How to tell if you need new tires

How to tell if you need new tires

The Penny Test

The penny tire test

Learn the Penny Test. It’s an easy way to check your tire tread to determine if it’s time for new tires.

The penny test is the gold standard for measuring tire tread-depth because it is easy and it works. Just take a penny and, with Lincoln’s head upside down, put it between the tread blocks of the tire. If you are not able to see the top of Lincoln’s head – if his head is “buried” between the tread blocks – then you still have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to go tire shopping because the tread is worn down to or beyond 2/32 of an inch.

Flip the penny over so that the Lincoln Memorial (pennies from 2010 and earlier will have the memorial on the back) is facing you and put the penny between the tread blocks with the memorial upside down. If the Lincoln Memorial is completely hidden, you have more than 3/32 of an inch of tread left.

Did You Know – Most state laws require tires to have a tread depth of at least 2/32″ to remain in service?

 The Quarter Test

The quarter tire test

Some automotive experts believe that using a quarter to test tire depth provides a better read than using a penny. Some independent tests have concluded that cars were able to stop faster with tires that had a little more than 4/32 of an inch of tread depth, which is the measurement the quarter test indicates. To perform the quarter test, put a quarter between the tread blocks of a tire (just like the penny test) with Washington’s head upside down, If you cannot see the top of Washington’s head, you have 4/32 of an inch of tread or more.

Did You Know – In snowy and slushy conditions, 4/32 of an inch of tread or more is necessary for good traction

How to get your tires to point b

Whether you go with Lincoln or Washington, both coin tests are also good ways to check to see if your tires are wearing evenly. Simply do the test between other tread blocks and if the measurements aren’t the same on all the tire treads, the tires may need to be rotated or your vehicle may require an alignment. Different types of tread wear will indicate how your tires are wearing. If you don’t have any coins handy, check to see if the tires’ wear bars are showing. Wear bars run across your tires tread pattern from the outside edge to the inside edge. If the wear bar is visible you are in need of new tires as you have hit 2/32” of an inch of tread depth. Most states consider a tire’s service life over if any point of the tread is at 2/32” or less. If you are still unsure about how to tell if you need new tires, Ron Westphal Chevrolet would be happy to evaluate the depth of your tires.  Feel free to drop by our service anytime or call us at 630-898-9630.

What To Do When You Kid Gets Car Sick

What to do when your kid gets sick in your car

Sometimes you will get a warning, something like “Daaaad, I don’t feel good.” Or you may just get the faint sound of a liquidy burble before the event. A bomb is about to go off in your back seat, usually some putrid combination of chicken nuggets, breakfast cereal and juice. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

For many of us parents, we have learned to deal with the inevitable vehicular vomit explosion through experience. For those of you who have not yet had to handle this situation, here are some things you need to know.

First of all, this is very different from that time your friend in college had too much to drink and you had to race against the clock to get him or her home. While the threat to your vehicle was real, you were safe with the knowledge that they could probably open the door and throw chunks on the road. But when you have a toddler strapped into a car-seat with that five-point harness…there is no escape.

So before we get into how to handle the inevitable mess, I’m going to suggest that every parent keep an emergency car sick bag with the following items.

  • Paper Towels. You can never have too many of these.
  • Carpet cleaner spray, preferably something with “foaming action.”
  • A bunch of plastic bags. I know these are not the most environmentally friendly, but keep a big wad of them in your bag for cleanup.
  • Change of clothes. Keep in mind kids grow out of stuff quickly so be sure to change this out when they get into a new size or the seasons change.
  • Baby wipes. Remember to keep these sealed well as they can dry out.
  • Rubber gloves. Are you the squeamish type? A few pairs of rubber gloves will make cleanup a bit more bearable.
  • A bag of coins, about ten dollars worth.
  • Some kind of air freshener spray like Febreeze.
  • A towel.

This all sounds like a lot of stuff, but everyone has an old backpack lying around somewhere and you can easily squeeze all of these items into something like that.

