Get Your Vehicle Road Trip Ready – #FindNewRoads

At Bob Bell we want you to get the most out of your vehicle, it is after all in the Chevrolet motto to Find New Roads! But, with each road travelled and discovered you’ll want to ensure your vehicle is performing at its optimal level.  That’s where we come in, and why our factory trained technicians are here to help during your regular scheduled maintenance. However, when it comes to preparing for a road trip, here are some things that you can do at home to double check that your vehicle is ready to make the drive!

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1. Oil Check

You’ll want to consult your vehicle records and determine when the last time you had an oil change was? If it was recently, move on to point #2. If it’s been a while, we encourage you to either book in for an oil change or facilitate one yourself (if you’re equipped to do so) as road trips put additional stress on your engine, therefore you’ll want to make sure your oil is topped up (and new).

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2. Fluid Check

As there are multiple areas in your engine that require fluids, we would encourage you to check all of the following:

  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Engine Coolant
  • Brake Fluid

Keeping these fluids in check is a preventative measure and should be a part of your regular maintenance routine.

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3. Air Pressure (Tires) + Tire Tread

Checking your vehicle’s tires before a long road trip is one of utmost importance, as your tires are in physical contact with the road. We would ask that you start by checking each tires air pressure individually as they may be at different levels. Please note that each vehicle is different when it comes to where you tire pressure should be marked at. We recommend consulting your owners manual or consulting the tires on the vehicle as they should be marked for your reference.

It’s important to note that it is possible to overfill your tires, which may lead to accidents on the road. On the other hand, it is also possible to underfill your tires. In order to avoid both potential outcomes, we recommend that you utilize an air pressure gauge when filling your tires, in order to ensure enough air has been consumed to meet the desired rating.

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Now, let’s check that tire tread! There are a few ways to consult your tires and assess that they have enough tread to make the journey. You can employ the good old fashioned Penny test, which is as simple as it sounds. Place a penny into the tread, if you can see all of Lincoln’s head then your tires are under 2/32 inch and should be replaced. It’s as simple as that!

If you don’t have any change lying around, there is another method.  You can work with the tread wear indicator on your tires. These indicators should be located in multiple spots and will indicate visibly if you are under 2/32 inch and due for a change.

4. Air Filter Check

An important factor to any good pre-road trip check is assessing your air filter, as it needs to supply clean air to your engine in order for other moving parts to function appropriately. Additionally, this filter is responsible for providing you with clean air in your vehicle as well.

Air filters are found behind the front glove box or within the engine, please consult your vehicle’s manual for exact placement.

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5. Car Lights and Signals

It’s important that when you are signalling to go left, your vehicle ensures everyone else on the road knows as well. That’s why before any trip you should check all your headlights, indicators, reverse lights and tail lights. If you are looking to be extra prepared, pack extra lights in case one goes out during your journey.

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6.  Battery Life

If you can’t remember the last time you changed your battery it’s likely time for a change, however, we encourage you to consult your vehicle service records or call us to check. An indicator of the battery starting to give out is the responsiveness of your starter. If the vehicle seems slow to catch on, it might be time to switch it out.

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There you have it! These are our top recommendations for a pre-road trip check.  A car wash wouldn’t hurt either, but we’ll leave that one up to you to decide!

If you have any further questions about vehicle maintenance of you require assistance checking your vehicle before a road trip, call us in the service centre, we’re always happy to help!

  • Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air Service Department – 443.692.2134
  • Bob Bell Chevrolet Service Department (Kane Street) – 443.407.1767

Thank you for choosing to work with Bob Bell for your Chevrolet needs, we look forward to hearing about your travels as your #FindNewRoads!

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Unlimited OnStar Data Now Available!

Are you on always on the go? Whether you drive your Chevrolet for work or leisure, most of us, at one point or another, have used data with our mobile devices or OnStar while commuting. Say goodbye to large data bills! Chevrolet Owners can now purchase unlimited data plans with OnStar 4G LTE.

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Last year alone, Chevrolet owners used more than 4 million GB of data through OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots. That’s 200% more data than the previous year! Not only are these Chevrolet drivers using OnStar AtYourService, but they are streaming videos, using social media, navigating and using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. As a response to the high usage of data consumption, OnStar now offers an unlimited prepaid data plan, enabled through AT&T, for $20/month!

The unlimited plan is available on most Chevrolet models from the year 2015 onward, providing a complete in-vehicle safety and connectivity system! The hotspot is very easy to use and connect to your devices, and is always on when your vehicle is running. So sit back and enjoy a fast and reliable connection worrying less about your mobile’s devices battery.

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“As the first automaker to offer 4G LTE connectivity across its entire retail portfolio, Chevrolet has sold more than 3.1 million OnStar 4G LTE-connected vehicles since June 2014 and has more vehicles on the road equipped with 4G LTE than any other automaker”

 

Learn more about OnStar and whether your vehicle is eligible to take advantage of this new unlimited plan today!

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-879-2544

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room | OnStar

 

Get Road Trip Ready

Summer is practically here, so it’s time to start planning your summer adventures! You’ve thrown a dart at the map on the wall, and have decided where to go.  Now you need to think about the vehicle that will take you on the adventure, after all, if the car breaks down, all your careful planning can go out the window.

  1. Have a technician look at your vehicle  before any long distance trip:
    1. MOST IMPORTANT – Change your oil and filter regularly, not just when you’re going through a road trip checklist.  It’s a quick, inexpensive process that can literally add years and thousands of miles to the efficient service life of your engine.
    2. Check tire pressure regularly (preferably before driving, while they’re cold). Go by the manufacturer’s recommended settings in the owner’s manual or door sticker.  Have the wheels aligned for better handling, tire wear and safety.
  2. Check your spare tire and make sure your car jack and all parts are in the vehicle.
  3. Put together an emergency kit.  At the very least you should have:
    1. bottled water, granola  bars or other non-perishable food
    2. flashlight and batteries (not just your lighter or smartphone app!),
    3. basic first aid kit (one you put together yourself, or a pre-made kit from the pharmacy)
  4. Bring a spare set of car keys.  Locking the only set of keys in the car can take the fun out of any holiday, fast.
  5. Be sure you have valid proof of insurance in the car with you. And if your policy doesn’t include roadside assistance, consider adding it through your carrier or through a motor club like AAA.

Now that the not so much fun stuff is taken care of, you can head out onto the open road, knowing you’re ready to face whatever your adventure has to throw your way!

Let Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air help you on your way, book a service appointment today.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314

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