The best thing you can do to keep your pickup truck running well over the years is to stay up-to-date with its maintenance schedule. Unlike many other vehicles, pickup trucks have their own particular set of needs, so it’s worthwhile to know what you should be doing for your truck by consulting the owner’s manual. In the meantime, here are some basic pickup truck maintenance tips to consider.
Frequent oil changes
Since many owners are frequently demanding high amounts of power and performance from their trucks, it’s important to stay on top of oil changes. Switching out the oil will help keep your truck’s engine running smoothly. There are many different kinds of oil, so you should spend a bit of time deciding which one best suits your driving needs.
Rotate the tires
Whenever you get your vehicle’s oil changed at the shop, you should also have the tires rotated. This will ensure that the tires wear evenly, which makes for a smoother ride. See if your mechanic can also check the alignment and balance of the tires when they are getting rotated as well, as these can be affected by tough terrain.
Check fluid levels, wiper blades, and lights
These simple checks go a long way, especially if you’re routinely using your truck on the worksite. These checks will help optimize performance and visibility and minimize wear to your vehicle.
Know your driving demands
Proper maintenance of your pickup truck also depends on how you use it. If you’re frequently driving in dusty conditions, you may need to change the engine air filter more frequently. If you regularly venture off-road, you will want to have the tire alignment and balance checked more frequently to avoid uneven wear, poorer handling and efficiency, and potential damage to your truck’s suspension.
As with any vehicle, proper maintenance is necessary to keep it running for a long time. To help keep your truck performing at its peak, visit our Service Department at ELCO Chevrolet.
Chevrolet is giving its customers more options by introducing Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions for the 2019 model year. These new special edition models include special features and a powerful V8 engine. In addition, drivers will find an array of luxury features on these vehicles.
According to Chevrolet, the Chevy Premier Plus special editions will come with a 6.2-liter V8 engine in the 6.2-liter Performance Package. With the 6.2-liter engine, the special editions generate 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Other features in the package include Magnetic Ride Control and a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission.
“Our customers have shown strong demand for both Tahoe and Suburban with the 6.2-liter V8 option,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Trucks Marketing and Advertising. “Thirty-six percent of all Chevy full-size SUV special edition models are now sold with this engine. Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another option to choose from with several added premium touches.”
Premium amenities on the special editions include Black or Mahogany leather front seats, as well as bold black trim surround. Enlarged wheels, special bowties and chrome nameplates help these vehicles stand out.
If the Chevrolet Premier Plus Special Editions are what you’ve been waiting for, contact ELCO Chevrolet.
The all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado packs a lot of punches, from its stellar performance to its wealth of modern features. To maximize it convenience and functionality, the new Silverado features best-in-class cargo volume, box depth and length, 12 fixed tie-downs, and an exclusive power up/down tailgate. Together, these features create an all-new hauling experience.
The new 2019 Silverado 1500 Durabed is the largest pickup bed ever. Recognizing that the bed is the heart and soul of any pickup, Chevy engineers worked hard to deliver a bed like none other to drivers. No matter the box size you choose — short, standard, or long — you’ll be gaining anywhere between 10 to 14 cubic feet of additional cargo box space compared to the 2018 Silverado model. The new cargo box space ratings excel outside of the Chevy lineup, as the short-box’s volume is as much as 20 percent more than the short-boxes of leading competitors like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. This largely comes as a result of widening the width of the Silverado’s bed floor by as much as 10 percent.
Not only is the Silverado Durabed built to be more spacious, it is also constructed with high-strength steel. Such construction easily outcompetes the F-150’s truck bed, which is constructed with aluminum, and the Ram 1500’s, which is constructed with 340-megapascal high-strength steel compared to the Silverado’s 500 megapascals.
If you want your truck tougher than the rest, the choice is simple: go for the Silverado 1500. Test drive one today at ELCO Chevrolet.
A small car is wonderfully convenient, especially for city drivers or folks who are just hoping to save some green at the pump. Chevrolet offers its customers two impressive subcompact models, the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark. If you’re in the market for a new small car, it might be hard to decide which model is the better fit for your needs.
Both are classified as subcompact cars, but the Chevy Sonic is slightly larger (six inches wider and 30 inches longer). With the Sonic, you’ll have more shoulder-, leg-, and headroom. You’ll also get about 19 more cubic feet of cargo volume with the Chevy Sonic versus the Chevy Spark.
The Chevy Spark is offered only as a hatchback, while the Chevy Sonic is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatch.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the Chevy Sonic and Spark is in the category of performance. The Chevy Sonic offers more power and responsiveness with its standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine than does the Chevy Spark’s single-offering, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder EcoTec. The Spark also offers a second engine option, a 1.4-liter EcoTec, for increased torque.
So there you have it — while both are subcompact cars, the Spark is even smaller than the Sonic, and that comes with a predictable effect on styling and performance. To get a better sense of how they compare, check them out at ELCO Chevrolet!
The Fourth of July is right around the corner, so it’s time to start making plans and getting together your best red, white, and blue outfit. There’s no better way to celebrate America’s independence than by gathering alongside your fellow Americans, so celebrate Independence Day in St. Louis this year by attending one of the city’s fun, patriotic events. Here are a couple we recommend.
Fair Saint Louis: Since the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, Fair Saint Louis will take place July 4, 6, and 7 at the Arch grounds. The fair is free and features tons of ways to keep the whole family entertained, including live music, games in the Festival Zone, and a nationally-recognized fireworks display each evening of the fair. On July 6th, the fair will feature a live musical performance by Jason Derulo and Andy Grammer, and on July 7th, Martina McBride will perform.