Now that you are prepared, here is how to manage a car sick incident.

Stay Calm

It can be difficult to remain calm when there is a waterfall of vomit spewing from your child’s mouth, especially if it’s happening in a somewhat brand new car. When my son was two, I drove him home from his grandmother’s house. He likes to “go zoom in the GTI,” so I take him in my car when I can. We were about 20 minutes from home when it happens. Now keep in mind I’ve only owned the Volkswagen for about two months.

I was overcome with an emotional combination of both empathy and fear. I toggled back and forth between “I feel so bad for him…” and “…oh fuck, cloth seats!”

The best thing you can do is to keep your head about you as soon as it happens, tell the kid it’s going to be OK and do not get angry no matter how bad the mess is. Your little one is going to be pretty upset and uncomfortable. If you get worked up it is only going to make them more upset.

Drive Easy

You may be tempted to slam on the brakes and pull over immediately. You might want to put the hammer down and speed to the nearest rest stop. Don’t. Dramatic maneuvers will likely trigger more nausea and more mess. Just like a good racecar driver, you want your inputs to be smooth. You aren’t going to fix this mess in the first stop anyway, so even after you do the initial cleanup don’t haul ass to your final destination. They day is already bad enough. You don’t want to add an expensive speeding ticket on top of it.

Isolate The Mess

Clean the kid first, and the car second. This may sound obvious, but some folks get very uptight about their car getting dirty so their priorities could become clouded in a time of crisis. The first time my son got car sick, we were on a long road trip from New Jersey, to Charleston. He was about nine months at the time. My wife and I wrongly assumed that a nice bottle before the drive should keep him asleep for a while. Heavy bumper to bumper traffic on I-95 turned the milk into curds in the poor kid’s belly and it had to be released.

We exited the highway and I found a grocery store bathroom to give the kid a washing in the sink. Luckily he was small enough at the time to sort of fit. If you have older kids, however, and no access to a bath or shower, this is where the wipes and paper towels come in handy.

Find a safe place to get them out of the car. Take the dirty clothes off and stuff them into one of the plastic bags. Tie that sucker up and put it in another bag.

Then wipe your kid down. First with the paper towels, then with the baby wipes. If you have access to a sink or something, try to rinse your kid off as best you can. Don’t worry about a full wash right now. Once you get to your final destination, that will be time for a shower or bath. You are just trying to remove the smell right now. But be sure to dry your kid off; wet and car sick is not a good combo.

Once the kid is sort of clean, it’s time for the car. If the car seats are splattered you are going to be tempted to remove them right away. Don’t. The kid still needs something dry and comfortable to ride in. There will be time for a car seat deep cleaning later, your goal here is just to make the seat livable for the duration of the ride. Use the paper towels to grab up as much as you can and stuff that mess into the plastic bags. Use the carpet cleaner spray and give any targeted surface a good soaking, then pat it dry with more paper towels so your child is not sitting on a soaking wet car seat.

The Aftermath

Once you reach your destination and your child is washed and changed, now it is time to really clean your car and the car seats. If you aren’t home you need to find a laundromat and a car wash. This is where the ten dollars’ worth of coins will come into play.

Now I’m going to give all of you new parents a lifehack that will come in handy later. When you get that new car seat, before you install it, practice taking it apart. Learn how to disconnect the tabs and straps to get all the cloth and material pieces off the plastic. This is not always as intuitive as it should be. I’ve probably stripped down and re-installed car seats about half-dozen times already. Learn to be a pro at this.

Anyway, toss all of the dirty clothes and car seats into the wash and drive to the car wash for a good shampooing. Even if you have leather seats, chances are your carpet is going to need some cleaning. You would hope that a car wash would have a shampooer for the carpets. I have found that these are rare. But, if you’ve followed my advice, you have your own carpet cleaner with foaming action. You are prepared. Give everything a good soak and let it sit for a few minutes. Then fire up the vacuum and you should be good to go in no time. Take a moment to appreciate your resolve, your preparedness, your accomplishment. You did it.

