Car Care: Give Your Car Its Spring Physical


It’s the right time to have your vehicle serviced

Today’s cars and trucks last longer than ever. They are generally more trouble-free than ever before, also, and the best way to keep them that way is the automotive equivalent of a physical. Just as your doctor checks over your systems and structure, your dealership’s service department will look over your vehicle with expert eyes.

Don’t wait until a “Service Engine Soon” warning pops up on the instrument panel or a tire blows out. By then, it may be too late to avoid an expensive repair or considerable inconvenience. Prevent problems on the road with a spring checkup. Here are some items that should be included.

Electrical System: Your car’s battery and alternator should be checked to be sure the charging system is up to snuff, the battery is within its serviceable lifespan and has enough reserve, and all cables and connections are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. Belts should also be checked for tightness, cracks and excessive wear, as a broken belt will stop you in your tracks.

Tires and Wheels: Whack a few killer potholes lately? Modern tires are also better than ever before, but you need to keep an eye out for problems that can lead to tire failure. Have a trained technician examine your tires for cuts in the tread or sidewalls, bulges, bubbles, dry rot, signs of belt separation or other problems that could leave you stranded, and make sure tires are properly inflated. Wheel damage is common, too, so be sure to include them in the inspection.

Suspension and Alignment: At the same time your tires and wheels are inspected, your suspension and wheel alignment should also be examined. Shock absorbers can fail, steering components can bend or become loose, and bushings can wear out. Winter conditions can be hard on the parts designed to support you, as can rough roads or frequent trips into the back country. For predictable handling, even tire wear and maximum fuel efficiency, it’s important that all four wheels––not just the drive wheels–– are properly aligned. If you can’t remember the last time you had it done, now is the time to have an alignment performed. Your tires will last longer and you’ll avoid spending the extra money at the pump that can result from misaligned wheels.

Fluid Levels and Filters: Because today’s cars can click off tens of thousands of miles without problems, it can be easy to forget about checking, topping off and replacing its vital fluids. Coolant and brake fluid both have finite lifespans and require replacement, as indicated in your owner’s manual. Your dealership’s technicians have special tools to check the age and protection level of the engine coolant, and they’ll also have the coolant specified by the manufacturer for use in your car. Brake fluid needs attention as well, and your routine driving conditions––frequent towing, heavy stop-and-go driving, etc.––can make it necessary to have these systems serviced more frequently than indicated in the manufacturer’s basic schedule.

Spring is a great time to treat your car to an oil and filter change. Whether it’s hot or cold where you live, idling a lot, sub-zero temperatures or excessively hot conditions can all degrade engine oil, leaving delicate components more vulnerable to premature wear and corrosion. Moisture and acids can build up in the oil, as well, so getting it changed in the spring ensures proper protection. Don’t forget to have the engine’s air filter and, if equipped, the cabin air filter checked and replaced if needed. Also remember that necessary chassis lubrication is part of the usual “L.O.F.,” or “Lube, Oil, Filter,” service. Those parts are especially susceptible to wear and corrosion, whether salt is used on the roads where you live or not.

As the seasons change again, it’s a great time to rejuvenate your automobile. Good planning and preventative maintenance can ensure a worry-free summer ahead.

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

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Jack Maxton Chevrolet participated in the 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k. Not only did the team walk and raise funds to support the cause, but 4 of our employee’s loved ones are fighting the breast cancer battle right now. It is important to get the word out about yearly mammograms and knowledge about what you can do for early detection. Please click the breast cancer ribbon on the left to see #jackmaxtonchevy pictures from the MSABC 5k. Thank you! 

Car Care: Back to School Maintenance


Routine maintenance will help your vehicle run smoothly for the entire school year

A woman calls for assistance using her mobile phone, after her car broke down on the road side

Whether you’re ferrying a brood to preschool or sending an older child off to college this fall, it’s a great time of year to check out your vehicle. The last thing you need in the middle of the term is the distraction of car trouble. While you take the time to check off the school supply list, here are a few items to ensure your vehicle can keep up with you.

Check the lights: It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to walk around the car in the driveway and make sure everything that lights up or blinks does what it should. It’s not uncommon for position lamps or directional indicators to have blown bulbs without the driver noticing. Don’t forget to check the headlamps, taillamps and brake lamps. Get a helper to make it go faster.

