Inspect and Replace Serpentine Belts

Inspect and Replace Serpentine Belts

Inspect and Replace Serpentine Belts

Thoroughly inspect your serpentine belts and check for wear. If these belts fail, they can cause damage to the other accessories in your vehicle, increasing your bill substantially. It is recommended to get it checked every 60,000 miles but you should the owner’s manual to get the best guide for your car.

Feel free to contact Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s service department at 630-898-9630 or schedule a service visit online. 

We will be happy to inspect your vehicle’s serpentine belt at no charge.

Chevrolet Market Share 2018

Chevrolet Market Share 2018

General Motors has been Colombia’s largest automobile company for over three decades. That tradition continued in 2018, as The General’s Chevrolet brand continued to lead the market, celebrating 32 consecutive years as Colombia’s best-selling car brand.

In 2018, Chevrolet sold 49,866 vehicles in Colombia, earning it a market share of 19.5 percent – the highest among automobile car brands in that market. The Spark family – which includes the Spark Life (Daewoo Matiz), Spark GT (first-generation Spark) and the new Chevrolet Beat Sedan (Spark GT in a sedan body) – remained the best-selling models in their segments. Small cars is the single highest volume category in Colombia, and the aforementioned models enabled Chevrolet to obtain 57 percent market share of the space. Sales of Chevrolet utility vehicles, meanwhile, increased 27 percent in 2018 compared to 2017.

Chevrolet Market Share 2018

Chevrolet utilities in Colombia (left to right: TrailBlazer, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe). The brand’s utilities portfolio also includes the Onix Activ, Tracker, and all-new Blazer and Captiva

Chevrolet also holds the lead in the commercial vehicles space in Colombia. GM operates that division via a subsidiary called Chevrolet Buses and Trucks. In 2018, that unit accounted for 36.9 percent segment market share.

It’s also worth noting that the GM Colmotores plant near Bogota produced a total of 47,275 Chevrolet-branded vehicles in 2018. Of these, 34,611 were earmarked for the Colombian market (an increase of 1.5 percent more compared to 2017) and 12,664 units were exported to Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia. The export figure is equivalent to $126 million USD and represents an increase of 142 percent compared to the previous year.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS Photo Exterior 002 Chevrolet Market Share 2018

The all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Blazer goes on sale in Colombia later this year

“Chevrolet has been a very solid, preferred and beloved brand, and we strive to keep it that way,” said Ernesto Ortiz, President of General Motors South America West, in a statement translated by GM Authority from Spanish. “That is why our energies are focused on making our brand even more desirable by increasing the benefits for customers, giving them more value in terms of experience and level of service. We have selected global products to offer in Colombia, the best in the market, so we can say that 2019 will be the year that Chevrolet will offer the best portfolio in decades in the country.”

This year, GM’s leadership has established a goal of increasing Chevrolet sales to reach 20.6 percent market share in Colombia. It aims to do so via a strategy of increasing competitiveness throughout the entire business and offering “the best vehicle portfolio in its history.”

The brand’s position will grow even stronger thanks to a lineup of all-new or refreshed of utilities, currently composed of the Tracker (Trax), EquinoxTraverseTrailBlazer and Tahoe. During the next few months, the all-new 2019 Blazer and all-new Captiva will join the lineup, along with an all-new Tracker later on.

2019 Chevrolet Captiva exterior 2018 Bogotá Auto Show Live Chevrolet Market Share 2018

All-new 2019 Chevrolet Captiva

Once all is said and done, Chevrolet will offer a total of seven utility models, which represents the broadest portfolio of crossovers and SUVs in Colombia. In addition to offering a greater number of options for each customer, the models also deliver the latest in technology, design and safety in order to maintain and improve the brand’s leadership position in the country well into the future.

Stay tuned to GM Authority as we bring you the latest Chevrolet news and GM Colombia news coverage.

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Consider a Chevrolet Trax

Why should you consider a Chevrolet Trax?  There are several reasons to put Trax on your short list.  Consider a Chevrolet Trax

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Chevy Trax is interior space.  Although it is a compact crossover, Trax can carry items 8 feet long with the passenger seat folded down.  Now that’s convenient!

