Get Your Vehicle Serviced By Jack Maxton Chevrolet

Proper service is key to keeping your vehicle running efficiently

Even if your automobile is out of warranty, your dealer’s service department is the best place to have it maintained and repaired. There are many good reasons to choose a dealer over your neighborhood garage.

Vehicles built in the past two decades have become vastly more sophisticated and complex as the engineers who develop them strive to meet ever more stringent safety, fuel economy and emissions regulations. Networks of computers in vehicles manage everything, including engine and transmission systems, fuel delivery, brakes, airbags, heating and cooling and even audio systems.

Today each carmaker uses its own unique systems and proprietary technology, and understanding how it all works takes specialized, brand-specific training. In addition, maintaining, diagnosing and repairing these systems requires specialized tools and equipment. Many systems in modern vehicles are interconnected––for example, vehicle stability management systems often comprise braking, throttle control and traction control functions––so understanding how they all work together is critical to ensuring they all continue to work as they are designed to.

The service technicians that work at dealerships get extensive factory training and certification on a regular basis to ensure that they are thoroughly familiar with every model that automaker sells. They learn how all the systems work and how to use the proper tools keep them running.

As new vehicle propulsion systems are invented and more technologically advanced vehicles are developed – such as battery electrics, plug-in hybrids and eventually hydrogen fuel cells and even autonomous vehicles – specialized training will be more important than ever.

You depend on your vehicle to get to work, school and the grocery store safely and reliably. In addition to properly trained technicians, dealer service departments also use the same original-equipment replacement parts that went into the vehicle at the factory. Automakers spend years developing and testing new vehicles and every component that goes into them. They also conduct thousands of crash tests to make sure drivers and passengers are protected during an accident.

Third-party replacement parts may look like the originals, but it’s often what you can’t see that makes the difference. Non-original electronics and sensors are often not built to the same standards, and body and suspension components may be produced from different material grades that don’t hold up as well as factory parts. Saving a few dollars on third-party replacement parts can often cost you far more down the road.

The dealer service department will almost always provide a warranty on both the labor performed on your vehicle and the replacement parts the technicians install, something you often won’t get from an independent shop. Whenever possible, it’s best to have your vehicle serviced by the experts that know it best, with training from people that built it. The peace of mind you get will be worth it.

What Is Your Carbon Footprint?

Discover how your daily actions create an effect on the environment

Almost everything you do has an impact on the world around you. Whether it is a small or large action, how you live your life adds up to produce your overall carbon footprint (your total effect on the environment).
How can you determine your carbon footprint? Evaluate the following list and give yourself one point for each item for which you currently participate.

Home recycling
Do you participate in home recycling? Give yourself one point for each item you recycle:
· Newspapers and other papers
· Aluminum cans and foil
· Glass bottles
· Tin cans
· Plastic containers
· Plastic bags

Shopping and purchasing
Are you eco-conscious when you shop? Give yourself one point for each action in which you participate:
· Bring your own bags to the store
· Buy items with less packaging
· Purchase goods made from recycled materials
· Buy clothes made from natural fibers
· Choose foods that do not have chemicals
· Avoid buying unnecessary goods
· Re-use and repurpose worn items

Eating and dining
Are you conscious of what you are eating and where your food comes from? Give yourself one point for each action:
· Participate in a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle
· Purchase items from local farmers
· Choose products grown with little or no pesticides
· Grow your own food
· Limit meat products

Energy efficiency
How much do you conserve energy? Give yourself one point for each action:
· Keep electricity use to a minimum
· Turn down the thermostat in winter and turn it up in summer
· Use alternative sources of energy

How do you get around? Give yourself one point for each action:
· Choose not to own a car
· Ride your bicycle or walk to your destinations when possible
· Use public transportation
· Carpool with coworkers
· Combine errands to reduce the time you must use your vehicle

In your spare time
What do you do for vacations and fun? Give yourself one point for each action you take:
· Stay close to home and explore local venues
· Walk local hiking trails (and help by picking up litter along the way)
· Use a tent, rather than a camper
· Take reusable items (plates, cups, silverware) on picnics

What it means
Add up all your points. There are 30 points in all. Did you get at least 20 points? If not, don’t be discouraged. According to, every change you make can make a difference, no matter how small it seems.