Having your kid get sick in the car, especially on a road trip, is never a pleasant experience. However, with a little preparation and the ability to stay calm, you and your car will get through it just fine.

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How to Wash Your Car – Consumer Reports

How to wash your car

For many vehicle owners, washing a car by hand is a therapeutic act as beneficial for the person’s state of mind as to the vehicle’s appearance. That’s good, because frequent washing is also the best way to maintain a new-car finish. But as simple as washing your car may seem, there are some things to watch for so that you don’t accidentally scratch or degrade the finish. Below are some basic car-washing tips.

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What Kind of Products Should I Use?

Don’t… use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren’t formulated for use on a car’s paint and may strip off the protective wax.

Do… use a dedicated car-wash product, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb’s-wool mitt. (See our car wax report for tips and advice on all types of waxes.)

car wash products

Grease, rubber, and road-tar deposits picked up from the road often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a bug-and-tar remover. Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to remove these deposits, as they can quickly blacken your sponge.

Do… use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tires, which may be coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris that could mar the car’s finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required. Be sure the cleaner is compatible with the type of finish (paint, clear-coat, chrome, etc.) used on the wheels. A strong formula intended for mag wheels, for instance, can damage the clear coat that’s used on the wheels that come on today’s cars. To be on the safe side, choose a cleaner that’s labeled as safe for use on all wheels.

Are There Any General Guidelines I Should Follow When Washing a Car?

Don’t… wash your car when the body is hot, such as immediately after driving it or after it has been parked in direct sunlight for awhile. Heat speeds the drying of soap and water, making washing more difficult and increasing the chances that spots or deposits will form.

Don’t… move the sponge in circles. This can create light, but noticeable scratches called swirl marks. Instead, move the sponge lengthwise across the hood and other body panels. And don’t continue using a sponge that’s dropped on the ground without thoroughly rinsing it out. The sponge can pick up dirt particles that can scratch the paint.

Do… rinse all surfaces thoroughly with water before you begin washing to remove loose dirt and debris that could cause scratching. Once you begin, concentrate on one section at a time, washing and rinsing each area completely before moving on to the next one. This ensures that you have plenty of time to rinse before the soap dries. Start at the top, and then work your way around the car. Use a hose without a nozzle and let the water flow over the car from top to bottom. This creates a sheeting action that helps minimize pooling of water.

Do… work the car-wash solution into a lather with plenty of suds that provide lots of lubrication on the paint surface. And rinse the sponge often. Using a separate bucket to rinse the sponge keeps dirt from getting mixed into the sudsy wash water.

How Should I Dry the Car When I’m Done?

Don’t… let the car air dry, and don’t expect a drive around the block to do an effective job. Either will leave watermarks caused by minerals in hard water. In addition, don’t use an abrasive towel or other material that can leave hairline scratches in the paint.

Do… use a chamois (natural or synthetic) or soft terry towels. If you choose towels, you may need several. It’s best to blot the water up instead of dragging the towel or chamois over the paint. The drying process can be speeded up by using a soft squeegee to remove most of the water on the body, but be sure the rubber is pliable and that it doesn’t pick up bits of dirt that can cause scratches.

Consumer Reports offers these car washing tips for the do-it-yourselfer to make the paint sparkle without scratching or degrading the finish.

Source: How to Wash Your Car – Consumer Reports

Watch a Chevy Silverado hit its 500,000th mile

 

Bask in the glory of an odometer passing the half-million mark.

A Chevy Silverado hit the milestone of half a million miles, and thanks to YouTube, you can catch the climactic moment.

The video shows the truck’s odometer rolling over to the magic 500,000 milestone, with “great rejoicing” from the driver and passenger.

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500,000 miles sounds like a lot — because it is — but it’s more impressive within the context of how far this car has traveled.

