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Take a drive in your Chevrolet – 5 Places to Go Canoeing or Kayaking in Ohio 


Though they may be pretty far from both the East and West Coasts, Ohioans still have plenty of water activities to keep them cool and active during the summertime.

From Lake Erie to the Ohio River, the Buckeye State is full of scenic creeks and waterways that are perfect for paddling. Here are just some of the best places in the state to go canoeing or kayaking.

Mohican River

The village of Loudonville, which is located in between Cleveland and Columbus, has actually earned the nickname “Canoe Capital of Ohio” due to the many liveries located along the Mohican River. Paddling down the river will take you through the beautiful Mohican State Park, which contains three separate camping areas for those looking to turn their trip to Loudonville into a weekend-long getaway. And with nearby hiking trails and zip-lining available, there is no reason not to make the most of your visit. Get a list of nearby rental facilities at http://discovermohican.com/what-to-do.php?UID=24.

Lake Erie

There are many potential launching off points for those looking to paddle Lake Erie, but perhaps the most scenic is found in the Marblehead area. On a clear day, those canoeing and kayaking off the shores of Marblehead will enjoy views of the historic Perry’s Monument on South Bass Island, the towering roller coasters at Cedar Point and the picturesque Marblehead Lighthouse which stands on the rocky shores of the peninsula. For those who do not own their own canoe or kayak, there are many boat rental services in the area, including Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals and Kayak the Bay, Ltd on South Bass Island. Learn more about paddling in this area at http://paddling.net/places/showReport.html?2078.

Big Darby Creek

Central Ohio’s Big Darby Creek runs 84 miles from Champaign County down to Franklin County. One of the most biologically diverse aquatic systems in all of the Midwest, the river is home to the only known population of the Scioto madtom species of fish. Those paddling Big Darby Creek should be sure to stop in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, which is home to bison and other fascinating wildlife. Trapper John’s Canoe Livery in Grove City is one of the most popular boat rental services in the area, and trips and pricing can be found at http://trapperjohnscanoeing.com/#!trips/czpx.

Little Miami River

The 111-mile Little Miami River flows through five counties in southwestern Ohio, beginning in Clark County and emptying into the Ohio River. One of the best stretches of the Little Miami can be enjoyed at Scenic River Canoe Excursions, located in the Greater Cincinnati area. Scenic River Canoe Excursions offers group outings and canoe, kayak and tube rentals for a peaceful, relaxing paddle down one of the state’s most beautiful waterways. To learn more, visit http://scenicrivercanoe.com/.

Hocking River

The rolling Hocking Hills of southeastern Ohio provide some of the most beautiful views in all of Appalachia. While most residents, visitors and students at the nearby Ohio University have hiked through Hocking Hills State Park at one time or another, fewer have experienced the pleasure of paddling down the Hocking River. Fox’s Hocking Hills Canoe Livery in Logan rents out canoes, kayaks and rafts to those wishing to explore the Hocking River, while also providing campsites, cabins and fun Moonlight Tours. For more information, visit http://hockingriver.com/.

From the Big Darby Creek to the Little Miami River, there are waterways of all shapes and sizes in Ohio just waiting to be explored. Hop into a kayak or canoe and paddle your way through some of these scenic spots.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio

 

Why do we recommend ACDelco dexos™1 certified engine oil?


DexosGM dexos™ Engine Oil Increases Engine Efficiency New for the 2011 model year, GM will introduce ACDelco dexos™1 certified engine oil as a factory fill and service fill for its gasoline engines worldwide. The new engine oil specification has been developed to help meet the increased demands for enhanced engine efficiency. dexos™ oil helps deliver increased fuel efficiency and reduced engine emissions. dexos™ is a GM proprietary engine oil specification that has been designed to:

  • Further improve fuel economy (to meet future Corporate Average Fuel Economy, CAFE, requirements) and fuel economy retention through improved viscometric properties that create less friction in the engine, which allows the oil to maintain its fuel economy benefits throughout the longer life of the oil
  • Provide a more robust formulation for added engine protection that offers improved oxidation and deposit-forming tendencies and aeration performance, which enables fuel-saving devices, such as January / February I 2011 January / February 2011 ACDelco News Page 2 Variable Valve Timing, to work optimally
  • Support GM’s Oil Life Monitoring System (OLMS) by resisting degradation between oil changes
  • Ensure worldwide availability of equal quality oil while reducing the duplication of a large number of internal GM engine oil specifications, replacing GM specifications GMLL-A-025, GM6094M and GM4718M. dexos™1 also is backward compatible for older vehicles; however, the owner manual oil specification in prior model years remains acceptable.

dexos™ Classifications

The dexos™ specification includes two classifications.