July 4th Fest: Running from June 30th to July 4th, Six Flags will host a festival to celebrate our country and its independence. There will be a fireworks display each of the five nights, festive food available for purchase, and rides will run late, so head to the park with friends for a fun, festive, and thrilling celebration of the Fourth of July.
The 4th of July is one of our favorite days of the year. Let us know how you plan to celebrate at ELCO Chevrolet — and while you’re at it, head to the festivals in style with a brand new car!
For American sports car fans, few places are as special as the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Whether you’ve been there before or hope to in the future, you now have plenty more to be excited about, as the museum has announced plans for a major expansion.
As one of the world’s most popular automotive museums, the National Corvette Museum welcomes more than 225,000 sports car enthusiasts through their doors each year. As the museum has seen increasing attendance in recent years, it plans to substantially expand its office and exhibition areas, with construction to start in 2021.
The museum will also expand the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park Complex, located just across the street from the museum. This expansion will increase the NCM Motorsports Park Complex by an additional 205 acres, bringing its total size to an impressive 425 acres.
For Corvette fans, this all translates into a bigger playground where they can check out some of the most incredible and rare Corvettes on the planet.
Currently, the National Corvette Museum is planning a new exhibit called “Chevrolet Racing: Louis to Le Mans,” which will feature rare cars driven by Louis Chevrolet along with a huge selection of Corvettes that have won races at Le Mans.
If all you want is a smaller display of modern Corvettes, however, just head over to ELCO Chevrolet!
Automatic head beams, adaptive cruise control, voice commands— these are just three of many of the advanced technologies now available in most cars, which are rapidly reaching nearly sci-fi levels of intelligence. To stick with that theme, Chevrolet has put a futuristic twist on the way it does auto shows by introducing a virtual reality experience at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Chevrolet included the setup at the show to offer guests a new way to truly experience their vehicles. Dubbed the “Chevrolet Virtual Dynamics Lab 4D Experience,” though we’ll just call it Chevy VR for short, it focused on the Chevrolet Camaro. Guests only had to put on the head pieces to be transported to the front seats of one of the country’s most iconic muscle cars.
Though auto shows are an exciting time for everyone, the ability to get into a car and see what it would be like on the road is limited. Chevy VR was built to turn users into passengers in one of several different Chevrolet vehicles, allowing them to experience them in ways otherwise impossible at an auto show.
Fortunately, you can experience the real thing by visiting ELCO Chevrolet and taking an in-person look at your favorite Chevy car, sitting in the cabin, and taking it out for a test drive.
For drivers looking for a truck that can handle the toughest jobs, the 2018 Silverado HD is the ideal solution. The Silverado HD offers multiple trims, features, and options. Each truck offers its own advantages like added fuel economy or added power.
According to The News Wheel, the 2018 Silverado HD design has a few improvements for the latest model year, including new exterior colors like Cajun Red Tint coat and Havana Metallic. Audio systems have been updated as well, and there are new grille designs for trims like the High Country and the Z71 Package. Minor upgrades like box side decals are also now offered on the Z71 models that have 4×4.
The Silverado 2500HD has better fuel economy than the Silverado 3500HD, which is one reason to consider it. The 2500HD can tow up to 18,100 pounds with the Duramax® Turbo-Diesel V8, and there’s also a gasoline powered Vortec™ options as well. The Silverado HD has features like Tow/Haul modes, StabiliTrak® with Trailer Sway Control, and Digital Steering Assist as well.
The Silverado 3500HD produces a staggering 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, earning it a maximum towing capacity of 23,300 pounds. This requires a Regular Cab 4×4 DRW configuration with the available Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine.
This year’s annual St Louis Auto Show was held from January 25-28 at the America’s Center downtown. There were more than 500 new cars, trucks, and SUVs on display for the event, and over 25 manufacturers were represented. Visitors had a chance to see a number of attractions, as well.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, one of the highlighted events was the Classic Car Studio Speed Shop which included a 1966 Chevrolet C10 model. Visitors met the “Speed is the New Black” crew at the event from Thursday through Saturday and learned more about their unique C10 model.
There were also several activities for kids and adults. Kid-friendly activities included an ultimate bungee trampoline, a mobile rock wall, a 16-foot slide, and a Daytona Racing Simulator. For the adults, there was a Jeep Wrangler Build Off competition to see who could build the best custom Wrangler, and a Stray Rescue Adoption event.
At ELCO Chevrolet, we were excited to see the wide range of new Chevy models at the Auto Show. If you’re interested in seeing some of the newest Chevy models for yourself, visit us at ELCO Chevrolet to see our inventory and schedule a test drive.
Carbon fiber is a more expensive material than aluminum or steel, but it has huge benefits. Chevy has always been against Ford’s method of using aluminum in the bed of their trucks, citing how much easier aluminum is to dent and pointing out its struggle to carry heavier loads. Carbon fiber is both lighter and stronger than aluminum, meaning its addition would lead to better fuel economy and less chance of damage.
GM is also rumored to be adding aluminum to the doors of its pickups in an attempt to further reduce weight. There is also speculation that the automaker will use carbon fiber in a mix of materials, including a carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic that has been in development since 2011.
With 2018 models so newly introduced, we won’t see carbon fiber beds for at least another model year. However, if you’d like to see the newest 2018 pickup models, stop by ELCO Chevrolet for a closer look.