To change your carbon footprint, consider setting environmental goals. Look at the above list and note what actions you are currently not participating in but could easily change. Set an annual goal to cut your carbon footprint in half by concentrating on the daily actions you can change. Some of the easiest changes to make in your life include your shopping habits. What items can you purchase locally? Hop on your bike, grab your shopping bag, and visit your local gardeners, farms and farmers and get to know the people who grow and sell food in your area. Not only will you help your local economy, but you’ll have less impact on the environment and be eating healthier as well.

It may not be possible to lead a life entirely devoted to eco-consciousness. However, each little change does make a difference and can lead to a larger impact in the world around you.

Introducing the 2014 Chevrolet SS



Chevy SS


The Chevrolet SS is the first V8 powered, rear-wheel-drive, four-door sedan since 1996, and will be the car Chevrolet features in this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Chevrolet will be the only manufacturer in the series offering a V8 powered rear-wheel-drive for consumers to purchase.

The Chevrolet SS is powered by the LS3 small-block V8 engine. The engine, which is actually larger than the one in its NASCAR counterpart, features a fuel-injected, 6.2-liter, engine that is estimated by GM to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually using TAPshift technology, and accelerates from 0-60 in an estimated 5 seconds.

The Chevrolet SS is very well equipped with standard equipment found in many luxury sedans including a leather-appointed interior, 10-way power adjustable front bucket seats, Chevy MyLink with GPS-based navigational system, a Bose® nine-speaker premium sound system, and a fully-adjustable heads-up display that projects vehicle information such as speed onto the windshield without requiring the driver to take his or her eyes off the road.

A comprehensive suite of standard safety technologies include:
• StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control
• Forward Collision Alert
• Lane Departure Warning
• Side Blind Zone Alert and a rear-vision camera with Cross Traffic Alert

The SS also includes Automatic Parking Assist, which provides the driver of the SS hands-free parking assistance.

The Chevrolet SS originates from the proven, race-tested, global rear-wheel drive architecture that is the foundation for the Camaro, Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and Holden’s VF Commodore. The Chevrolet SS will be produced by Holden and shipped into the U.S. from Australia.


• SS is the first V8-powered rear-wheel drive sedan to
enter the Chevrolet portfolio in 17 years

• This high-performance four-door vehicle is for
performance enthusiasts seeking an exhilarating drive
experience while providing luxury sedan style, comfort,
convenience and safety

• SS will also serve as Chevrolet’s winning entry into the
popular NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series

• SS is based on GM’s Global Rear Wheel Drive
architecture which underpins Camaro and the all-new
Holden Commodore

• SS will be produced to order (no selling out of port).
Production is scheduled to start in Australia during Q3,
with first units scheduled to arrive in dealerships late Q4

• SS volume is in line with other V8-powered rear-wheel-drive
domestic sedans


• SS provides a highly refined, yet aggressive exterior and
interior design with features that include HID headlamps,
front bucket heated and ventilated seating and
ambient lighting

• SS has a performance car “stance” and wide track with
19-inch wheels and tires1

• SS is closely related to the NASCAR® Sprint Cup racecar

• SS is rear-wheel drive and includes a 6.2L V8 engine
(LS3) with 415 horsepower2 (small block V8 technology
shared with its NASCAR counterpart)

• SS includes a standard six-speed automatic
transmission with manual TAPshift® controls that give
you command over the gear selection for an exhilarating
drive experience, while keeping your transitions smooth

• SS has a 0-to-60 mph time that rivals many performance
coupes (5 seconds)2

• SS incorporates a sport-tuned suspension (front
MacPherson strut-based multi-link system and rear
multilink independent system) and electric power
steering (EPS) for a connected driving feel

• SS has standard StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control
system and track-capable front Brembo® brakes that
contribute to its road-holding capabilities


• SS offers Automatic Parking Assist, a system that works
to provide hands-free parking by accurately detecting
space and working with you to steer into the space

• SS comes standard with a Bose® Premium Sound System
and Chevrolet MyLink3 with a color touch-screen that
lets you speak to friends and family safely while driving
using Bluetooth®4 technology, enjoy your favorite music
or news programs and find your favorite places around
town (with standard navigation)

• SS provides the latest in safety technologies, including
Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side
Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Vision Camera with Rear Cross
Traffic Alert


1 Summer performance tires should not be used for driving in winter conditions. Doing so will adversely affect vehicle safety, performance, and durability. An alternate tire should be used
in winter conditions. Summer-only tires tend to wear faster and are more susceptible to damage from road hazards or curb impact than standard profile tires. Use only GM-approved tire
and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle’s performance characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, go to or see
your dealer for details.
2 GM estimates.
3 MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
4 Go to to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.


