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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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!
There are many benefits to owning an electric vehicle,
besides the obvious. Now you can learn about all those benefits through the
newly-launched Bolt EV Academy from Chevrolet.
A handy series of 15 videos help educate consumers on all the aspects of the Bolt. Current Bolt EV owners will see what it’s capable of while future Bolt owners can see how easy and fun it is to live with an all-electric vehicle.
There’s a video that explains home charging basics, such as
how much time it takes and how to do it properly. They even explain how to
install an efficient home charging station, or how charging on a road trip
works with a network of over 2,800 charging locations.
The videos explain how to use the driver’s display screens for
battery level awareness, safety feature activation or even syncing with your
Bolt EV Academy also explores the innovative one-pedal
driving system and regen-on-demand technology. Just using the accelerator can
help power the car’s battery and save wear and tear on your brakes.
You can find all these handy tips and tricks straight from the engineers who developed the Ford Bolt EV. Visit the automaker’s official YouTube page or Chevrolet.com to learn more, or pay a visit to Stingray Chevrolet Bartow to test drive a Bolt EV.
If concern over the COVID-19 outbreak has made you more conscious of your cleaning habits — especially as they relate to your car—don’t worry. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when you clean your vehicle, both now and in the future.
Choose the right cleaner
Making sure that you’re using the right kind of soap or
disinfectant on the right material is just as important for you as it is for
your car. It’s recommended that you use fabric cleaner on cloth seats,
leather-specific cleaners on leather upholstery like seating, shift knobs, and
armrests. Also, using regular disinfectants on hard-touch surfaces will be best
as long as you don’t spray anything directly onto electronics.
Keep a close eye on high-traffic areas
You should pay special attention to any surface that gets
touched frequently, both inside and out. If you regularly disinfect the
steering wheel, door handles, any touchscreen displays, and armrests, you
should be able to curb the spread of germs.
Don’t forget the kids
If you have children — especially if they’re young enough to
need car seats — make sure to give those a thorough cleaning. It’s also a good
idea to keep their toys clean and clear, especially if they bring them out of
the car at any point
For more tips on how to keep your vehicle clean and safe — or to schedule a full detailing — please give us a call right here at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow.
The new, improved, and refreshed versions of the compact SUV Chevrolet Equinox and the mid-size SUV Chevrolet Traverse have been pushed back from their scheduled launch. They are moving to being 2022 model year SUVs, and we at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow are eagerly awaiting their reveal.
This compact SUV will hit the market in 2022
with a sportier, more athletic design, a new RS trim to go along with the L,
LS, LT, and Premier trims, and more safety features. You can choose between 1.5-liter
or 2.0-liter turbo engines, which can be paired with six-speed or nine-speed
automatic transmissions and available all-wheel drive configuration.
The redesigned front and rear fascia will flaunt
a more aggressive grille and LED headlamps to make the 2022 Equinox the
fiercest, most modern version of the SUV to date.
Best-in-class cargo space will be a highlight
of the 2022 Traverse, which hit record sales in 2019 to bring the mid-size SUV
to a total of 1.3 million units sold since its inception in 2009.
Redesigned front and rear designs, new
standard LED headlamps and tail lamps, and fresh interior seating options give
the Traverse a makeover inside and out. Six essential safety systems will be
standard on all trim levels in 2022, delivering the latest technology to your
With the Equinox and Traverse delayed, you can still find the current SUVs here at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow. We have them in stock now.