Even though Trax offers a BIG interior, it’s price is tiny.  Right now we have a brand new Chevrolet Trax on sale for only $16,859.*  And that’s not the base model either–you can drive a new 2019 Trax with upscale LT decor for that price.  In fact, it is pictured at the top of this post.  Stock # N29077.


I also enjoy sitting up a bit higher than you do in a typical sedan.  I appreciate the visibility Trax offers and it’s automatic headlamps.

Safety is important to me and Trax is packed with 10 airbags to protect me in the event of an accident.  Also available are lane departure warning, forward collision alert and side blind zone alert.

If you want something sporty, try the Redline Edition.


(Available on Trax LT with LT Convenience Package only)

  • 18-inch Black-finish aluminum wheels with Red accent stripes
  • Black mirror caps
  • Black grille with Black surround
  • Front and rear Black bowties
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Black Trax badge with Red outline
  • Jet Black Deluxe Cloth and Leatherette seating
  • Jet Black interior color
  • Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White or Mosaic Black Metallic exterior colors

I believe the Chevrolet Trax in an excellent value.  And, with all the different trim levels and options to choose from, there’s a Trax out there that is perfect for you.

*Includes all available incentives.  See dealer for details or call our customer care team at 630-898-9630.

Additional $500 trade allowance

additional $500 trade allowanceAll of us at Ron Westphal Chevrolet truly appreciate your loyal patronage. As
a preferred guest, we would like to invite you to our 1-Day Private Sales
Event. Please stop by on Saturday, March 23rd for additional savings on all
of our vehicles in stock. With over 500 new, used and certified pre-owned
vehicles, we have the car, truck or suv for you. Plus, all VIP guests receive an
additional $500 trade allowance above & beyond our already aggressive
offers! We look forward to seeing you at this exclusive event.

—Bill Houlis, General Manager


  • Additional $500 Trade Allowance
  • Special Financing 0% x 72 months*
  • Exclusive VIP private sale offers
  • NO MONEY down lease payments*

*Select vehicles.  See dealer for details.


Save up to 25% off MSRP on select new Chevrolet models

Save up to 25% off MSRP on select new Chevrolet models.  

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  I mean 25% of anything is a lot.   It’s one quarter.  Or, think of it as dividing by four.  No matter how you look at it…25% off MSRP on select new Chevrolet models is a massive discount.

So, if you are on the verge of getting a new Chevrolet car, truck, crossover or suv, maybe now is the right time to upgrade your vehicle.

All 2019, 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Silverado 1500, Traverse, Trax Vehicles are on sale At Ron Westphal Chevy

Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s customer care team can be reach by phone at 630-898-9630.  Or, you can reach them through the chat button on our home page.  

Our team will gladly answer any questions your may have and provide you Save up to 25% off MSRP on select new Chevrolet modelswith a personalized vehicle quote created just for you.

If you prefer, visit our showroom between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm weekdays or 9-6 on Saturday.  Our friendly salespeople are not pushy and will welcome the chance to help you in your new vehicle decision-making process.

Our demonstration drives are always free and extended, overnight test drives can be arranged in many instances.  After all, it can be difficult to make a quick decision.  Or, you may want to show someone what you are considering purchase or leasing.

Our bottom line isn’t just providing you with the best bottom line possible.  We want to exceed your expectations during every step of the purchasing process.

Hurry in–Save up to 25% off MSRP on select new Chevrolet model event ends 3.31.19. We hope to see you soon!  Thanks!

Find your vehicle’s value

Inspect Fluids and Tire Pressure Regularly

Inspect Fluids and Tire Pressure Regularly

Inspect Fluids and Tire Pressure Regularly

You should always pay extra attention to your tires and fluids. The task to check it takes only a few minutes.

All you need to do is open the hood after the engine has cooled down and detach the oil dipstick. Clean it thoroughly and put it back again. Now when you pull it, you will notice the oil stuck to it. This way you will know when to change the engine oil.

