Three Reasons Your Car Won’t Start

key turnThere is nothing more disheartening than going out to your car only to find the engine won’t start. The important thing is to not panic. Empower yourself with these helpful tips!

You can tell a lot about what’s going on by how your car sounds when you try to start it. Turn the key over and listen…

If the car starts, even after a bit of struggling, but dies a short time later (with usually the electronics dying first), you may have a bad alternator. This situation necessitates a tow and consultation with a professional.

Another essential component to the system that gets your car going is the starter. When your starter fails, you may hear a grinding noise or a whining noise. In either case, it’s time to get your car towed to the shop!

Do you hear a clicking noise? According to Dummies.com, this could indicate that your battery is dead. The best thing to do is get a jump from a friend or good Samaritan and drive straight to a car parts supply store. Many of these stores will test your battery for free. If your battery is indeed dead, you can purchase one right there. In addition to free testing, these places also usually offer free installation.

Using these helpful tips, you can confront a car that won’t start with grace and poise, even when you want to scrap your car right there. It’s a frustration everyone can relate to, but you can overcome it!

GM Waste Reduction Expert Repurposes Thermoset Battery Storage Containers

John Bradburn is the waste reduction expert for General Motors. His latest innovation is a fascinating waste solution that further helps the company better co-exist with the environment.

recycleWhen storing and shipping the batteries that power GM’s electric vehicles, the batteries are contained in thermoset plastic. This kind of plastic does not take well to recycling. So, as Business Insider reports, these thermoset battery storage containers become “useless” as soon as the batteries that they contained are removed and placed into vehicles.

Well, they were useless. Bradburn came up with the brilliant idea of repurposing these boxes as abodes for bats! Over the last five years, the waste reduction expert has placed 700 nesting boxes in various wildlife habitats supported by GM.

As frightening as bats are to a lot of people, they are essential to the ecosystem, namely by significantly curbing the insect population. A single bat can consume 2,000 to 5,000 insects in one night! According to Business Insider, protecting bats has become even more important due to the rise of White Nose Syndrome, a disease that has killed significant numbers of bats.

Next time you spend a night outdoors free of the harassment from mosquitoes, you might have GM to thank.

2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Leads the Way for One Couple’s Ultimate Off-Road Adventure

campingWe’ve all had that moment. The “what if I gave up everything and just…hit the road” moment. While our day jobs can sometimes seem overwhelming, monotonous, or less-than-inspiring, simply quitting and taking on a dream adventure just isn’t realistic for most people. Mark Christy and Nives Riddles aren’t most people though, and the Philadelphia couple have done exactly that.

After becoming fed up with their jobs, they decided a change was in order. The couple has a passion for the great outdoors, getting lost in the wilderness, and paving their own path. They decided to quit their jobs, sell everything they own (expect the camping gear, of course), and explore the path less-travelled for as long as it takes for them to get sick of it.

The couple bought a small military trailer and converted it into mobile living quarters. Towing the trailer is a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, a critical element in their ability to travel the kind of terrain they’ll encounter on their journey.

2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD“The truck has gotten us everywhere we have wanted to go,” said Christy in a news release. “It’s completely stock, and has yet to be bogged down or leave us stranded. We end up in places where it could take hours to walk to a road to flag someone down, let alone get someone out to the truck for help,” she continued.

Can’t wait to hear more? Follow the couple’s ultimate off-road adventure at campbyamp.com, a blog jam-packed with incredible pictures of some of the US’s best-kept secrets.

Stop by MY Chevrolet today to learn more about the capable, reliable, and dependable 2015 Chevy Silverado.

First Production Chevy Corvette Dates Back to June, 1953

The Chevy Corvette is one of America’s most iconic sports cars, dating back to 1953, when the first production Corvette rolled off the assembly line. In its impressive 62 years in production, the Corvette has managed to retain style elements from the first model, while adding updated technology, modern amenities, and sleek, sophisticated design enhancements.

