5 places to go in your Chevrolet

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


Vehicle Preview: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

An attainable long-range electric vehicle

Chevrolet is set to change the automotive landscape yet again when the all-new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) goes on sale later this year here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is all new and changes the perception that an electric vehicle has to be expensive. And since it’s a Chevrolet, you know every detail has been obsessed over, and it will bring the reliability and dependability you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet. The Bolt will bring an estimated 200+ mile range per charge, and feature the connectivity, amenities and safety you demand too.

“It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a press release. “The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.”

Designed from the ground up, the Bolt balances a wind defying shape with a bold stance. Sculpted bodysides, strong wheel arches, and a flat underbody do their part in helping cheat the wind for excellent aerodynamics.

There will be room for five adults, and a clever interior with fold-flat seats and an available hidden storage compartment help unlocks a maximum 56.6 of cargo space. The Bolt will also feature the latest in Chevrolet technology and connectivity with a 10.2-inch MyLink color touchscreen display, the Rear Camera Mirror, and a Surround Vision System.

Chevrolet designed the Bolt with the feedback and suggestions from the Volt owners and you’ll find Bluetooth low-energy, as well as more accurate driving range projections. And many technologies will be supported by OnStar 4G LTE, including the all-new MyChevrolet Mobile app that lets you remotely start the Bolt, as well as vehicle charge status, cabin pre-conditioning and more. There will also be a “gamification” function that lets you compete with other drivers to see who’s driving most efficiently.

Charging the Bolt is a breeze and when you use an available 240-volt charging unit, you can expect about 25 miles per hour of charge, with a full charge in around nine hours. The battery itself is a nickel-rich lithium-ion battery that manages its temperature for better performance, and the innovative battery cell arrangement maximizes interior space. Its central location gives it an optimal center of gravity for solid ride and handling.

You also get all the safety features you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet including 10 airbags, a high-strength steel frame, and the safety and security of OnStar all standard. Advanced features like Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Pdestrian Alert are all available as well.

More details will be unveiled in the coming months so stay tuned, and if you’d like to know more, let us know and we’ll let you be among the first to see it in person when it arrives in the coming months.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. http://www.jackmaxton.com 

Tech Tips: Brake Terminology

Tech Tips: Brake Terminology

What you need to know about brake components…

Many drivers don’t think much about their vehicle’s brakes unless they have trouble stopping. What does that squeaking, squealing or grinding really mean, though? The braking system is a complex collection of parts. Here’s a list of basic braking system components to help get you acclimated.

Pads: The brake pads are what convert the kinetic energy of your moving wheels into thermal energy and actually bring you to a stop.  When you press your brake pedal, the pads are squeezed against the rotors (more on those below) to slow and then halt the rotation of your vehicle’s wheels. Some pads have built-in wear indicators that produce a high pitched squealing when the pads need to be replaced. Making sure you get the right brake pads for your specific model is important to ensure even wear, proper stopping and minimal noise.

 Calipers: Brake calipers house the brake pads and are normally found in one of two types: floating or fixed. Dirt or corrosion can negatively impact caliper performance and can even cause them to stick, leading to the pads dragging on the rotors even when the brake pedal isn’t depressed. This can cause reduced fuel economy, overheating and excessive wear.

 Rotors: When you press down on your brake pedal, the pads clamp down onto the rotors (also known as discs) and stop the wheels from spinning. There are various kinds of rotors, including drilled and slotted, which provide less surface area than traditional solid rotors but help distribute heat and minimize wear. Brake rotors are as important as the pads. If you feel pulsing when you decelerate or your steering wheel shakes (sometimes extremely hard), your rotors may be warped. They should be inspected for damage and replaced if necessary.

 Brake Fluid: Hydraulic braking systems rely on brake fluid to convert the force you exert on the brake pedal into the pressure braking components exert on your wheels. Brake fluid also amplifies braking pressure. The Department of Transportation has several classifications for brake fluid––DOT 3 and DOT 4, for example––which reflect a fluid’s boiling point, viscosity and formulation. Consult your owner’s manual or your dealer’s factory trained technicians for information about the type of fluid recommended for your make and model and how often it should be changed.

