3 Tips for Washing Your Chevrolet Truck

Even if you love to take your new Silverado or Colorado out for some mudding on the weekend, there’s nothing like seeing your truck with a sparkling sheen. Take advantage of the warm weather and set aside an afternoon to give your truck some TLC. These tips for washing your Chevrolet truck will help you get the most out of your time and effort.

Check the weather

Imagine taking a day out of your busy schedule to lovingly wash your new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or Colorado — only for the skies to open up and the rain to come pouring down hours later. Your favorite weather app is your friend when it comes to washing your Chevrolet truck. Pick a day that’s warm and sunny but preferably not so hot that you’ll have a hard time. And if possible, pick a day with little or no chance of rain in the days ahead so you can enjoy the look of a shiny clean truck for as long as possible.

Leave no stone unturned

Washing your truck effectively is about more than just soaping and hosing off the body. You need to pay attention to the particulars. Spend some time cleaning out your truck bed, especially if you do a lot of hauling. Make sure you get the headlights and grille, too, since that’s where a lot of dirt and bugs will accumulate. And don’t forget to save the wheels for last.

Have the right tools

You always should be well-equipped to do the job at hand, even when it comes to washing your Chevy truck. Invest in high-quality sponges, towels, and chamois and make sure you get the right cleaning products for the job. You may even want to take a three-bucket approach, which gives you dedicated receptacles for clean soapy water, water for rinsing, and water specifically for the wheels at the finish.

Looking to upgrade to a shiny new Chevrolet truck? They don’t come shinier than the 2021 Silverado 1500 and Colorado, which you’ll find at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow in Bartow, Florida.

New 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV Coming Soon

This summer, you can march boldly and confidently into a future of zero-emissions driving. The all-new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV are coming to Stingray Chevrolet Bartow in Bartow, Florida.

Chevrolet grows the Bolt lineup with a new, family-friendlier Bolt EUV that breaks new ground in more ways than one. The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV will become the first vehicle in the brand’s lineup to offer Super Cruise™ hands-free driving technology. It’ll also boast a new Dual Level Charge Cord that makes keeping your battery topped up even easier.

“The new Bolt EUV is the best of the Bolt EV packaged in an SUV-like vehicle with more technology and features, giving customers more choices and reasons to switch to electric,” said Steve Hill, vice president of Chevrolet. “This is an opportunity for Chevy to capitalize on the success we’ve built with the Bolt EV and bring new customers into the Chevy family.”

As if that’s not enough, Chevrolet is making the all-new 2022 Bolt EV more affordable. Chevy chopped $5,000 off the base price of the 2021 model, meaning you have even more reasons to check out what the Bolt brings to the table.

And it brings a lot. The 2022 Bolt EV boasts a 65-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack that General Motors expects to return 259 miles on a full charge.* With the new Bolt EUV, you’ll get 250 miles on a full charge, making it perfect for your travels in and around Bartow.*

Want to be one of the first to get a new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV or EUV this summer? Contact the team at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow and we’ll help you make it happen.

*Your actual range will vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age and how you use and maintain your vehicle.

GM Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2040

Climate change is impacting our lives more than ever, and many people (and companies) are wondering how they can help leave a better world behind for future generations. Stingray Chevrolet in Bartow, Florida, has the scoop on how General Motors, the biggest automaker in America, plans to do its part.

In January, General Motors revealed that it will achieve full carbon neutrality in both its vehicles and manufacturing processes by 2040. Mary Barra, the Chairman and CEO of GM, stated, “General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world.”

To achieve its lofty goal, General Motors plans to use a science-based approach that will eliminate all tailpipe emissions from its entire fleet of light-duty vehicles by 2035. GM is also ramping up the planned electrification of its lineup with a $27 billion investment to convert as much as 40 percent of its lineup to battery power by 2025.

One of the biggest keys to GM’s carbon neutral goal is its innovative Ultium battery. Many GM factories across the United States are being retrofitted to develop and manufacture the Ultium battery, which will power the automaker’s upcoming electric models.

The future of electric vehicles is coming to Stingray Chevrolet Bartow, and it starts this spring with the arrival of the all-new 2022 Bolt and Bolt EUV. Contact our sales team to learn more how you can do your part to make a better tomorrow and enjoy an exciting drive in the process.

Top 5 Signs of Tire Wear

Your tires take the biggest beating of any part of your vehicle because they’re the only thing making contact with the road. If you’re wondering whether it’s time to bring your car into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow for a new set of four, look out for these 5 causes and signs of tire wear.

