into the engine. The engine has to breathe in a sense like we do. Blocked air filters can reduce engine power and performance (think of if you couldn’t breathe properly and were getting less oxygen into your system, you feel weak…).
$15 mail-in rebate
If you haven’t touched or replaced your wiper blades from the winter (and used them through the monstrosity of a winter here on the west side), it is time to consider changing yours. What appears to be quite resilient rubber blades can be delicate, and wiper blades that have frozen to the windshield, or tried to get through ice will tear, sometimes in multiple places, or come apart.
Tears or strips coming apart lead to streaks or a lack of ability to really clean your windshield, and as the rainy season has been relentless this Spring, it doesn’t hurt to replace them. Plus, you can ride out the upcoming winter with a more-used pair to take the brunt of winter, and replace them again in the spring.
$10 mail-in rebate
This is something we take a look at during every maintenance visit with your Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection (MPVI). Our test will tell us the level of where your battery life is, or we may even notice a battery leak. To make it easy for everyone involved, the battery light might even be on. Your battery may be in need of replacement when you experience things like a slow start or difficulties starting your vehicle. Any and all of the above can create issues and inconsistent vehicle performance with a heavy potential of finding one’s self stranded on the side of the road.
Maybe you’re already experiencing these issues, but your vehicle is only 2-4 years old. Those electronics you’re so excited to have–the infotainment and navigation system, OnStar, charging and more–those all add extra wear and tear on your battery, so batteries, that had more longevity back in the day, have been wearing out within those first few years. Unfortunately, it is the price of having the world at our fingertips and on the open road.
And while jumper cables and jump-packs are more readily available, they will only work so many more times on a on-its-way-to-dead battery before the battery is dead and you are stranded.
Check in with your service advisor on the condition of your battery during your next visit. Or schedule a visit to get one completed.
Brakes are incredibly fundamental and necessary for driving safely in your vehicle. A study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015 surveyed a sample of crashes representing an estimated 2,189,000 crashes. Approximately 8,000 of those accidents were caused by brake conditions and issues.
While a lot of our services have a time frame or window for replacement, brake pads are more dependent upon your driving and braking habits.
Do you find yourself braking suddenly or late often? City driving where you are stopping and going causes more wear than country road or highway driving where you brake less often. Hard braking will also wear your brakes more quickly. Slower, more attentive braking and less city traffic will all help prolong your brake life.
Today’s brake compounds are a little more resilient, but that doesn’t mean they last forever. Squeaking or hearing the grinding of metal on metal when pressing the brake pedal is a sign your brakes may require some (immediate) attention or replacement.
If you’re questioning the condition of your brakes, you can get a brake inspection here at our service department for $25. Not a bad price to ensure you and your passengers are safe on the road.
“For the Miles Ahead” blog is a weekly series dedicated to demystifying automotive maintenance and service needs for the friends, family and customers of DeNooyer Chevrolet. If you have a question about service maintenance or car-related troubles, write to Motor Maven at MotorMaven@denooyer.com, and it could be included in the next publishing of “Ask Motor Maven.”
*updated on 6/13/2019 to reflect engine air filters should be changed every 4 years, not 3.