While doing this also check your power steering fluid level and also the hoses and belts for any signs of wear. After warming up your car check the transmission fluid level too.  Many of the newer cars feature a sealed transmission system. Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s service department will be happy to assist you with checking your transmission fluid.  You can call us at 630-898-9630 or visit us online 24/7.

Now for your tires, you can check the pressure by using a gauge and ensure that it has the correct pressure for all tires. Conduct this every other week for less wear to your tire.  Many of the newer cars have tire pressure monitors that allow you to check your tire pressure from the comfort of your driver’s seat.    If you need assistance with checking your vehicle’s tire pressure, please visit us at Ron Westphal Chevrolet.  We’ll be happy to help.  Thanks for reading about how to inspect fluids and tire pressure regularly.

Check your Air Filter

Check your Air Filter

Many car problems are due to faulty air filters attached to them and the wear caused by them. Many manufacturers recommend that you should get your filters changed every 12 months or after 12000 miles, whichever comes first.   Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s service department will gladly check your air filter at no charge.  Don’t ignore this maintenance as it will lead to problems in your AC and you are breathing unhealthy air in your car.

Ron Westphal Chevrolet will install most air filters at no charge.  Or, you can install it yourself.   By doing it yourself, you can save the trip to the mechanic and also money. Here is how you can do it yourself:

Check your Air Filter
  • Firstly locate your filter, which is situated in the hood of the car. It is a black rectangular box, which has metal clips inside it. You can see it as soon as you pop the hood. If you don’t find it there, then check the owner’s manual for assistance.
  • After locating it remove the casing and see how the filter is fit inside it. It is important to note the directions of the filter. Make a note of the directions of the filter and remove it.
  • After removing it insert the new filter the same way, the old one was fit in the same direction. You will see that it will be perfectly fit touching the edges.
  • Now close the metal clips after you are done. This way you have changed the air filter.

You can also clean out the debris from your new filter by using compressed air. This will improve the life of the filter and make it last longer.

For any automotive related questions, please call Ron Westphal Chevrolet at 630-898-9630.  Thanks!


In 2007, when word got out about the Camaro making its big come back, Pontiac fans were filled with excitement at the possibility that the Trans Am could do the same. Although that hope was crushed in 2009 when GM dropped Pontiac from its lineup – the Poncho nostalgia continued on for many enthusiasts.

Looking for a new Camaro?  Call our Customer Care Team now at 630-898-9630.

Licensing the name and logo from GM, Trans Am Depot picked up where GM left off. The company, along with the help of the Bandit himself, took 77 2015 Chevrolet Camaros and turned them into modern editions of the 77 Trans Am featured in the Movie – T-Tops and all.

Here's A 2nd Chance To Own A Trans Am SE Bandit EditionWhile all of the cars made sold pretty quickly, Restore-A-Muscle Car is offering enthusiasts a second chance at owning one of these masterfully built and highly collectable cars. Number 74 of the 77 built features a 7.4L supercharged engine that produces 840 HP, a 6 speed manual transmission, and suspension and braking systems that are up to the task of handling all that power. Making the ride just as comfortable as it is thrilling, the car features a custom black leather interior and the late Mr. Burt Reynolds autograph and custom Bandit badging.

As seen in the pictures on the site, this car seems to be well taken care of and only has 2,500 miles on the clock. The build is well documented and comes with a certificate of origin and a custom document folder, along with a custom embroidered car cover, bandit driving gloves, and embroidered polo shirt.

a car parked in a parking lot: Here's A 2nd Chance To Own A Trans Am SE Bandit Edition© Provided by The Motorsport Network Here’s A 2nd Chance To Own A Trans Am SE Bandit EditionTrans Am Depot has not only captured the essence of the Bandit Trans Am with the ultimate bring back, but added so much more to it. While this is a highly collectable car, it was made to be driven and we can only hope to see it screaming down the road someday soon.

Select the right tires for your vehicle


right tires for your vehicle

Selecting the right tires for your vehicle is an important decision. Your safety, as well as driving enjoyment over the next years and thousands of miles will be determined by this decision. The information provided here and the advice/recommendations from the experts at the Ron Westphal Chevrolet will ensure you select tires that match your vehicle.  Please don’t hesitate to check out our online Tire Finder.