  1. GM will require dexos™1 for global factory fill in spark ignited engines worldwide and service fill for gasoline engines worldwide. It will replace the GM6094M specification for most GM gasoline engines.
  2. dexos™2, required for diesel engines as well as a service fill for gasoline engines in Europe, was introduced in Europe late last year.

GF-5 Standard

In addition to GM dexos™, a new International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) standard, GF-5, was introduced in 2010. There is a new API engine oil service category – SN Resource Conserving. The current GF-4 standard was put in place in 2004. The GF- 5 standard will use a new engine fuel economy test, called Sequence VID (six D), which provides a statistically significant increase in fuel economy versus the Sequence VIB (six B) test that was used for GF-4. Like dexos™, the new ILSAC GF-5 standard will call for more sophisticated additives.

It’s expected that all dexos™1 approved oils will meet GF-5. However, not all GF-5 engine oils will necessarily meet the dexos™ specification.

Fuel Economy

Since CAFE standards were first introduced in 1974, the fuel economy of cars has more than doubled, while the fuel economy of light trucks has increased by more than 50 percent. Proposed CAFE standards call for a continuation of increased fuel economy in new cars and trucks. To meet these future requirements, all vehicle operation aspects are being looked at more critically than ever before.

New technology being introduced in GM vehicles designed to address vehicle efficiency and fuel economy include direct injection, cam phasing, turbocharging and Active Fuel Management. The demands of these technologies on engine oil also are taken into consideration when determining new oil specifications. Active Fuel Management, for example, can help to achieve improved fuel economy, however, alternately starting and stopping cylinders puts a lot of stress on engine oil.

To meet tough fuel economy mandates, the industry will shift toward lower viscosity oils. Testing has shown that thinner 0W-20 oil, for example, can provide as much as a 4-percent improvement in fuel economy over 15W-40 oil.

dexos™1 will be offered in these viscosities: SAE 0W-20, 5W-20, 0W-30 and 5W-30. dexos2™ will be available in SAE 5W-30, 0W-40 and 5W-40. Please check the appropriate vehicle owner manual for the proper viscosity grade.

Increased Service Intervals

To help reduce the consumption of oil while maintaining proper engine protection, many GM vehicles equipped with the GM OLMS have a maximum oil change interval that is much longer than what was considered a normal interval just a few years ago.

ACDelco News Page 3 If all GM vehicle owners follow the OLMS intervals in their vehicles as intended, GM estimates that more than 100 million gallons of oil could be saved annually.

The second generation OLMS will rely on significantly more engine operating information than the current system, which, combined with dexos™ certified oil, could allow a significant extension of the maximum oil change interval. dexos™ specifications call for improved oil robustness to support extended drain intervals over a vehicle’s lifetime.

When the OLMS determines that an oil and filter change is needed, the driver is notified by a Change Oil message on the instrument panel. The oil change should be performed within 600 miles (1,000 km). The OLMS must be manually reset when the oil is changed.

dexos™1 Availability: Currently, ACDelco Synthetic Blend dexos™1 5W30 engine oil is available through the GM Oil Program in 55 gallon drums (which can be pumped into bulk tanks). Quart-size packaged product is now available. Orders may be placed through your local ACDelco oil distributor http://www.jackmaxton.com.

More Information can be found at

http://www.acdelcotechconnect.com/pdf/newsletters-press-releases/acdelco/2011/11jti-007-acdelco-news-2011.pdf

Take a drive in your Chevy – Top Five Places for Film Buffs in Ohio


Explore your favorite movie sites in the Buckeye State

Over the years, Ohio has been the backdrop for many movie sets. With its picturesque small towns, rolling hills, and Midwest charm, Ohio scenery offers a unique perspective not easily duplicated in Hollywood. Ohio is also home to many inspiring older theatres, where moviegoers flock to see vintage films as well as the newest blockbusters. These top five locations offer the best sites for film buffs in the State.