2015 Chevy Corvette

2015 Chevrolet Corvette

June marks the anniversary of the first production Chevy Corvette, and in celebration, we thought we’d invite you for a stroll down memory lane – where it began with the first production Chevy Corvette.

In 1951, Harley Earl, GM’s chief designer, fell in love with the Jaguar XK120. While some say the XK120 was the very first inspiration for the Corvette, there is no denying that Earl began to develop his designs for a sports car in the following year. In January of 1953, Chevrolet built the first-ever Corvette for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show. The concept generated enough public interest that GM prepared for a production model to be available to the public by late 1953–with the first production model rolling off the line in June.

Since then, the Corvette has become one of the best-recognized, and most powerful American sports cars available. Today, the Corvette is in its seventh generation, with no signs of slowing down. Visit caranddriver.com for a detailed timeline of the Corvette’s history.

Stop by MY Chevrolet to learn more about the Corvette’s rich history, and put the modern version to the test yourself!

Jeff Gordon to Drive 2015 Indy 500 Pace Car

When news broke that Jeff Gordon would be driving the 2015 Indy 500 pace car this year, it may have confused some people. Gordon didn’t race Indy cars; he raced in the NASCAR circuit! But to say he raced doesn’t quite capture his success. Gordon came out on top in 92 NASCAR races.

Gordon had real ambitions to race at the Indy 500 early in his career. He told Fox Sports, “When I go back to being a young kid, I started racing quarter midgets in California, all I wanted to do was be a professional racecar driver and hoped that I got the chance to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion will get his chance to go around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this time in a Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the car he’ll be using for the pace car come race day. We at MY Chevrolet think it makes perfect sense considering it was Chevrolet that helped Gordon garner his triumphs over the years.

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06

Chevy Impala Midnight Edition Brings the Drama

2015 Chevrolet Impala

Current Chevy Impala Available at MY Chevrolet

We saw the concept when it made its dramatic entrance as the Impala Blackout concept last year at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Now, the drama continues as the Chevy Impala Midnight Edition heads to production.

Chevy’s popular sedan makes an imposing statement, dressed in a Jet Black exterior with black accents, a black interior, and a black rendition of the Chevy bowtie on the front and rear.

“Since its introduction in 2014, Impala has become a benchmark for Chevrolet car design,” said Steve Majoros, Chevy’s director of car marketing. “The Midnight Edition further strengthens the Impala’s dramatic, head-turning styling.”

The Midnight Edition will be available as a package for the 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ trims, priced from $995 to $1,595. Engine options are between the standard 2.5-liter with stop/start technology and the powerful 3.6-liter V6.

We at MY Chevrolet are excited to announce that since production has already begun on the special edition models, we can expect them to begin arriving this summer for the 2016 model year.

The 2016 Chevy Malibu Powertrain: More Options Means More Bang for Your Buck

In the battle for the top spot in the sedan market, the 2016 Malibu has come to play! “We’re not in it to tread water,” said Steven Majoros, Chevrolet’s marketing director for cars and crossovers. “If this is a race, we’re coming around hot on the outside, and I think we’ll pass some people.”

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Current Chevy Malibu Available at MY Chevrolet

Introduced at the New York Auto Show, the 2016 Malibu sports a redesigned sleek and trimmed exterior losing 300 lbs and gaining some length–offering passengers more legroom, compared to its previous model.

But perhaps it is the added Chevy Malibu powertrain options that promise to propel the sedan not only on the road, but also in sales. Consumers can choose from either a 1.5-liter or the new-to-the-lineup 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed or eight-speed automatic gearbox, with estimates of 37 mpg, as well as a hybrid version promising 47 mpg combined fuel economy.

Other must-have features on Chevy’s newest midsize car include Teen Driver—a monitoring system for parents to observe their teen’s driving practices—and 4G LTE wireless Internet capabilities.