You can contact our Service Department at 630-898-9630

How Many Tires Do I Need?

Since tires affect the personality and performance of your vehicle, all four tires should be as identical as possible or handling problems may arise. If your tires don’t match, it is possible that one end of your vehicle won’t respond as quickly or completely as the other, making it more difficult to control.

“Selecting the right tires for your vehicle is an important decision…the experts at Tire Rack will ensure you select tires that match your vehicle…and the way you drive it!”

How many tires?

If your tires have a lot of remaining tread depth, but you need to replace just one that has been damaged by an accident, road hazard or a vandal, you should replace it with a tire that exactly matches the others.  Select a replacement tire of the same brand, line, size and speed rating. While there may be a less expensive tire available, it wouldn’t be a bargain this time because it would be different than the other three tires on your vehicle.

A Pair of Tires?

If two of your tires have a lot of remaining tread depth, but you need to replace the other two because they were damaged or have worn out, you should replace them with a pair of tires that come as close as possible to matching your existing tires. While identical new tires are desirable, others of the same size and type can also provide good results. Only consider selecting new tires that are from the same tire category as your existing tires. New tires should be installed on the rear axle.

While your vehicle is being serviced ask your mechanic why one pair of tires have worn faster than the others. Was it caused by a lack of tire rotation, out-of-spec wheel alignment or loose mechanical parts? Once the problem has been found, it can be corrected before it damages your new tires. Keep in mind that your ultimate goal is that all of your tires always wear out at the same time so they can be replaced as a set.

A Set of Tires?

If all of your tires are wearing out together, you have the greatest flexibility in tire selection. If you were happy with the original tires, simply replace them. If you want longer tread wear, a smoother ride or more handling, there are probably tires that will help you accomplish that. Review the tire category types until you find a category description that describes a tire that fits your needs.

Once you know how many tires you will be replacing, determine size and type by answering the questions below:

What Is the Right Size for My Vehicle?

Buying the correct tire size can get complicated, especially if you decide to upgrade from your vehicle’s Original Equipment size. The expert service team at Ron Westphal Chevrolet is always ready to offer performance and fitment advice.  You can reach our Service Department at 630-898-9630.

A tire’s first requirement is that it must be able to carry the weight of your vehicle. No matter how good a tire you select, if its capabilities are “overworked” just carrying the load, it will have little reserve capacity to help your vehicle respond to a quick emergency. So when you are in the selection process, make certain that your new tire’s size is designed to carry the weight of your vehicle! Don’t under-size.

The other size consideration is overall tire diameter. Since many of the functions of today’s vehicles are highly computerized, maintaining accurate speed data going into the computer assures accurate instructions coming out. And an important part of the speed equation is your tire’s overall tire diameter.

For cars and vans, staying within a 3% diameter change is desirable. Pick-ups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are usually engineered to handle up to a 15% oversize tire.  While at first a 3% diameter increase or reduction in tire diameter may sound very limiting, in most cases it allows approximately a 3/4″ diameter change.

Selecting an ‘over size’ tire may affect your vehicle’s speedometer.  Consult with the Ron Westphal Chevrolet Service team first to find out if your speedometer will need to be adjusted.

Do I Need Summer Tires, Winter Tires, All-Season Tires?

Do you drive your car only in sunshine, or also through rain and snow? Do you drive your light truck on the road, off the road, or are you the one responsible for clearing the land to build the roads? To successfully meet each of these driving conditions requires a different type of tire.

Ask yourself these questions to determine which performance category you should choose from:

What Is the Worst Driving Condition I Will Encounter?

If you use more than one set of tires and wheels (for example, summer tires in summer and snow tires in winter), you can select tires that exactly meet your diverse needs. If you use one set of tires for every season, you may get good performance under many conditions, but you will compromise your vehicle’s performance when the conditions are at their worst.

So the important thing to do is to select your tires so that they match the worst driving condition you expect to encounter. When you’re stuck in the snow or in the mud because your tires don’t have the appropriate capabilities, you’ll curse their limited performance in your worst driving condition…and you’ll quickly forget how smooth and quiet they were at other times!