Athena Cinema

Time stands still at the Athena Cinema in downtown Athens. Established in 1915, the theatre has welcomed visitors for a century. The Athena was purchased and completely restored by Ohio University in 2001 and now welcomes local patrons while also providing a home for budding University filmmakers. The non-profit Art Deco theatre offers a unique partnership between the community and students by allowing patrons to take in a new major motion picture or experience the excitement of student screening all in one place. To learn more, visit http://athenacinema.com/about/.

A Christmas Story House

Who can forget one of the most memorable Christmas flicks of all time, A Christmas Story? Visit the home where the movie was filmed. See the window where the infamous leg lamp lighted the front porch and walk through the kitchen where Ralphie, his brother Randy, and their parents spent so much time. Across the street from this Cleveland suburb home is A Christmas Story House Museum. There you can see original props from the movie including the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle Ralphie admired in the store window. For more information, visit http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call (216) 298-4919. The house and museum are open all year.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Film Series

For years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has offered film screenings twice a week, and the tradition continues. Hosted in the two theatres at the Museum, the showings are a popular event among all ages. Learn more by visiting http://www.clevelandart.org/events/films/about-film/history-museum%E2%80%99s-film-series.

The Murphy Theatre

The Murphy Theatre and the town of Wilmington were the backdrop for the 1993 movie, Lost in Yonkers, starring Richard Dreyfuss. The restored theatre remains active today with live performances from entertainers and theatre groups, as well as the occasional film showing. To learn more, visit the http://www.themurphytheatre.org.

The Studio Movie Grill

A night out on the town typically involves going out for dinner followed by a movie. The Studio Movie Grill combines the two and offers a unique dine-in movie experience. Visit the fully-stocked bar before the show for a pre-dinner drink. Enter the theatre before the movie starts to place your order for your meal. When your meal order arrives, dine in style in a specially-designed seat with table top. With newly-released movies, drinks, and movies, your whole evening on the town takes place at the movie theatre. Located in downtown Columbus, the Studio Movie Grill is centrally-located. Visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com for more information.

Spend some time exploring some of these unique and one-of-a-kind movie locations in Ohio.

 

Corvette museum may keep some damaged ‘Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display


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General Motors and National Corvette Museum officials will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb 12 are fit to be restored.

The museum, which plans to keep the damaged Corvettes on display through the summer, may decide to leave some unrepaired as part of a permanent display, GM spokesman Monte Doran said.

“That’s something that we need to discuss further with the museum,” Doran said.

The museum, in Bowling Green, Ky., removed the last Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, from the sinkhole on April 9. “It is, by far, the most heavily damaged of all eight,” the museum said in a statement.

Two of the damaged vehicles — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors. The other vehicles, owned by the museum, included a 1962 black Corvette; 1984 PPG Pace Car; 1992 white 1-millionth Corvette; 1993 40th anniversary Corvette; 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06; and the 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette The original plan was to restore all eight vehicles, Doran said. But because of severe damage to some of the Corvettes, and feedback received from Corvette enthusiasts, the museum is exploring other options, such as preserving a portion of the sinkhole.

A display focusing on the Sinkhole event is now open in the building’s exhibit hall.

“Current plans are to keep the cars on display as they are so that guests through the summer and especially the thousands attending our 20th Anniversary Celebration will have a chance to see the cars and witness the sinkhole,” Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, said in a statement.

Doran said representatives from GM design, marketing and engineering who have built show cars are expected to attend the meeting and determine the “best way to fix” the cars.

“Our ultimate goal is to help the museum in any we can because they are a charitable nonprofit organization that is not owned by Chevrolet or GM,” Doran said.

The museum’s sinkhole recovery and remediation team, along with a group of architects and geologists from Western Kentucky University, met last week to discuss construction plans to rebuild the floor where the sinkhole occurred.