Brake Line: As most automobiles on the road today have hydraulic brake systems, they also have brake lines that channel the brake fluid to the brakes themselves. Air in brake lines or a ruptured line can cause complete brake failure, so brake lines should be periodically inspected by trained technicians to insure safe operation.

Jack Maxton’s service technicians know the right parts to use for your specific make and model, so whether your brakes are squeaking, squealing, grinding or simply not stopping the way you want them to, the best place to go for brake system diagnostics and service is your dealership. You’ll never have to wonder if they’re using the right parts or the right tools, and you’ll have added peace of mind and confidence behind the wheel.





Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Family

Better than all the rest

What “Luxury Sports Car” was chosen as the best of them all by U.S. News, based on their independent analysis of published reviews and test drives, plus safety and reliability data? The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. Better than anything from Germany or Japan or Great Britain; simply the best. Words like “dazzles,” “remarkable” and “breathtaking” have been thrown around with complete abandon by automotive writers everywhere, and the best part is that this great new Corvette is one of the most affordable sports cars to be found.

Given its startling performance and the universal high-regard the new Corvette has inspired, the car’s $53,000 starting MSRP is even more remarkable; Car and Driver called it a “screaming value,” and AutoTrader called it “simply the best high-performance value on the planet.” After driving the new Corvette, Consumer Guide editors said, “The truth of the matter is, this latest C7 generation of the Corvette is in a performance league where few others can play. And most of those that do cost multiples as much.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray line offers coupe and convertible body styles, Stingray and Z51 models, and 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims for both models. There’s also a Z51 Performance Package that can be added each of the three Z51 trims.

The 2014 Stingray Coupe 1LT is a lightweight, high-precision two-seat sports car that embarrasses competitors costing many thousands more. An aluminum frame and the latest generation of the vaunted small-block V8 are at the heart of it all. This 6.2-liter V8 produces 455 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque, and it hurls the Stingray to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The standard transmission is a seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching and Launch Control. A six-speed paddle-shift automatic is available, and you can adjust it just the way you like thanks to selectable shift feel and shift points. A torque converter with reduced inertia improves shift quality and speed.

Other 1LT features include all-new eight-way power adjustable seats, leather upholstery, Keyless Access and Push-Button Start, a power tilt/telescope steering column, a rear-vision camera, a body-color removable carbon-fiber roof panel, a carbon-fiber hood, a Driver Mode Selector, and a Bose® audio system with nine speakers and a three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe 2LT (MSRP $57,210) is fitted with a variety of popular features and equipment, including heated and ventilated seats with lumbar/wing adjustment and seat emblems, seat position and mirror memory, Bose® premium audio, HomeLink universal remote, auto-dimming mirrors, a color head-up display, one-year SiriusXM subscription, a cargo net and shade, and an enhanced theft-deterrent package.

In Stingray Coupe 3LT (MSRP $61,005), even more luxury is blended into the sport. The 3LT gets a custom leather-wrapped interior with Nappa leather seating surfaces. Navigation, which is available in 1LT and 2LT trims, is standard in the 3LT. The instrument panel in the 3LT matches the interior color, too.

For high-performance lovers looking for the sharpest nail, there’s the 2014 Corvette Z51 (MSRP starting at $57,000). It’s the Stingray for the purist who wants the lightest weight possible. You get the same trims and features as above, plus the availability of the Z51 Performance Package.

The Z51 Performance Package is all business. You get larger wheels in staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear sizes with Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport® summer tires; and a dry sump engine oil system to stand up to high performance driving. An electronic limited-slip differential is included, as are performance gear ratios, and there’s extra cooling for the differential and transmission, as well as HD cooling for the engine. The Z51 chassis rides on its own specific shocks, springs and stabilizer bars. Also exclusive to the Z51 is an aero package that reduces lift at high speeds to enhance stability. Larger, 13.6-inch diameter front brakes with black calipers and slotted brake rotors bring confident stopping to match the impressive acceleration. The Z51 Performance Package can be further enhanced with available Magnetic Selective Ride Control and Performance Traction Management.

