We’ve all seen cars on the side of the road with the hood up and steam pouring from the engine compartment. What should you do if it’s your vehicle that’s overheating? Follow these tips to keep damage to a minimum until you can bring your car in for repairs at Greenwood Chevrolet in Fort Meade, Florida.
Turn on the Heat
It might be tempting to turn on the air conditioning, but turning on the heating system will cool your vehicle’s engine faster.
Get off the Road
Don’t drive your car when it is overheating because this could cause serious engine damage. Pull off the road in a safe place, put on your flashers, and turn off the engine.
Open the Hood
After your car is safely parked, carefully open the hood. This allows heat to escape and there can be steam, so step back quickly. Do not open the radiator cap at this time.
Look for Leaks
Once the engine has cooled down, look for any leaks or holes in the radiator hose. Carefully remove the radiator cap and check the coolant level. Add coolant if it is low. If you don’t have coolant, water will do until you can get your car to a garage.
Here at Greenwood Chevrolet, our service department is here to help, so be sure to give us a call for overheating or any other car problems you encounter this summer and beyond.
Things are heating up here in Ft. Meade, Florida — and that means you’ll soon be running your car’s air conditioning system at full blast. But if your car’s climate control system isn’t smelling as fresh as you’d like, you’re not resigned to masking the stink with air fresheners or driving with the windows down. Here’s a look at some common causes of stale-smelling AC.
If your car’s AC smells more like an old gym bag or dirty locker room, you’ve probably got a grimy cabin air filter on your hands. Over time, these filters can pick up dust and bacteria, so do yourself a favor by swapping it out for a fresh one.
However, if it’s more a musty basement scent that you’re dealing with, it could point to a few potential issues. There could be mold on the inside of your car’s air vents, or it could indicate a malfunctioning drain tube leaking moisture into your cabin. To figure out which one you’re dealing with, check your car’s floor and footwells for moisture. If it’s damp, it’s probably a leaky drainage system. It’s also a good idea to clean the backs of your car’s air vents, while you’re tidying up.
Noxious chemical odors point to a refrigerant leak in your car’s climate control system. Sweet, syrupy smells, on the other hand, indicate that your vehicle has a damaged heater core, so have that checked out by the experts at Greenwood Chevrolet at your earliest convenience.
Need help pinpointing — or fixing — a problem with your car’s climate control system? Schedule an appointment with our factory-trained technicians at the Greenwood Chevrolet service center in Ft. Meade, Florida.
Buying a new truck such as the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will provide you and your family with powerful capabilities, a robust engine, and an abundance of family-friendly features that will make your truck just as effective on the daily commute to school and work as it is doing hard work on the jobsite.
The tailgate and bed of a pickup truck afford you and your family all-new possibilities for both storage and entertainment. Whether you’re loading the bed up for a weekend getaway, using it as a makeshift sleeping surface, or hosting a tailgate to cheer on your favorite team, the bed and tailgate of a truck empower you to do much more.
The high-end horsepower of a pickup truck will help you pass other drivers on the highway or merge at high speeds. The strong torque numbers at low RPMs is what grants trucks the towing ability you need for serious work and serious play.
Several trucks run off the power of diesel, giving you new possibilities for how you might fuel your vehicle.
The highly capable towing numbers offered by trucks, such as the 9,700-pound maximum tow rating of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500, will not go unappreciated when you’re behind the wheel of a new pickup.
A diesel engine provides pickup truck drivers with the best of both worlds. These engines are more efficient than the average truck engine, yet still managed to deliver a powerful amount of horsepower and torque. That’s precisely why each Chevrolet truck includes a diesel engine option.
The most popular of the Chevrolet Pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, has long had a diesel engine offering. The latest Silverado 1500 model can achieve 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque with its Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine. With that amount of power at its disposal, the Silverado 1500 can tow up to 9,500 pounds.
The larger Silverado HD model can make even more use out of its diesel engine offering, a Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 that helps it produce up to 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. The Silverado HD can tow up to 36,000 pounds with that amount of power.
Even the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado comes with a diesel engine offering, helping it produce up to 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Your vehicle is an extension of your personality. If you like standing out from the crowd, get a vehicle that does the same. The 2021 Chevy Traverse makes this easy with two new special edition packages this year. The Midnight Edition and Sport Edition add even more sophistication to the family-friendly Traverse.
The Midnight Edition package is available on the Traverse LS and LT models. It adds black exterior details including black bowtie emblems on the front and back, black badging, and black roof rails. Bold 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels enhance the blacked-out look. The final touch is the Mosaic Black Metallic exterior color with a black ice grille.
Like the Midnight Edition, the Sport Edition also comes with numerous black exterior details. However, it also adds black fog lamp bezels and a black tailgate applique. The Sport Edition is also available in more exterior color options including Summit White, Cajun Red Tintcoat, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, and others.
2021 Chevrolet Traverse
All Traverse models, whether you choose a special edition package or not, come well-equipped with family-friendly features. There are three rows of seats for up to eight passengers along with a crisp central touch screen. Standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ make it easy to stay connected.
Many Americans like to keep their money here in the United States by purchasing products that have been made in America. One of the biggest purchases anyone can make is a new vehicle. If you are looking for a quality, American-made vehicle, you should buy a General Motors model — at least according to recent studies by Cars.com and the American University Kogod School of Business.