The team is still compiling data but early findings indicate the sinkhole was caused by the collapse of a portion of a cave roof. “Several things could have caused this, including the extra weight from clay soils above the roof becoming saturated from heavy rain,” the museum said in a statement.

After the accident, the museum has received $75,000 in donations, said Katie Frassinelli, marketing and communications manager at the museum.

“We even have a jar of dirt that fell off of the 1992 1-millionth Corvette when it was pulled out,” she said. It’s being auctioned to raise funds, she said, and “it’s up to $540.”

 

Information from  www.gm.com http://www.chevy.com

Chevrolet Returns to the Big Screen This Summer in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction”


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Chevrolet and a Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee will once again turn heads when the Transformers movie franchise returns to screens around the globe in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” from director Michael Bay, in theaters June 27.

The latest film also features Chevrolets sold around the world including a Corvette Stingray that converts to Autobot Crosshairs, a Trax and a Sonic outfitted as a Rally Car.

The fifth-generation Camaro converted into Bumblebee in the 2007 film “Transformers,” the 2009 film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and the 2011 film “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” The latest edition features two Camaros specifically built for the film, one a heavily modified vintage 1967 Camaro SS and the other a futuristic concept Camaro.

“The Transformers movies have been a great partnership for Chevrolet by allowing us to introduce our vehicles to new fans, young and old, around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “Now for the fourth time, you’ll see a Camaro as a heroic Autobot, a fitting role for one of the stars of Chevrolet’s lineup.”

Said LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount Pictures: “The Chevrolet partnership with this iconic Michael Bay movie franchise has become one of the longest-running and most innovative movie-brand relationships in film history. This new Chevy campaign will definitely bring new and exciting elements to a global audience of Transformers movie fans around the world.”

In addition to providing vehicles for the production, General Motors’ locations for filming included GM Design at the Warren Technical Center, the Milford Proving Ground and the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
Information From http://www.chevy.com  http://www.gm.com

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Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro


Sleeker styling and a new Z/28 model highlights of the 2014 Camaro

For 2014, the Chevrolet Camaro, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, dials up the level of competition in the segment, thanks in part to a slew of updates including revised front and rear styling, improved aerodynamics, available features like RECARO® performance bucket seats and a head-up display, and, perhaps most significant, the return of the Z/28 model to a lineup that already includes SS and ZL1 variants. Coupe and convertible body styles are available.

Trims: Cool Cruiser to Track-Ready Brute

 

As noted by Kelley Blue Book editors, “Whether you’re a 20-something performance enthusiast seeking a car that boasts loads of power and aggressive looks, or a mid-lifer ready to get your crisis on/relive your youth, the 2014 Camaro offers serious thrills for the money.” Indeed, with an MSRP of just $23,055, the Camaro 1LS coupe packs a punch courtesy of its powerful V6 engine, rear-drive chassis dynamics, and a bounty of standard features that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a complimentary 6-month subscription for OnStar’s Directions & Connections® plan with helpful Turn-by-Turn Navigation assistance.

The 2014 Camaro 2LS and 1LT trims are equipped with premium cloth upholstery, foglamps, power-adjustable front seats, and the Chevy MyLink touch-screen and voice-controlled infotainment system featuring Pandora and Stitcher music apps, smartphone integration and much more. Drivers looking for extra amenities may want to consider the 2LT trim with its standard leather upholstery, head-up display, distinct gauges, rearview camera, 245-watt Boston Acoustics® sound system, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Camaro SS is available in 1SS and 2SS versions, the former marked by the addition of a V8 engine along with 20-inch alloy wheels, Brembo ventilated disc brakes, and a limited-slip differential. The 2SS trim ups the ante by also adding the amenities found on the Camaro 2LT.

 

Moving the performance needle to even greater heights is the Camaro ZL1, which Chevy has fitted with a vented hood to increase road-gripping downforce, a dual-mode exhaust system that delivers a throaty bark at higher rpm, and a track-tuned chassis that includes GM’s incredibly responsive Magnetic Ride Control technology, the fastest-reacting suspension in the world.