Available amenities include Competition Sport bucket seats, with solid magnesium seat frames that are lightweight and strong; and a sueded microfiber-wrapped steering wheel in a smaller, 14.1-inche diameter for performance driving. A sueded, microfiber-wrapped Upper Interior Trim Package richens the interior with a microfiber headliner, visors, A-pillar trim, trim above the windshield and rear window and around the quarter windows. The standard body-color carbon fiber panel can be replaced with a transparent removable panel or a Visible Carbon-Fiber panel with body-color surround. The Body Color Dual Roof Package includes both the transparent panel and the carbon-fiber panel, and the Carbon-Fiber Dual Roof Package pairs the Visible Carbon-Fiber panel with the transparent panel. Brake calipers in red or yellow give you options besides the standard dark gray metallic, too.

The standard rear axle ratio for all Corvette Stingray trims is 3.42:1. This delivers a great blend of performance and economy. Available for 1LT and 2LT trims is a long-legged 2.56:1 limited-slip rear end that pairs with the six-speed automatic transmission. Z51 models offer an available 2.73:1 ratio with the automatic.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette inspired AutoTrader writers to say, “You can certainly pay a lot more for rival sports cars, but it’s hard to imagine wanting more than what this revolutionary C7 ‘Vette provides.” See and drive the new Corvette for yourself, and be your own judge. Schedule your test drive today.

Car Care: Tips to Help Extend the Life of Your Vehicle              

Your vehicle is a big investment, so take care of it

Other than your home, your car or truck is probably your most expensive possession, so taking good care of it is important. In addition to regular maintenance by trained dealership professionals, these tips will help maximize the life of your vehicle and keep it running it the way it should.

Drive With Care
While most people learned to drive defensively and “watch out for the other guy” during driver’s training, driving with care means more than that. It means avoiding rapid acceleration and braking, which can hurt fuel economy and reduce the life of your brakes. Driving with care also means observing posted speed limits; not only is it safer and more fuel efficient, obeying the speed limit also gives you more time to see and avoid potholes (and other “surprises”). Your tires, wheels and suspension components will also last longer if you don’t speed away from stoplights, slam on the brakes at stop signs and crash into potholes at a high rate of speed.

Clean Your Car
Kids, food, sports, home improvement – daily life offers plenty of opportunity to get the interior of your vehicle dirty. Whether it’s a ketchup spill, mud or drywall dust, make sure you tend to stains and dirt in a timely fashion. If you have leather seating surfaces, wipe them down often and use a leather protectant to keep them from staining or cracking. If you have cloth seats, vacuum regularly and use cleaners and stain-prevention treatments recommended by the manufacturer.
The same goes for the exterior. Road debris, weather and pollutants can wreak havoc on the finish of your car or truck, so wash your vehicle regularly with a non-detergent product made specifically for automobiles. Remember to spray down the undercarriage when you wash, especially if you’ve been off-road or live where salt is used on the roads. To keep your vehicle looking its best over time, protect your paint job with wax or sealant at least a couple times a year.

Also, inspect the battery terminals, engine and other crucial parts for leaks and excessive dirt. If you notice a problem, check with your dealer’s service department for advice or assistance. A little work now will keep your vehicle looking great for years to come, but if cleaning, waxing and inspecting isn’t your idea of a good time, watch for dealer detailing specials and take advantage of the free inspections that are usually part of dealer oil change services.