Bumps or bulges

If you see any unusual bulging in the sidewall of your tire, it’s likely the result of a high-speed impact with a pothole or other road hazard. Bulges are very unsafe, increasing your risk for a flat or blowout. If you notice something along these lines, you’ll want to stop into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow as soon as possible for diagnosis.

Uneven wearing

The tread on your tire wears naturally over the thousands of miles. But your tread should be wearing evenly across your tires and on each tire. If some tires seem to have worn more than others, you might need to be more mindful of rotating them every so often.

Wear on the edge

If you notice that there’s a lot of wear toward the edge of your tires, that can mean your wheels aren’t properly aligned. Wearing on the edge makes the tires less capable of generating traction and stopping quickly.

Pulling while driving

If you feel your vehicle pulling to one side while you’re driving, it requires immediate attention. It could be a sign of worn-down tires, brake problems, or issues with your wheel alignment.

Vibrations or thumps

Out-of-balance tires will lead to sounds that shouldn’t be there, such as consistent vibrations or heavy thumps. Fortunately, maintaining your tires and keeping them healthy is fairly straightforward. When you bring your ride into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow for service, we’ll let you know how your current set of tires is doing and what you need to do to keep them going stronger for longer.

Chevrolet Uses 3D Printing Tech to Develop Motorsport Parts

With the advancement of 3D printing tech in recent years, manufacturers can produce parts in virtually any shape to exact specifications. Chevrolet Motorsports has been taking advantage of this technology by using 3D-printed parts for some of its racing vehicles including INDYCAR, Corvette C8.R, NASCAR Camaro, and Silverado teams.

Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports, said, “GM’s 3D-printing capability speeds up our learning cycles and, in turn, these racetrack experiences help our additive manufacturing team move one step closer to using 3D-printed parts in production vehicles.”

In total, the Chevrolet Motorsports teams have accumulated over 80,000 miles of competition driving using 3D-printed parts. On the Corvette C8.R, there are 75 3D-printed parts, which include the air conditioning driver cooling box, oil tank, power steering pump braking, and headlight assemblies.

For the INDYCAR program, Chevrolet used 3D printing for the V6 exhaust system. This helps eliminate many failure points that exist in traditionally manufactured components. 3D printing is also more cost effective. Since June 2020, Chevrolet INDYCAR engines have run for over 60,000 miles.

The Silverado off-road racing truck competes in the 1200 Stock class. Chevrolet incorporated three 3D-printed parts into the truck. This includes a rear damper shield reinforced with carbon fiber.

Motorsport technologies tend to make their way to production vehicles eventually. We expect that in short order, Chevrolet will be using 3D printing tech to create parts used in the awesome vehicles you can find at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!

Chevrolet Shows Off Future Electrification Technology

At the 2020 SEMA360 Show, Chevrolet revealed its future electrification technology in the form of a 1977 K5 Blazer that was transformed into an all-electric vehicle, as part of a demonstration of Chevy’s eCrate conversion system.

To convert the 1977 vehicle, the team removed its original engine and replaced it with a Chevy Bolt EV electric motor capable of generating 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The team removed the transmission, fuel system, and exhaust, but did not update the rest of the drivetrain.

The new K5 Blazer-E stands as a proof of concept for Chevrolet Performance’s upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise Package, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2021. Chevy first previewed its eCrate method via the 2018 Chevy eCOPO Camaro. 2019 saw the release of the Chevrolet E-10.

Stingray Chevrolet Bartow will be able to install the 60-kWh Electric Connect and Cruise Package, which includes a 60-kWh battery pack, a DC-to-AC power inverter for the 200-horsepower motor, wiring harnesses, controllers, water pumps, and more.

Russ O’Blenes, Director of Engineering for Chevrolet, expressed his excitement over the possibilities enabled by Chevy’s future electric technology: “The K5 Blazer-E demonstrates what is possible for customers who want to convert their vintage truck to a daily driver with the instant torque and unique driving experience of an EV.”

Going green shouldn’t force you to make compromises. With the upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise Package, Chevrolet ensures that you can convert your vintage automobile into a future-ready ride.

Go on a Road Trip in a Chevrolet SUV

Road trips have never gone out of favor, but road trips are more popular than ever now that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit. With restrictions on air travel and health concerns, more Americans are not only hitting the open road to get away from it all, but more Americans are also planning to road trip during the winter holidays.

According to a recent study from Chevrolet and The Harris Poll of 1,000 Americans, “Nearly 80 percent of Americans credited road trips as helping to keep their sanity during the pandemic.”