Well done, Silverado. You deserve that cupcake.

Source: Watch a Chevy Silverado hit its 500,000th mile

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Priced | GM Authority

2018 Chevrolet Traverse PricedThat’s $1,280 more than the outgoing, 2017 Traverse.

Chevrolet’s full-size crossover has a price tag ahead of its launch later this year. The base 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will start at $30,875, an increase of $1,280 over the outgoing, least expensive 2017 Traverse.

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The 2018 Traverse arrives on a stretched version of General Motors’ C1XX platform, which also underpins the 2018 Buick Enclave. While the base model keeps things relatively affordable—for a full-size crossover—ticking option boxes will cause the Traverse’s final price to climb past $50,000.2018 Chevrolet Traverse Priced Dash

The base 2018 Traverse arrives with standard dual-zone climate control, cloth seats and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The Traverse LS starts at $32,995, while the LT trim is split into 1LT and 3LT variants.

The Traverse 1LT rings in at $35,495, while the 3LT starts to rack up the extras such as 20-inch wheels, a power liftgate, Bose audio, heated seats and a 360-degree camera system. The goodies come at a price of $42,095. Additionally, all-wheel drive can be added for an extra $3,800 to the LS, 1LT and 3LT trims.2018 Chevrolet Traverse side view

 

The Premier model adds additional creature comforts such as heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and LED headlights for $45,395. All-wheel drive is a $2,900 option for Premier models.

Finally, the range-topping Traverse High Country marks the first time buyers can take home a $50,000+ Traverse. For $52,995, the Traverse High Country includes everything found in the Premier, but adds a chrome grille, Chevy’s suite of active safety systems and includes all-wheel drive as standard.

No matter which 2018 Traverse, each is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine. However, it’s not the 3.6-liter LGX V6 found in many GM vehicles today. It’s actually GM’s old 3.6-liter LFX V6 with automatic start/stop added. In the 2018 Traverse—and 2018 Enclave—it’s assigned the LFY designation.2018 Chevrolet Traverse rear view
With the 2018 Traverse’s move slightly upmarket, with larger overall dimensions, it leaves a perfect space for a new mid-size Chevrolet crossover. That vehicle will likely arrive next year and carry the Blazer nameplate.

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GM Recall Information | Chevy Recall Center | Chevrolet Recalls

GM Recall Information

If you would like to know additional information about your Chevrolet vehicle, call Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s Service Department at 630-898-9630.

If you prefer online interactions, GM provides information on this website for recalls announced on or after August 20, 1999. This information is available for vehicles in which repairs have not been completed. To check for recalls on your GM vehicle, enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) below.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R: The Forever War – Motor Trend

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. 2017 Ford Mustang ShelbyBetween the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, which will emerge the winner of this Head 2 Head comparison?

There ain’t nothing Shakespearean about it. The ponycar wars are no longer a Tempest in a teapot. Gone are the days when Camaros and Mustangs were straight-line beasts (at least in the eyes of their owners) and lacked any sort of handling or finesse.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby night viewBut what is past is prologue. These days, even the entry-level iterations offer up actual sporty good times. And the midgrade versions—Camaro SS and Mustang GT—can bloody the lip of Europe’s finest. For not a ton of coin, either. Then you have the even more potent and more track-focused stuff, the battle that has raged for 50 years. You need your biggest guns; you want to go into battle with your heaviest weapons. For team Camaro, that’s the ZL1. For the Ford Performance folks, it’s none other than the Shelby GT350R. These are extreme machines, in both monstrous function and opulent excrescence.