Fix Small Items Before They Become Big Ones

Fixing small things before they become major issues is important, for the health of your wallet as much as for the health of your vehicle. It’s much more cost effective to replace a worn belt or to fix a small crack in your windshield than it is to break down on the side of the road or have to replace an entire windshield. Taking the time sooner rather than later will save you both time and money. Filter changes might seem like small issues, but neglecting them can also lead to bigger, more costly issues down the road. You should also pay careful attention to cabin filters. The filters clean the air that comes in through the ventilation system, and if left unchecked, you could experience unpleasant driving conditions, especially if you have respiratory issues or allergies. They typically need changing every 12,000-15,000 miles but check your owner’s manual. Keeping up with manufacturer-recommended service intervals is another way to have a better running vehicle that will hold more of its value over time.

Watch Your Tires
One of the simplest ways to extend the life of your tires is to make sure they are rotated according to manufacturer recommendations (check your owner’s manual). This helps make sure they wear evenly, and the tread inspection that occurs during tire rotation can help detect other potential problems. If you notice uneven tread wear or you experience vibration when driving, simple things like wheel balancing or alignment can correct the problem and maximize tire life. Proper inflation is equally important – if your tires aren’t properly inflated, your fuel economy will suffer and you will have to replace tires more frequently. The tread-depth of your tires is also an indication of whether or not your car is safe to drive. Your ability to control your car on wet or slippery roads depends on adequate tread, so have your tires inspected at least twice a year and replace them when recommended by the manufacturer or as necessary for your driving conditions.

Don’t Ignore the Dash
Your vehicle is a high-tech and complex piece of machinery and it needs to be treated that way. Any time the “check engine” light, or any other warning light, comes on, it should be attended to immediately to determine the cause. These indicators were specifically designed by the manufacturer to catch smaller items before they turn into major ones. Prompt attention to diagnostic alerts can prevent or minimize expensive repairs.

The best way to keep your car running optimally is to service it regularly and treat it well. Don’t hesitate to stop by and let our factory-trained technicians help you get the most out of your vehicle.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. http://www.jackmaxton.com


Trips to take in your Chevrolet – Date Night

Five Date Night Ideas in Ohio

Highlight your evening with a unique Ohio experience.

Chilly winter weather and busy holiday preparations can leave you yearning for one-on-one time with someone special. Take the opportunity to enjoy a romantic evening at one of Ohio’s many date night destinations.

Up, up and away

What is more enchanting than an evening spent drifting across the sky in a hot air balloon? Gentle Breeze, located in Lebanon, offers sunset hot air balloon excursions lasting approximately two hours (allow three hours for the entire experience). A little chilly? No need to worry. Hot air balloons function better in cooler weather, and winter excursions are available. Gentle Breeze is located at the Warren County Airport. Call (513) 932-9007 or visit http://www.gentlebreeze.com to learn more.

Step back in time

Spend an evening strolling through the quaint village of Chagrin Falls. Located just east of Cleveland, this historic village offers a relaxed evening filled with strolling, shopping, and dining. Stop by the town’s namesake waterfall located downtown and share a serving of popcorn from the Popcorn Shop Factory. Continue on, browsing some of the 80 local shops. For a light dinner, consider Dave’s Cosmic Subs. For more formal fare, stop in at Raintree or Yours Truly restaurants. End the evening with a sweet treat from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams or Sugar Me Desserterie. Visit yourhometownchagrinfalls.com for additional information.

Enjoy the view

Even in brisk weather, Eden Park in Cincinnati offers panoramic views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Krohn Conservatory (located within Eden Park) and then wander down the paths and gardens, stopping to snuggle at the gazebo. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants located nearby, including Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse or View Cucina. Visit http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/eden-park for more information.

Become a wine connoisseur
If you consider yourself an expert on wine, or if wine-tasting is simply an enjoyable hobby, consider a visit to It’s Your Winery in Akron. Spend an evening developing your own wine. Design a blend just for you and your date, and have the winery blend a small batch to pick up at a later time. Not interested in designing a unique blend? Linger over the many selections available. More information is available at http://www.itsyourwinery.com.