SUVs make a great choice for your road trip vehicle thanks to their ample cabin space to keep you and your passengers comfortable, expansive cargo space to secure your bags and gear, and a higher ground clearance for a smoother ride. The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban deliver all the amenities you need for an epic road trip, including best-in-class cargo volumes and an available Rear Seat Media System equipped with two 12.6-inch diagonal LCD HD touch screens. Your rear passengers can whittle away the hours on the road watching their favorite movies.

“This desire to pack up family and cargo and get out is part of these iconic SUVs’ DNA. The all-new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban have been completely redesigned to offer more space, comfort and technology to make road trips enjoyable and memorable,” said Bob Krapes, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director.

Check out the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow in Bartow, Florida.

Fall Car Care Tips

Fall is a season defined by changes. Even here in the Sunshine State, the weather can quickly take a turn for the cooler. Changing weather can do a number on your car, so keeping these fall car care tips in mind will help your vehicle deal with anything autumn throws your way.

Change your windshield wipers

While many other parts of the country are currently dealing with falling leaves, Florida deals with heavy rainfall during the autumnal months. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a torrential downpour with outdated windshield wipers. Trade in your old set for a new pair to keep your on-road vision in check.

Check your tire pressure

It’s not uncommon to experience sudden and dramatic temperature changes during the fall. These drastic temperature drops can cause your vehicle’s tire pressure to drop as well. Keep an eye out for any signs that you might need to fill your tires up with more air during the next few months.

Inspect your headlights

One constant during the fall no matter what part of the country you call home is longer nights. As the sun starts to set earlier, you’ll want to make sure you have a good set of headlights equipped to your vehicle. After all, you’ll be using them a lot more as the night starts lasting longer.

If you need any assistance with prepping your car for fall, feel free to reach out to the Stingray Chevrolet Bartow service team at 863-578-4872.

Boost Your Vehicle’s Efficiency With These Fuel-Saving Driving Tips

While choosing an efficient model like the Chevy Trax can help you maximize your fuel savings, you can also employ some tweaks to your driving style to boost your vehicle’s efficiency. Here are a few fuel-saving driving tips to get you started.

Capitalize on cruise control: Using your car’s cruise control does more than take some stress out of highway driving — it helps you save on gas. You’ll love the ease of using advanced adaptive cruise control, available on popular models like the Chevy Equinox. It makes cruise control even safer by helping you maintain a safe following distance — all while saving fuel.

Streamline your ride: For more efficient driving, remove unnecessary heavy cargo from your trunk, cargo bay, or truck bed. Also, avoid carrying cargo on top of your roof.

Ignore the urge to idle: Turn off the engine in situations when you’d normally idle. Some Chevy models take care of this for you — the remarkably efficient Chevy Silverado features smart stop-start technology on its powertrains.

Be a smart, safe driver: Aggressive driving isn’t just dangerous — it wastes gasoline, too. Habits like speeding, jackrabbit starts, and hard braking can reduce your efficiency by up to 40 percent.

Regular maintenance also helps your car run more efficiently. Take your vehicle in for a checkup at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow today.

Corvette Celebrates 1st Corvette C8.R Win at Daytona

The New Corvette C8.R took home first place at the IMSA WeatherTech at Daytona over the Independence Day weekend, with drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor winning by 1.977 seconds in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were slightly behind in fifth place with the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R, but succeeded as class pole-winners.

A momentous achievement

The IMSA WeatherTech at Daytona was only the third racing appearance of the C8.R Corvette, but its victory means even more to long-time Corvette fans. It marks not just the 1st Corvette C8.R win but also the Corvette’s 100th IMSA win overall, and its first win since 2017 at Virginia International Raceway.

Corvette brilliance

Corvette’s drivers had nothing but admiration for the Corvette team and the C8.R. Jordan Taylor said it was “a perfect day for the Corvette C8.R,” and their “fuel mileage, engine and drivability” had drastically improved since the C8.R’s debut. Antonio Garcia agreed with Taylor, saying the team “learned a lot from the Rolex 24” and “now it’s time to win with the C8.R.”

Oliver Gavin admitted some difficulties in racing strategy, but noted, “the Corvette had good pace,” allowing him to lead and come on pole. Tommy Milner was more effusive, saying, “I’m very proud of how fast these Corvette C8.Rs were.” Milner was confident that the crew and car were at the top of their game and “ready to win races.”

The Corvette C8.R’s win at Daytona was followed by another at Sebring, and no doubt there will be many more victories to follow. If you don’t have a racing license, though, you can still tap into the power of the car by getting behind the wheel of a Corvette Stingray at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!