Heating System Service – Don’t get caught in the cold

When the temperature dips, your vehicle’s heater is your best friend, so it’s important to make sure the system is operating properly.
Automotive heaters consist of several main components – the vents, the blower fan and the heater core. If any of these fail, you could be left cold and miserable on your commute.
The cooling system circulates coolant around the engine to draw off excess heat so the engine doesn’t turn into a lump of molten metal. The hot coolant passes through two heat exchangers to transfer the heat to the air flowing around the vehicle. One of these is the radiator, which handles most of the work of cooling the engine. Before the hot coolant gets to the radiator, it passes through a smaller heat exchanger behind the passenger side of the dashboard.
The most important part of heating system maintenance is making sure the cooling system is flushed regularly and the hoses are in good condition. If this step is ignored, the heater core and radiator can corrode or the passages can get clogged, preventing proper circulation.
The first step in testing the heater is to make sure the engine is thoroughly warmed up and the temperature control is turned up. With the engine warm, you should feel warm air coming out of at least some of the vents. If not, the cooling system should be checked for leaks, blockages and low coolant level. Be sure to check your thermostat for proper operation. If coolant is dripping into the passenger footwell, the hoses and heater core should be tested for leaks.
If heated air is available, the fan should be checked to make sure it works at all speeds levels. Direct the airflow to the dashboard vents and turn the fan up to ensure each speed level works. If the fan doesn’t work, it could be a burned out motor or a blown fuse. If the fuse has blown, the fan and motor should be checked anyway to make sure there are no obstructions causing an overload. If the fuse is fine, the motor and wiring should be checked.
Even if the wiring is intact and delivering power to the fan motor, it may not blow air if a bearing has failed or something is blocking the fan, such as a small animal looking for a warm place to sleep. If the fan is working but air still isn’t blowing, it’s time to check the ducts. If air blows from the dash vents when the airflow is set to circulate but not when directed to take in fresh air, check the intake at the base of the windshield. Leaves and other debris often collect there behind the rear edge of the hood.
If the air doesn’t move even in recirculation mode, the flaps inside the ductwork that direct airflow may not be functioning. On most vehicles, the doors that manage the mix of warm and fresh air or send the air to your feet, windshield or dash are vacuum operated. If the air can’t be re-directed, it’s time to check the vacuum hoses from the engine and the heater control valve. Some newer vehicles are now using small electric servo motors to move these flaps, so if the direction and blending don’t work, it’s time to check the fuses again. If the fuses are intact, a technician will need to check the wiring and the motors.
In general, heating system diagnosis and maintenance is not that complicated. If the cooling system is properly maintained to preserve the engine, the heater will usually work most of the time. Test the fan, temperature and directional controls on a regular basis and if necessary, get the system repaired promptly before you really need it. Stop by today and let us take care of your heating system to ensure it works when you need it most.