Ski the slopes

If your idea of a romantic evening includes adventure, athletics, and the outdoors, a visit to Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield might be the perfect experience for you and a date. Ski the many acres of hilly terrain, choosing the hills appropriate for your skill level. Mad River stays open late (sometimes as late as 3 a.m.), lighting the slopes for visibility and a great view. Those with no ski experience can opt for the Avalanche Tubing Park. Visit http://www.skimadriver.com or call 1-800-231-7669 to learn more.

Whether your special evening is a romantic candlelit dinner for two or a racing ride down a snowy ski slope, discover one of the many unique destinations Ohio has to offer.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio http://www.jackmaxton.com 

Preparing for Summer Road Trips

Helpful tips to make sure your trips run as smoothly as possible

With the kids home from school for the summer, many families decide to pack up the family vehicle and hit the open road to visit family or see America. Being confined to an enclosed space can be stressful enough, so basic preparations before the trip can help keep unexpected disasters to a minimum.

First up is checking the condition of all the tires. With gas prices of nearly $4 per gallon, an easy way to save at the pump is to make sure the tires are properly inflated. Check the sticker on the driver’s door jamb for the recommended pressures, and make sure all four tires are up to spec. Before a road trip, it’s equally important to check the pressure in the spare. While you’re at it, do a visual inspection of the tires and replace tires showing excessive or uneven wear.

Compact spares are typically inflated to between 80 and 90 psi, compared to about 30 to 35 psi for conventional tires. While checking the spare, don’t forget to take out the jack and make sure it’s working and all the parts are there. If your wheels have locking lug nuts, you wouldn’t want to get stranded with a flat tire that can’t be removed so make sure the key is in the car, as well. A first aid kit in the vehicle is always a good idea, too.

Cranky kids confined to a steamy car on a hot summer day are not conducive to a fun family outing, so if you haven’t already checked out the air conditioning, make sure it’s properly chilling the cabin air. If necessary get it recharged with refrigerant or get other repairs done.

Of course, the passengers aren’t alone in needing cooling in the summer. Make sure the engine coolant reservoir is filled to the proper level and the coolant is in good condition. It should be either a bright green color or bright orange if it uses Dex-Cool coolant. If there are any signs of brown discoloration, have the system inspected by your dealer’s service department, as it could be an indication of a leaking head gasket that’s allowing oil to mix with the coolant.

Don’t forget to check under the vehicle after it has been parked to make sure there are no leaks. If there are signs of any fluids other than water (which may just be condensation from the air conditioning compressor) get it checked and repaired as soon as possible.

If you are planning a long trip and your car is close to the mileage where it needs an oil change, take it in early to get fresh oil.

No matter how much you prepare for a trip, the unexpected can sometimes happen. Thankfully, roadside assistance services are always ready to come to your aid. Many automakers now offer complimentary roadside assistance that includes towing, tire changes, emergency fuel delivery and other services during the warranty period on new and sometimes pre-owned vehicles. Cell phone providers also frequently offer similar assistance services for just a few dollars per month added to your bill. For those that prefer the traditional approach, automobile clubs like AAA are also a great option. No matter what service you opt for, make sure you know your account number and program the phone number into your cell phone.

Speaking of cell phones, remember to bring a 12-volt charging adapter so you can keep the battery charged while driving. If you are planning to use a smartphone as a navigation device, check out your local cell phone store for a windshield mount for the phone so you don’t have to hold it in your hand.

Thanks to modern consumer electronics, kids can also stay entertained on the road––listening to whatever music they like, or using laptops or tablets to play games or watch movies––without annoying parents. The batteries in those devices have a habit of running down at inopportune times, however, so having suitable charging capabilities is important.

For devices that can charge from USB ports, if the car doesn’t have extra ports, get a couple of extra 12-volt to USB chargers and, if needed, a multi-outlet adapter. If using a laptop on the road, investing in a 400-watt power inverter will provide one or two AC outlets just like at home, so everyone can stay occupied.

Stop by the dealership today and let us make sure your car is in the right shape before you take it out on a long road trip. Some basic preparation will help minimize the chances of avoidable disasters on the road and allow everyone to come home with memories of a great trip.

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