As a car owner, it is important to listen for certain car noises while driving. Over the course of your vehicle’s life, it will inevitably encounter issues that need to be addressed for your safety, and the noises your vehicle makes are often the first warning sign. Here are some common car noises and what they mean.
Squealing from tires when braking: This indicates that your brake pads have likely worn down and need to be replaced. This isn’t an urgent issue but should be followed up on in a reasonable amount of time.
A rumbling sound beneath the driver’s seat: This sound could indicate a crack or leak in the manifold of your vehicle’s exhaust system. While the uncomfortable shaking seat may be manageable, the issue could also mean carbon monoxide is leaking into the cabin, so roll down the windows and get it checked out right away.
Squeaking when turning the wheel: There is likely an issue with your power-steering system—typically the issue is that your vehicle is running low on power-steering fluid.
Squealing from under the hood: Noises from under the hood are never good. This specific squeal typically means your serpentine belt is loose or worn. This belt powers several crucial systems in your vehicle, so replacing quickly is paramount.
Whenever your car makes funny noises, smells, or shakes, contact the service team at Buff Whelan Chevrolet. We’ll be happy to take a look at it for you.
At the Chicago Auto Show in February, Chevrolet rolled out the all-new 2019 Blazer, a sporty mid-size crossover bearing the nameplate of the classic Chevy Blazer SUV, which Chevrolet first introduced in the 1960s and ended its run in 2005. But, now the Blazer is back.
The new Blazer slots between the compact Equinox and the mid-size Traverse in terms of size, making it a perfect option for drivers who want a crossover that offers sporty performance and looks, is easy to maneuver, and still has plenty of cargo space.
It’s rare to see a performance-focused SUV that still delivers utility, but the Blazer has utility in spades, with a max towing capacity of 4,500 pounds. Plus, it has a smart Cargo Management System to help parents, weekend warriors, and frequent travelers make room for all their things.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer debut announcement revealed that the new SUV is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and comes with two engine options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6. The base engine delivers plenty of excitement with its 193 horsepower, but the V6’s 305 horsepower lets the Blazer’s exhilarating ride shine even more.
The inside of the new Blazer is just as stylish as the outside, with a sizable infotainment system and stitching accents to the trim that make a sophisticated look. Also available on the Blazer are luxurious comforts like heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, and smartphone compatibility for Apple and Android users.
Buff Whelan already has the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer in stock. Find it in dozens of combinations of colors, engines, and trim levels to fit your needs.
Chilly mornings are no fun, and chilly days and nights are even less so. In the winter months, it can be hard to stay warm while out and about, making daily tasks a bit of a bother. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to stave off the chill. Here are a few accessories and gadgets to help keep your car warm in winter.
Heated seat covers: A quick and easy way make your car more comfortable in the wintertime is to purchase heated seat covers. Rather than having to flinch when sitting down on your cold seats, these seat covers will keep you nice and toasty.
Heated steering wheel cover: Why stop at the seats? You can also get a heated steering wheel cover to keep your hands warm.
Remote starter: This one’s quite a bit more sophisticated than the other two, but even more convenient. A remote car starter allows you to start your car and let it warm up before you even leave your house.
Windshield ice melter/de-icer spray: Your fingers can freeze if you waste time scraping off icy windows. For a quick remedy to pesky ice, have a bottle of de-icer on hand, which you can spray on the windshield or even door handles.
If winter has left your vehicle a little worse for the wear, come in to Buff Whelan Chevrolet for repairs and maintenance.
It’s officially December, which means the holidays are here. Christmas is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll observe the merry holiday this season. Here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we are prone to liking vehicle-related activities, so we came up with this list of car-themed ways to celebrate the holidays:
Take a holiday road trip: Pack up the car and hit the road. The holidays are the perfect time to go see family and friends you don’t get to see very often. Whether it’s a short trip to a nearby city or a cross-country trip to distant relatives, you will love the destination — and likely the drive to and from.
Drive through a light display: Most major cities offer several holiday light displays, many of which are drive-through displays. Blast your favorite Christmas music as you ooh and ahh at the lights with your family. If there are no displays nearby, just drive around residential areas to see the lights put up by everyday people.
Decorate your car: Get festive with your car this holiday season, perhaps with a red Rudolph nose up front or your favorite ornament hanging from your rearview mirror.
Thinking of the perfect gift for Christmas? Stop by and see us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet to see if we have the perfect car for that special someone in your life.
The Chevrolet Colorado, much like the Silverado, is getting a new design for the 2019 model year. The new Colorado boasts some exciting modifications, including a new grille design, which allows drivers to add more customization to their trucks. If you’re looking for a sporty model with personalized options, check out the 2019 Colorado.
One of the most exciting new Chevy Colorado grille options includes a lettered grille that spells out “Chevrolet,” using a cut-out design over a mesh-like background. This design seems subtle at first glance, but it completely revamps the look of the front fascia. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV concept vehicle also has a new grille, one that’s similar to the lettered grille.
While the ZR2 AEV concept vehicle may not be available to mainstream buyers in the near future, the standard Chevrolet Colorado will come with the exciting new grille option for $475 on the 2019 model .
There’s also a new body-colored grille option on the Chevy Colorado, which adds a touch of sophistication to the exterior. The grille is just one of the features the brand is elevating on the 2019 Chevy Colorado.