GM Earns Four New Wildlife Habitat Certifications

GM has increased the wildlife habitats it manages to nearly 2,500 acres

GM has recently increased its worldwide holdings of wildlife habitats with the certification of four new properties – three in the U.S. and one in Brazil. The addition of these habitats to those already managed by the automaker brings the total to nearly 2,500 acres over 25 different sites.
These sites were certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, “a nonprofit, non-lobbying group of corporations, conservation organizations and individuals dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting biodiversity and educating communities.” according to its website.
GM has more sites with this certification than any other automaker and plans to continue with these efforts. According to the corporate website, “GM is committed to increasing native biodiversity at its facilities and certifying each of its manufacturing sites where feasible by 2020.”
The three new U.S. sites have been recognized with “Wildlife at Work” certifications:
  • The Bowling Green Assembly Plant, in Kentucky, now has 75 acres of habitat, including 1.5 miles of walking trails. There is a new picnic area built on a foundation constructed with 42,000 pounds of recycled material from the plant. Wildlife experts helped determine what plants are grown on the site, and local eighth graders and Boy Scouts have beautified the area by planting sunflowers and building blue bird boxes.
  • Projects managed by the Desert Proving Ground site in Yuma, Arizona, contributed to the creation of the “Sonoran Pollinator Habitat Enhancement” program. One of these projects is the relocation of saguaro cacti to provide food for pollinators and shelter for birds. Another component of the program is the removal of invasive and harmful species. Strategic placement of water barrels encourages Africanized bees to move to safer areas, and salt cedars trees are removed to conserve valuable groundwater needed by native plants, while the brush from the trees creates habitat for small mammals.
  • The Drayton Warehouse, in Michigan, has transformed an unused parking lot and adjacent area into a 35-acre habitat with rolling hills and a stormwater retention pond. The area now helps feed and sustain the local deer and bird populations and aims to increase the diversity of local plant life.
The new international site, Mogi das Cruzes, in Brazil, comprises 4.3 hectares of land set aside for wildlife protection and employee education. GM has earned a “Corporate Lands for Learning” certification for this site, which works to educate employees about helping the environment. As part of this program, “The team organizes an environmental week where employees have the opportunity to partake in outdoor activities and lectures on preserving nature, reusing materials and saving water and energy,” according to the GM website.
In addition to these four new sites, five others have achieved recertification, highlighting GM’s commitment to the ongoing process of managing the wildlife habitats that benefit both the environment and the company. “Our natural resources have business value and we work to protect them,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs. “These wildlife habitats also enable employees to take part in conservation efforts and help us strengthen our community ties.”
These achievements make GM a leader among automakers as the company works to better the environment and local communities.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Advantages

The best Malibu ever…

When Chevrolet was designing the new Malibu it was building more than a better Chevy; it was aiming to create the best midsize car on the market. With a bold new design, advanced powertrains and class-leading features, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is the new benchmark.
The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu (MSRP $21,995) features a sharp new exterior design that improves aerodynamic efficiency and turns heads. Exterior features like the wide stance, integrated rear spoiler and taillamps share DNA with cars like the Camaro and the Corvette. The new wide body gives the Malibu and athletic and sporty look and provides more interior space at the same time. The new shape also makes the 2013 Malibu the most aerodynamic Malibu Chevrolet has ever created.
The new Malibu comes in eight trim levels: LS, 1LT, Eco 1SA, Eco 2SA, 2LT, 3LT, 1LTZ and 2LTZ. Engines include an Ecotec 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Together, the combination is good for 197 hp (more power than a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry) and 34 mpg on the highway. An available new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is perfect for those who want even more power. The turbocharged four-cylinder features direct injection and makes 259 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque. For buyers looking for the highest levels of fuel efficiency the Malibu Eco with eAssist light electrification technology delivers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, or up to 580 miles of highway driving. Neither the Camry nor the Accord can match that combination of power and efficiency.
The interior of the newest Malibu has been designed to be roomier, more refined and more luxurious than any Malibu before. The wider body makes for a larger and more spacious interior – the Malibu offers more front headroom than the Camry, more rear legroom than the Hyundai Sonata and more rear shoulder room than an Accord – while the addition of intelligent storage spaces helps to maximize utility. A six-inch-deep storage cubby behind the seven-inch touch-screen display adds hidden storage for high-value items; this interesting feature is a first for a U.S. midsize car. Interior details like the trim work in metallic, chrome or wood combine with the dual cockpit design to create a feeling of sophistication and luxury. French contrast stitching, soft-touch surfaces and enhanced sound deadening materials all attribute to the impressive refinement of the new Malibu.
The Malibu has class-leading safety features, as well. With features like 10 standard airbags, available Lane Departure Warning system and a rearview camera, the new Malibu earned a “2013 Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of course, all Malibu models come equipped with the OnStar telematics system that features Automatic Crash Response. In the unfortunate event of a collision, you can rest assured that help will be notified immediately. No other car in the segment offers a system that can compare to OnStar.
The best Chevrolet Malibu ever is also one of the best cars on the road today. With advanced powertrains, impressive fuel economy and unsurpassed safety, it is easy to see the advantage the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has in the market. Come in and test the advantage for yourself.
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