Check the tires: This is another inspection that’s pretty quick. Start with the visuals. Are there obvious nicks or cuts in the sidewall or the tread? Any signs of impact? Look at the tread itself. Is there good tread depth? Is tread evenly worn? If wear isn’t even, it means there could be an alignment problem that can be both costly and dangerous. Get yourself a tire pressure gauge and make sure tires are inflated to the level the manufacturer recommends. All cars have a conspicuously located sticker, often on a door jamb or under the fuel filler cap, with recommended tire pressure. Check your owner’s manual if you can’t find it. Finding anything lodged in the tire or obvious bubbles in the sidewall should send you immediately to get repair.

Check the fluids: Coolant, oil, transmission fluid. These are the lifeblood of your car. Make sure you check them properly and fill as needed. Winter will be here sooner than you think, so don’t forget to top off the windshield washer fluid and put a spare bottle in the car, along with an ice scraper and snow brush. If you don’t want to maintain fluids yourself, your dealer’s service department can make sure everything is as it should be. It can also be convenient to roll this whole exercise into an oil and filter change.

Replace the wiper blades: Most people can’t tell you the last time they replaced their windshield wiper blades. These little strips of rubber are crucial pieces of safety equipment when it rains, sleets and snows. If you don’t know when the last time you changed them was, or if they are leaving streaks or making annoying noises as they wipe, it’s time to change them. Reduced visibility due to defective equipment is a totally preventable hazard.

Other checks: The back-to-school season may coincide with your vehicle’s service schedule. Roll it all together into a single visit, and make sure your vehicle has attention paid to all these areas and whatever else your manufacturer recommends. Going in for an oil change, check of the brakes, suspension, and steering components, and a general once-over is a good way to make sure you and your passengers stay safe.

If you have any questions, or you simply prefer the experts here at the dealership to perform the work, stop by today.

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

Vehicle Preview: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu


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All-new premium design that’s longer, more comfortable and more fuel-efficient

An American classic for more than 50 years, the Chevrolet Malibu is completely new for 2016, from the ground up. Longer, roomier and significantly lighter than before, the exciting 2016 Malibu is also more efficient, and it’s packed with new features and innovative new connectivity and technology. There’s also a new Malibu model for 2016 – the exceptionally efficient Malibu Hybrid.

“Midsize car customers tell us they want great fuel economy and connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Malibu Chief Engineer Jesse Ortega.

Available in L, LS, LT and Premier trims, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu sits on a new wheelbase that’s 3.6 inches longer than previously. It’s 2.3 inches longer overall, and it’s also nearly 300 pounds lighter. These changes equate to greater driving comfort, more interior space, better handling agility and improved fuel economy.

Debuting a new hybrid powertrain that was developed using knowledge gained from the plug-in Volt hybrid, the front-wheel drive 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will deliver a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined, economy unsurpassed in the segment, and it can travel up to 55 mph on electric power alone. The Malibu Hybrid powertrain includes an all-new direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, a two-motor drive unit similar to the one in the 2016 Volt, and an 80-cell, 1.5-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 182 hp.

The non-hybrid 2016 Malibu is standard with an all-new 1.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine. Lightweight and powerful, the turbocharged 1.5-liter produces 160 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque – torque comparable to that of the outgoing 2.5-liter four-cylinder, in a vehicle almost 300 pounds lighter. Fuel-saving engine start/stop technology helps the four-cylinder-equipped Malibu return an impressive 27 mpg city––an eight percent increase over the previous model––and 37 mpg highway.

Also available is a high-output 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with an all-new GM-developed eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter will generate an estimated 250 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque while returning 32 mpg highway.

A completely new exterior design features slim, sweeping headlamps, a more aggressive-looking dual-port grille and eye-catching body creases that increase visual intensity. The new Malibu is more aerodynamic that before, and available Active Grille Shutters improve aerodynamics further. The restyled Malibu can be equipped with full LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps, creating a more sophisticated look.

Step inside and stretch out in the roomiest Malibu ever. The five-seat cabin has an additional 1.3 inches of legroom, for a total of 38.1 inches, and there’s a big 15.8 cubic foot trunk.