Don’t be a stranger at MY Chevrolet, where your new 2016 Malibu will be waiting for you in our showroom this fall.

The Epitome of Auto Engineering: The Chevy Indy Racecar Gets Upgrades

Indy Race CarChevy is putting more money into its IndyCar program, the height of automotive engineering. The Chevy Indy racecar is getting some major upgrades, including a new aerodynamic kit. While you might not think this is a big deal, Chevy is looking to secure a win at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the proving grounds for every prominent automaker in the world.

According to IndyStar, the Chevy team has had some problems getting the proper amount of downforce in the past. In order to counteract that, Chevy is overhauling the IndyCar to change up the aerodynamics. Seeing as most of these racecars are basically one big wing, that’s big news for enthusiasts.

“We’re going to be implementing an additional part that will add on top of the base of that front upper wing,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet’s program manager for IndyCar. “It’s certainly a fragile element of the new front wing design, but it was hit by another vehicle. It’s not a structural deficiency in how it’s attached. The ability to withstand impacts is really where the continuous improvement is coming from.”

By upgrading Chevy’s iconic Indy racer, the brand can prove what Chevy is truly capable of. We at MY Chevrolet have our fingers crossed for the May 9th race in Indianapolis, when the whole world will be watching.

All-New 2016 Spark Has a Bright (Green) Future

Chevrolet definitely has big dreams for the little Spark. A single look at the 2016 model shown at the 2015 New York Auto Show was enough to tell us the hatchback has a bright future ahead of it—or in this case, a bright green future.

2015 Chevrolet Spark

2015 Chevy Spark – Available Now at MY Chevrolet!

The 2016 Spark comes with an all-new Ecotec 1.4-liter inline-four with manual and continuously variable transmission; the latter provides an excellent 40 mpg on the highway.

Thanks to a new robust architecture, the driving experience has been improved to provide a quieter ride, better control and refinement, and more precise handling.

It’s not just the engine and handling that have gotten more sophisticated though. The all-new 2016 Spark is also smarter than ever with new available safety features like Side Blind Spot Alert and Forward Collision Alert, next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with 7-inch color touchscreen, and an advanced dot-matrix LCD instrument cluster display.

It’ll go on sale at MY Chevrolet in the fourth quarter of 2015.

National Car Care Month Reminds Us to Take Better Care of Our Cars

ServiceApril is National Car Care Month, a good reminder that many of us just do the bare minimum when it comes to keeping our trusty vehicles running. The truth is, by taking better care of our cars throughout the year, they will not only run more efficiently but save us money on costly repairs down the road. Here are five things you can do this month to jumpstart better car care habits, and prepare your car for summer driving.

Check the fluids. Fluids are an integral part of your car’s ability to function (and do so efficiently). Check the engine oil; the brake, transmission, windshield washer, and power steering fluids; and antifreeze. Top off or replace each one as needed. If you have questions, stop by MY Chevrolet!

Check the battery. Winter can be especially rough on car batteries, so we suggest testing your battery’s life before heading into the hot summer months. Also look for corrosion on the connections. When it’s time to replace your battery, do so sooner rather than later.

Check the tires and windshield wipers. Make sure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated. Also take the time to replace your windshield wipers if they don’t appropriately clear your windshield. Here in California, we are hoping for rain, so make sure you’re prepared in the event we get some much-needed moisture. Bald or under- or over-inflated tires pose a serious threat on a slick roads.

Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Before temperatures begin to soar as the summer months approach, make sure the air in your car is flowing correctly, especially the air conditioning system.

Check the hoses and belts. Look for hoses and belts that show any signs of excessive wear–like cracks, tears, or fraying. Also keep an eye out for loose belts or hoses that aren’t properly fitted. If you find anything that doesn’t look right, be sure to show your trusted technician.

For more information and tips on keeping your car in tip-top condition, check out the free Car Care Guide from carcare.org!