In this year’s American-Made Index, Cars.com studied 91 vehicles. To create the list, Cars.com used information for percentage of Canadian and U.S. parts, U.S. manufacturing employees, final assembly location, and country of origin for engines and transmissions.
Out of the top 25 models on the list, nine of them were GM models, which is more than any other automotive brand. The Chevrolet Corvette had the highest spot for GM, in eighth place.
In the American University Kogod School of Business Made in American Auto Index, 10 GM models placed in the top 25. This index is based on the final assembly location and where major components are produced. The Chevrolet Camaro with an automatic transmission earned an excellent second-place spot.
With a focus on producing its vehicles and sourcing their components from America, it shows that GM is dedicated to supporting American jobs and the American economy.
If you need to do any serious towing, you need a truck that can keep up with your needs. Chevrolet recently announced that the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD has increased its maximum towing capacity for the 2021 model year. This, along with some other updates, make it one of the best heavy-duty trucks you can buy.
Last year, the Silverado 3500HD has a maximum towing capacity of 35,500 pounds. For 2021, that limit has increased to 36,000 pounds. Chevrolet said this increase was achieved through changes to the wheels and suspension. You can get this maximum towing capacity with the Work Truck trim with a regular cab, two-wheel drive, the Max Tow Package, dual rear wheels, and the 6.6-liter Duramax® diesel engine.
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD is also adding some new technology innovations with five new trailering features including an enhanced cargo bed camera view, a trailer length indicator when changing lanes, an improved rear trailer view, a jack-knife alert, and a rear side camera view.
If you are looking for ways to make your Silverado HD stand out from the crowd, there are four new special editions available for 2021. These include the Carhartt Special Edition, the Midnight Edition, the Z71 Sport Edition, and the Z71 Chrome Sport model.
When it comes to towing and hauling, few vehicles can match the capabilities of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Thanks to some new advancements from the team at Chevrolet, it’s going to be even harder for the competition to catch up.
You might recognize the Multi-Flex Tailgate as an exclusive feature for the GMC Sierra pickup truck, where it is known by the MultiPro moniker. GM is now preparing to transfer that feature over to its Silverado line of trucks.
With this advanced tailgate technology, Silverado drivers will have access to six unique tailgate configurations. These configurations will make it easier than ever to store your supplies and cargo in the bed of the Silverado.
The Multi-Flex Tailgate isn’t the only advancement Chevrolet is introducing to the latest Silverado model. Accompanying this new tailgate is a plethora of trailering and towing enhancements for the signature Chevrolet truck.
Thanks to a more refined 2.7-liter Turbo engine, the tow rating of the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab increases to 9,300 pounds. The tow rating of Silverado models equipped with the 3.0-liter Duramax engine also increases to a maximum of 9,500 pounds.
These are only a few of the enhancements that the 2021 model of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is set to receive. Learn more about what this latest Silverado can offer to you by reaching out to our team at Greenwood Chevrolet.
The 2020 Impala has the most room of current Chevy sedans. Its rear seat sports a generous 39.8 inches legroom. The Malibu is also a good pick, with a comparable 38.1 inches of room in the back.
SUVs – Equinox and Traverse
For two-row SUVS, the Equinox offers the most space to stretch out, with 39.9 inches of rear legroom. But the 2020 Blazer and 2021 Trailblazer have almost similar numbers with 39.6 inches and 39.4 inches in the rear, respectively.
When it comes to three-row SUVs, you have a few options. The 2021 Tahoe has 34.9 inches of third-row legroom, while the 2021 Suburban provides 36.7 inches. Both have a spacious second row with 42 inches. If you have older kids to haul around, the 2020 Traverse features a balanced 38 inches in both rows.
Trucks – Silverado
Both the 2020 Silverado 1500 and 2020 HD trucks have large back seats, making them perfect for tall passengers. Choose the crew cab configuration for a luxurious 43.4 inches of legroom for riders to relax in.
For a spacious, family-friendly vehicle, check out our inventory at Greenwood Chevrolet.
The Chevrolet Silverado is a truly reliable ride, but don’t just take our word for it. U.S. News & World Report recently named the Silverado one of the easiest vehicles to maintain and repair, which means you’ll save money and time when you opt for this pickup. The editors at U.S. News specifically cited the longevity of the Silverado as one of its most prized characteristics.
What does U.S. News mean when it refers to “reliability”? The Silverado and other models named to the Top 10 Easy Cars to Maintain and Repair list were evaluated based on the length of time between service intervals, simplicity of repairs, the space of the engine compartment, and ease of finding replacement parts. The Silverado checks boxes in each of these categories, making it easy for mechanics to fix quickly and efficiently.
“Today’s cars last longer than vehicles of old, have longer service intervals between needed maintenance, and are generally more reliable. They’re also much more complex, with costly components that are more easily replaced than repaired. The typical service interval requires much more than changing the oil,” reads the U.S. News release.
Silverado durability is also due in part to the simplicity of certain mechanical components. For example, many GM models come with naturally aspirated engines, which are less complex than turbocharged powertrains. Plus, the roomy engine compartment makes it easy to access maintenance points, while the steel design is easier to repair than the aluminum found on some competitors’ models.