What Are the Typical Driving Conditions I Will Encounter?

If you only drive around your neighborhood and a “long trip” is one that’s just down to the corner convenience mart, almost any tire will do. But if you drive your vehicle on congested city streets and expressways during rush hour you will be better served by more responsive tires. If you drive extensively on the interstates you will want quiet, smooth riding, long wearing tires. Or if you like to drive quickly on twisting roads or through the mountains you will want good handling tires. And if you drive on the track or in autocross events, you will want the best competition tires available.

Balancing the Requirements of Your Driving Conditions

If your worst driving conditions and your typical conditions are similar, one set of tires will be all you need. If you live at the edge of the snowbelt and infrequently get snow you may want to select an all-season tire. If your SUV is used as the family’s station wagon and driven on the road all of the time, overly aggressive light truck tires aren’t for you (unless you really like the “look”).

If your worst driving condition occurs frequently (you drive through snow all winter) and is dissimilar to your typical driving condition (you commute to work on the expressway during the week and spend your weekends at the beach), you may want to consider selecting two sets of tires for your vehicle. Each set will be designed to master the specific conditions without compromising your driving satisfaction at the extremes. While purchasing two sets of tires may appear expensive, the set you’re not using won’t wear while you are using the other set, and combined they’ll provide longer total wear than either set could individually!

How Do I Compare Price Vs. Value?

Why is it that the price of fuel for our vehicle seems relatively inexpensive while the cost of tires seems high? (Of course you already know that the Tire Rack tries to keep your tire costs as low as possible!) If we keep track of our total costs we will find that typical total fuel costs for just 10 to 20 thousand miles of driving actually exceed our tire costs. And believe us, we’ve found that the quality and performance of our tires has a lot more to do with our driving satisfaction than our fuel does.

We think that much of the mis-perception has to do with the fact that we buy fuel one tankful at a time, and don’t really look at its total cost for thousands of miles. Our tires are paid for “up front” and then last for tens of thousands of miles.

When you are selecting new tires and find one that is perfect, although more expensive than another tire that appears to be a close second, consider evaluating your situation by comparing “how much per mile” each tire will cost. If you plan to drive your vehicle another 30,000 miles and are considering the “perfect” tires at $100 each, and the other at $90 each; you may be surprised to find out that the cost of the “perfect” set costs just 1.3 cents per mile…while the close set costs 1.2 cents per mile. Will saving the $40 today make up for not having selected the “perfect” tire that you will be driving on for the next two years?

When Should I Replace My Tires?

Find out if your tires pass the “Penny Test.”

The Law

According to most states’ laws, tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. To help warn drivers that their tires have reached that point, tires sold in North America are required to have molded indicators called “wear bars” across their tread pattern from their outside shoulder to inside shoulder. Wear bars are designed to visually connect the elements of the tire’s tread pattern and warn drivers when their tires no longer meet minimum tread depth requirements.

Common Sense

However, as a tire wears it is important to realize that while its dry traction and handling will improve its ability to perform in rain and snow will diminish. At 2/32″ of remaining tread depth, resistance to hydroplaning in the rain at highway speeds has been significantly reduced and traction in heavy snow has been virtually eliminated.

If rain and wet roads are a concern, you should consider replacing your tires when they reach approximately 4/32″ of remaining tread depth. Since water can’t be compressed, you need enough tread depth to allow it to escape through the tire’s grooves. If the water can’t escape fast enough your vehicle’s tires will be forced to hydroplane (actually float) on top of the water, losing traction.

If snow covered roads are a concern, you should consider replacing your tires when they reach approximately 5/32″ of remaining tread depth to maintain good mobility. The reason that you need more tread depth in snow is because your tires need to compress the snow in their grooves and release it as they roll. If there isn’t enough tread depth, the “bites” of snow your tires can take on each revolution will be so small that your traction will be reduced. Because tread depth is an important element for snow traction, winter tires start with deeper tread depths than standard all-season or summer tires. Some winter tires even have a series of wear bars molded in their tread pattern indicating approximately 6/32″ remaining tread depth.