Basic Pickup Truck Maintenance Tips

pickup truck maintenanceThe 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 Premier Plus Special Editions Offered on Tahoe and Suburban

Chevrolet Premier Plus
Chevrolet is giving its customers more options by introducing Chevrolet Premier Plus special editions. Find out more 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.

What’s the Difference Between the Chevy Sonic and Spark?

difference between the Chevy Sonic and Spark

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.

Here, we’ll elaborate on the difference between the Chevy Sonic and the Spark to help you get started.

Size

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.

Styling

The Chevy Spark is offered only as a hatchback, while the Chevy Sonic is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatch.

Performance

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!

Chevy Brings Virtual Reality Experience to Detroit

2018 Chevy Camaro

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.

New Silverado HD Design: 2500HD and 3500HD Overviews

Silverado HD design

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.

At ELCO Chevrolet, you can test drive the 2018 Silverado 2500HD and the Silverado 3500HD to help you decide which truck is right for the job.

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD in Ballwin, MO

As the temperatures start to drop and it gets more uncomfortable outside, you probably have a checklist of things you do, like making sure everyone has a coat and boots that fit and sealing up any air leaks you might have around your windows or doors. But, you don’t want to forget about your car. Here is your car’s cold weather checklist.

  • Antifreeze. This fluid does exactly as its name implies. It helps maintain proper temperatures in your engine when it is really cold outside so the pipes and moving parts don’t freeze. Make sure the fluid level is correct and it has not been diluted.
  • Lights. As the nights get longer, you will be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
  • Tires. Wet leaves on the road and dropping temperatures can lead to slick conditions. If your tires are running bald, you might not be able to stay on the road. Check your tires’ tread depth and consider switching to winter tires.
  • Emergency kit. Pack an emergency kit in your car with items like blankets, road flares, an extra cell phone and battery, high-energy snacks, water and Gatorade, and other items you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.

If you need help preparing your car for cold weather, schedule a service appointment with us at ELCO Chevrolet.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Introduction

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is finally here with new styling, a spacious interior, and much more. The mid-size SUV is perfect for families, those on a search for adventure, and everyone in between.

The all-new Chevrolet Traverse features a spacious interior capable of seating up to eight passengers in complete comfort, with cargo space in the back for additional storage. Drivers who need more space will end the folding rear seats that expand the available cargo space to a massive 98.2 cubic feet.

In addition to optimal space inside the cabin, the 2018 Traverse comes with a plethora of available safety features. Available active safety features like Forward Collision Alert and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking aid drivers in reducing the severity of and avoiding accidents.

Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Mode offers parents the chance to instill good driving habits in their young driver. Owners can set restrictions through a specific key fob that limits what the vehicle can do until certain criteria are met. Muting the audio until seat belts are buckled is just one example of how parents can encourage good behavior on the road.

Test drive the Chevrolet Traverse today at ELCO Chevrolet.