Is this the perfect comparison test? No. The naturally aspirated Shelby makes a healthy 526 horsepower from its lovably cacophonous 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8. Whereas the Camaro’s relatively subdued 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 produces a mighty 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque—which is over 200 more lb-ft of twisting force than the naturally aspirated Voodoo motor can manage (429 lb-ft). Comparing forced induction to natural aspiration is always a sticky wicket. Not quite apples to oranges—more like apples to pears. You can make cider from both, but there is a difference. At least both feature six-speed manual transmissions—the ZL1 is also available with a 10-speed automatic. Further complicating this test is that Chevy has announced the 1LE version of the ZL1—the nearly palindromic ZL1 1LE. One could argue that the Shelby GT350 is to the ZL1 as the GT350R is to the ZL1 1LE. But as Donald Rumsfeld so sagely said, “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want.”

Source: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R: The Forever War – Motor Trend

Cheap Can Be Fun, Too: Chevy Sonic named in KBB’s 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18k

Chevy Sonic named in KBB's 10 Coolest New Cars
Chevy Sonic named in KBB’s 10 Coolest New Cars

The cheapest car on this list, the Chevy Sonic is a solid choice for a first-time new-car owner. It’s roughly comparable to the Honda Fit, but can also be had as a sedan as well as a hatch. Either way, the styling is decidedly sporty, the equipment top-notch, and the value hard to match in any segment or at any price point.

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Source: Cheap Can Be Fun, Too: Here’s KBB’s 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18k

Fleet of refreshed 2019 Chevy Camaros spied outside proving grounds – Autoblog

2019 Chevy Camaros spied
2019 Chevy Camaros spied

Look for a bump in power to complement the new looks.

The sixth-gen Camaro went on sale in 2015, with a steady progression of ever-more-powerful variations following in the intervening years. As wild and modern as the styling may be, everything becomes old hat after a while. It looks like Chevrolet agrees, with a whole slew of camo-covered Camaros slinking about outside of GM’s Milford Proving Grounds. It looks like Chevy brought out the entire box of crayons for the party.

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2019 Chevy Camaros spied rear tire
2019 Chevy Camaros spied rear tire

A brief look shows us nearly every flavor of Camaro, from a base four-cylinder model all the way up to the 650 horsepower ZL1. The latter is the only one without any front covers, but it’s also the newest kid on the block. Details are few, though it looks like both front and rear fascias are being updated while the center section of the car looks to be unchanged. That’s par for the course with mid-cycle refreshes.

2019 Chevy Camaros spied at proving grounds
2019 Chevy Camaros spied at proving grounds

Look for updated lighting both front and rear to complement the revised styling. That said, don’t expect it to stray too far from the current car’s divisive looks. The past two Camaros have had very distinct styling, and Chevy is eager to keep it that way.

Changes are likely more than skin deep, with updated engines and transmissions making their way into the car. Engines should gain a slight bump in both power and fuel efficiency. Don’t rule out a Camaro with a DOHC V8 under the hood, possibly badged as Z/28. Look for the new 10-speed automatic to make its way into more models.

No word on when the new car will go on sale, but as this is a refresh and not a ground-up redesign, we could see the new model as soon as this fall. That would put the updated Camaro in showrooms in 2018.
Source: Fleet of refreshed 2019 Chevy Camaros spied outside proving grounds – Autoblog

Old vs. New Off-Road Technology: 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs. 1985 Chevy K10 Big Green (Video) – The Fast Lane Truck

2017-chevy-colorado-zr2-k10-big-greenOld vs. New Off-Road Technology: 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs. 1985 Chevy K10 Big Green.

What does 32 years of off-road technology progress at Chevrolet look like? We put the all-new 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 side-by-side with our 1985 Chevy K10 “Big Green” project truck.

Big Green is riding on a basic four-inch lift with blocks. It’s rough riding, but offers lots of ground clearance and great approach and departure angles. The classic 4×4 Chevy is rolling on 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires. It has a manually locking front hubs and lever-operated transfer case.

The Colorado ZR2 is packed full of latest technology. It’s wider and taller than a regular Colorado. It’s riding on 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires, and uses special position-sensitive spool valve shock absorbers. It also has electrically locking front and rear differentials.

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