Positioned atop the Camaro lineup is the new-for-2014 Z/28. Using a V8 engine borrowed from the Corvette Z06 and featuring components such as Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake rotors, RECARO® seats, and massive R-compound tires that are essentially street-legal slicks, the Z/28 is quite simply the most capable factory-built Camaro ever offered.

 

Engines: No Less Than 323 Horses
 
In their review of the new Camaro, the editors of Edmunds.com wrote, “No matter which engine you choose, no one will ever accuse your 2014 Chevrolet Camaro of being slow. The V6 is responsive and revs freely, and the exhaust note is pleasingly sporty.”

The V6 they’re referencing is a direct-injected 3.6-liter with continuously variable valve timing. It produces a big 323 hp backed up by 278 lb/ft of torque, all of which is transmitted to the rear wheels via an Aisin® six-speed manual transmission with Hill-Start Assist or an adaptive six-speed automatic with TAPShift steering-wheel paddle shifters.

That six-cylinder is standard in LS and LT trims, while the SS variants are amped up with a 6.2-liter V8 that puts out 426 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque. The V8 features efficiency-minded Active Fuel Management technology, which allows it to run on four cylinders under light loads to save fuel. In the ZL1, that 6.2-liter V8 is coupled with a supercharger that boosts output to 580 hp and 556 lb/ft of torque. The SS and the ZL1 come with separate versions of a TREMEC six-speed manual with Launch Control or with the six-speed TAPshift automatic transmission.

Finally, there’s the 2014 Z/28. At the heart of this all-new, track-ready Camaro is a hand-assembled LS7 7.0-liter V8 pushing 505 hp and 480 lb/ft of tire-shredding torque paired with a model-specific short-through TREMEC six-speed manual transmission. A standard 10.5-quart dry-sump oil system uses pressurized oil to ensure essential lubrication during high performance driving, and the Z/28 also features a special Performance Traction Management System and standard limited-slip differential. According to Chevy, this version of its iconic muscle car finished a lap of the famous Nürburgring race track, in bad weather, in seven minutes and 37 seconds (faster than some high-priced exotic supercars), and can pull 1.08g’s in corners.

 

Car Care: Springtime Check Up


Shake off the dust and rust and get ready for nicer weather

With winter nearly over and warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about getting your automobile back into shape. Cold weather and poor road conditions wreak havoc on your vehicle, both inside and out, so here are some helpful suggestions to get your ride ready for spring.

A thorough exterior and interior cleaning is first on the to-do list. Outside, be sure to give your car, truck or SUV a good wash to remove dirt and debris that has built up over the winter. Those in snowy regions should pay special attention to the undercarriage, where salt and sand can take its toll on metal parts.

Inside, clean out any winter-specific accessories you are carrying, and be sure to check and replenish your first-aid and roadside assistance kits. If you carry items like tire chains or bags of sand or kitty litter in the winter, it can be tempting to just leave them in the trunk or bed until next year, but don’t do it – all that extra weight will cost you money at the pump. According to http://www.fueleconomy.gov, carrying just 100 extra pounds can reduce your mileage by up to two percent.

Pay special attention to your vehicle’s upholstery and carpet to ensure they are free of dirt, stains and salt residue, and make sure you use products safe for the specific type of cloth, microfiber, suede or leather you have. Your dealership can advise you about the appropriate cleaners, stain removers, etc., recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer, and most dealers offer detailing services to quickly and professionally get your vehicle looking great.

Now that winter is almost over, it’s also time to replace your snow tires with your warmer-weather rubber. While you’re at it, check both sets of tires to see if they are ready for another season. Make sure there is adequate tread depth, and look for uneven tread wear that could indicate a balancing or wheel alignment issue. Vibrations felt when driving, and pulling to one side or the other, are also signals that service is in order. Your brakes have probably been through a lot over the past few months, so having a factory-trained technician take a good look at all the components would be a good idea, too.

Next, check your belts and hoses; fluid levels; battery; air, oil and fuel filters; and plugs and wires. Test your air conditioning system to be sure it is blowing cold air, and inspect your wiper blades for winter damage. It’s also a good time to get an oil change.

Regardless of what service you need, stop by and have the factory-trained professionals who know your vehicle best do the right work, with the right parts, for a price that’s lower than you think.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.