The redesigned Malibu is rich with the latest connectivity technology, including segment-exclusive OnStar 4G LTE in-vehicle connectivity, available wireless phone charging and available dual rear-seat USB ports with 110-volt power outlet. Standard on most Malibu models is the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with seven-inch color touchscreen or the eight-inch MyLink system with 3D map viewing. The seven-inch MyLink system features the convenient Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems, fully integrating smartphone features into the vehicle display for smart, simple, hands-free operation.

You can have as much luxury as you want in your new Malibu, too. Items like Galvano satin chrome trim accents are standard, and amenities like perforated leather upholstery and (Malibu-first) ventilated seats are standard in the new Malibu Premier trim.

New Teen Driver technology mutes audio and any paired devices when front seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts. Teen Driver also features visual and audible warnings when the vehicle exceeds preset speeds. Chevy’s Teen Driver system is the industry’s first with a built-in component that lets parents view on a screen how the vehicle was driven, including maximum speed, distance driven and number of times active safety features were engaged.

Malibu also includes a comprehensive list of standard and available driver assist technologies, including Front Pedestrian Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Front and Rear Park Assist and Intellibeam automatic high beams.

The reimagined Chevrolet Malibu is ready to extend its 50-year reign as an American favorite. Attractive, seriously efficient and great to drive, the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has the comfort, safety and connectivity to fit a wide range of family lifestyles and budgets. Contact us today for more details and updates on availability, so when the new Malibu arrives later this year, you’ll be at the front of the line.

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

Vehicle Preview: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro


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Weight: 3,400 to 3,600 pounds

Engines: (horsepower not finalized): 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, 270 hp; 3.6-liter V-6, 330 hp; 6.2-liter V-8, 440 hp

Transmissions: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic

The Chevrolet Camaro has been the leader in its segment for five years thanks to exhilarating performance, iconic styling, outstanding refinement and great value. To capitalize on that success, Chevrolet engineers listened to the input of thousands of fifth-generation Camaro owners to find areas for improvement. As a result, the sixth-generation 2016 Camaro, available soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is faster, more agile and more aerodynamic, with all-new architecture, lighter weight and all-new powertrain options.

The redesigned, rear-drive 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will offer six new powertrain combinations, including a new 2.0-liter Turbo four-cylinder generating 275 hp, 295 lb/ft of torque and more than 30 mpg highway; an all-new 3.6-liter V6 with 335 hp and 284 lb/ft of torque, the highest hp per liter of any naturally aspirated V6 in the segment; and, in the Camaro SS, a mighty 6.2-liter LT1 V8 (introduced on the Corvette Stingray), which cranks out 455 hp and 455 lb/ft of torque and makes the new SS the most powerful one ever. Technologies like direct fuel injection and Active Fuel Management help these powerful engines return impressive fuel economy.

Four-cylinder and V6 engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or an all-new Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The LT1 is matched with the six-speed manual with Active Rev Match technology, which matches engine revs on downshifts. To please the ears, V6 and V8 models feature resonators that direct carefully engineered engine sound through the cabin. The dual-mode exhaust system can be personalized, from a quieter stealth mode to an aggressive track mode. Four-cylinder models gain added refinement from Active Noise Cancellation, which uses sound waves to cancel unwanted interior noise.

Only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation Camaro to the new one – the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge. The new platform is stiffer, and the new model is up to 200 pounds lighter than the previous generation. The all-new 2016 Camaro exterior is more sculpted and muscular, with a lower and wider fastback profile. New headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps blend the iconic style of the first-generation 1960s Camaro with a contemporary, technologically advanced look. The Camaro is extremely aerodynamic as well, the result of 350 hours of wind tunnel testing, helping reduce drag and unwanted wind noise, and improving downforce for stability at high speeds.

To make the Camaro handle with more agility than ever before, structural rigidity in the body was increased by 28 percent, and the significant weight reduction was achieved thanks to widespread use of aluminum components. Every Camaro comes with a new, Camaro-specific multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension system and five-link independent rear suspension. Available for the first time in the Camaro SS, Magnetic Ride Control active suspension reads road conditions 1,000 times per second and reacts instantly to optimize ride comfort and control.