Stop by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to witness the stylish grille update on the 2019 Colorado. We can also set you up with a test-drive, so you can channel this model’s brawny capability.
For a long time, it was typical to see the Ford Mustang on top in terms of monthly sales, and not far behind that was the Dodge Challenger. Due to its killer combination of incredible performance, stunning style, and overall value, however, the new Chevrolet Camaro is causing quite a stir as it disrupts this familiar sales trend. Outselling both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger toward the end of 2017, the success of the new Chevrolet Camaro shows no signs of slowing down as 2018 rolls on.
In the face of overall muscle car sales declining toward the end of last year, and a huge 27.24% decline in the usually-popular Ford Mustang, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro sales are still going strong. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as the Chevrolet Camaro delivers more of what is most important to modern drivers, including exhilarating performance, premium safety features, and more standard advanced technology features.
The Ford Mustang might have a legendary past, but it’s current offering are falling a little flat when compared to the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, which boasts standard Drive Mode Selector, a 7-inch infotainment display, standard automatic climate control technology, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, all of which are absent in the 2018 Ford Mustang.
The Camaro is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. To see other reasons why Camaro is surging in popularity, visit Buff Whelan Chevrolet to get behind the wheel for a test drive.
Driving when tired can reduce your reaction time, so make sure you get plenty of rest before heading out the road – especially if the roads are covered in snow and ice.
Keep the tires properly inflated
Lower tire pressure means the tires’ treads don’t get traction as well as they should. Keep track of the tire pressure, and fill it up if it dips below your owner’s manual’s recommended levels.
Make sure your gas tank is at least half full
When the gas tank dips below a certain level, the gas line can freeze-up, which means your car won’t work. Keep it half full at all times to ensure this doesn’t happen.
Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads
Cruise control is great on long distance drives, but it doesn’t allow you the control you need when driving on slippery surfaces. This means you shouldn’t use it if there’s rain, ice, or snow out on the road.
Turn into a skid
Hopefully this doesn’t happen, but if you find yourself in a skid, make sure you steer in the direction that the rear of the vehicle is sliding – and don’t panic and over-correct. This will help the vehicle correct itself and get back on the road.
As the winter season rolls around, on every driver’s mind is what that means for their daily commute. We all want to do our best to keep us and our passengers safe while on the road in the blustery weather conditions that winter throws at us. Here are a few tips from us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet on how to prep your car for the winter months.
Check the Liquids
Prior to getting on the road in wintery conditions, it is important to make sure you are doing everything you can to defend your car. Check the following levels to help keep everyone safe:
Antifreeze: Antifreeze prevents your engine from freezing, so this is very important in the frigid winter months. You can easily add more if needed.
Wiper fluid: Similar to antifreeze, this is easy to add if needed. In the winter months, you should use special winter windshield wiper fluid which will not freeze and help optimize visibility.
Oil: Similar to how there is a winter version of windshield wiper fluid, there is a winter-friendly version of oil, which will help keep your engine running smoothly and reliably in the cold months. Select it when you get your oil changed before winter.
Improve the Tires
Lastly, make sure your tires are in good condition with lots of tread, and stash some extra jackets and snacks in the car in case you get stuck in some gnarly winter traffic.
The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Family, friends, and food are a few things that immediately come to mind. For many, this list also includes the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Televised from 9am to noon EST, around 3.5 million people tune in with their loved ones to watch. Another 2,000 people take part in the parade itself, including the drivers of the floats we love. Here’s a few fun facts about driving in the Macy’s Day Parade.
Have you ever wondered who the people behind the wheel of these floats are? They are union members of New York City’s Theatrical Teamsters.
The parade begins in Manhattan, but the floats themselves are built and kept in Moonachie, New Jersey, and must be able to be deconstructed to more manageable pieces so they are able to be lugged through Lincoln Tunnel and into New York City. This trip begins around ten hours before the start of the actual parade itself: approximately 50 trailers are employed to transport everything and get it safely to the parade’s starting point.
Following the parade, the process is repeated in reverse. The floats are broken down once more and transported back to New Jersey, and the drivers of the trailers join the throngs of people in holiday traffic heading home to their loved ones for Thanksgiving dinner.
From the first float of the turkey to the last float of Santa, it’s truly the drivers who keep the parade going. While watching the parade this year, know that we at Buff Whelan Chevrolet are watching as well.
Getting into the spirit of Halloween usually means putting up some spooky decorations and getting a bowl of candy for the kids. As it turns out, you can dress more than just yourself in a creative costume this year. Check out these creative ways to dress up your car for Halloween from our team here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.
There’s little point in just tossing decorations on your car. Pick a theme first and go from there. Drivers with black cars, for example, might don their vehicle with some decorations to make it look like the Batmobile. Those with white cars can go the ghost route. Those are just two options; there are dozens of famous cars and decorative themes to choose from!
Before you start decorating, make sure your Halloween touches aren’t going to hinder the safety of yourself or other drivers. Be sure your decorations are secure and don’t block your view of the windows and mirrors.
If you don’t plan on driving your car, however, you can do whatever you please. Attach legs to make it a giant spider or tack on some add-ons that bring a more creative costume to your driveway.
If you aren’t planning on going all out on your car’s Halloween costume, consider some simple decorations. Halloween-themed decals and magnets will do the trick. They’re cheap and show that you’re feeling the spirit of the holiday.