An all-new Drive Mode Selector tailors the performance of up to eight vehicle attributes using a choice of four settings: “Snow/Ice,” “Sport,” “Tour” and “Track” (SS models). To help the Camaro stop with as much authority as it accelerates, Brembo brakes optimized for the Camaro are available across the line and are standard in the Camaro SS models.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro interior is also completely new. The driver-focused cabin features a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, unique control rings around air vents and an available, segment-first LED ambient lighting system with 24 colors, fade and transition effects integrated in the dash, door panels and center console. The instrument cluster includes analog readouts and an available dual eight-inch diagonal center screen to display performance, navigation and infotainment settings.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be available later this year with 10 exterior color choices, five interior color combinations and a full list of available accessories through the dealership. Stop in today and sign up for updates, so you can be among the first to test-drive the new 2016 Camaro.

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2016 CAMARO CONVERTIBLE

DETROIT — Chevrolet will offer a convertible version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro with a fully automatic top that can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph.

General Motors bills the Camaro’s drop top as “the most sophisticated top in the segment,” with latches that automatically release and secure the top.

The car was unveiled Wednesday by Chevy global chief Alan Batey at an event here.

Layers of acoustic and thermal barriers built into the Camaro’s electro-hydraulic roof are aimed at dampening road noise, GM said in a statement.

“Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, in a statement.

The drop-top Camaro will arrive in early 2016, a few months after the fourth-quarter launch of the sixth-generation coupe. The convertible accounts for 40 percent of all Camaro sales in the U.S., Chevy says.

Designers said the top folds completely down beneath the car’s belt line and will be covered automatically by a hard tonneau cover. Most convertibles require the tonneau cover to be positioned manually.

“The Camaro convertible’s automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it easier,” design director Tom Peters said in a statement, “it ensures the car always looks its best.”

It’s not the first time Chevy has offered an automated top for the Camaro convertible. The drop top for the Camaro’s first model year, 1967, came with a power-operated top as a $52.70 option. GM says nearly half of buyers sprang for the option over the standard manual top.

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Chevrolet is Global Leader for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay


All-new 2016 Cruze is one of 14 Chevrolet models to offer compatibility
LOS ANGELES – According to Strategy Analytics, there are more than 2.3 billion
smartphones in use globally, and that number continues to rise. And on the road,
customers are demanding better integration between phones and their vehicles.
Whether they have an Apple or Android phone, Chevrolet is committed to providing
the smartest, simplest connected driving experience possible to owners across the
globe.

For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
compatibility in more models than any automotive brand. The 14 Chevrolet models
include the all-new 2016 Cruze, which will debut on June 24. Cruze is Chevrolet’s
best-selling passenger car, with more than 3 million sold since launch. Additional
models are listed in a chart below.

“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General
Motors. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto
compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example
of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our
customers.”

Chevrolet’s seven-inch MyLink system gives owners a smart and simple way to
access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The eight-inch version of MyLink will
be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year.
While development and testing is not yet complete, Android Auto compatibility may
be available on the eight-inch version of MyLink later in the 2016 model year.

Each system builds off of the features smartphone users rely on most. Android Auto
is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well
as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype,
Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is
available at Android.com/auto.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features you’d want to access while driving and puts
them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. That allows drivers to
make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the
touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone,
Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can
be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay.

Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the
steering wheel, helping drivers spend more time with eyes on the road and hands
on the wheel.

Chevrolet has a strong track record when it comes to broad availability of
customer-centric innovation as the first brand to introduce Siri Eyes Free
functionality and the first and only car company to offer available OnStar 4G LTE
connectivity across a range of cars, trucks and crossovers in the U.S. and Canada.
In less than one year, Chevrolet has connected more than a half-million customers
to high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi.

Chevrolet customers in markets around the world including Brazil, Mexico and
Canada will benefit from this new level of smartphone integration. Specific market
availability for Android Auto can be found here. Current Apple CarPlay markets can
be found here.

In 2014, the 14 models included in this rollout accounted for more than 2.4 million
vehicle sales, or 51 percent of Chevrolet’s total global sales.
Using either application is simple in a compatible 2016 Chevrolet. A “Projection”
icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes
to indicate either CarPlay or Android Auto (whichever is applicable) when a
compatible phone is connected via USB. Android Auto requires a phone running the
Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an
iPhone 5 or later.

Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and
Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also
apply.

For Release: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 3 p.m. EDT Information provided by http://www.chevy.com