One of the most common tire warning signs is rough vibration while driving. Serious vibration can be an indicator of poor tires. This sometimes occurs if regular tire maintenance hasn’t been performed.
However, there are other causes such as improper wheel and tire balance, uneven tire tread, out of round tires, loose lug nuts, and damaged wheels.
If your vehicle vibrates, take it for servicing right away.
Regular Tire Inspection
One of the best ways to maintain the health of your tires is sim...
Air Filter Maintenance: What You Should Know to Stay Safe on the Road
Here at our Harrisonburg VA car dealership, our service department stays busy maintaining vehicles and correcting potential problems that could cause greater problems on the road.
As part of maintenance and prevention, certified Chevrolet technicians regularly check air filters. It used to be that for good air filter maintenance, filters needed to be changed every 3,000 miles.
Today, however, modern air filters have a longer life, lasting between 1-2 years. Still, the practice of checking air filters periodically is key. A change in driving habits and weather conditions can cause more dirt and debris to accumulate.
That’s why our technicians recommend routinely checking both your cabin and engine filters about every 6,000 miles.
What’s important to remember with any air filter ma...
Teen Drivers: 7 Most Important Car Maintenance Services
Teen drivers enjoy the independence that driving affords them, and rightly so. But part of the first-time driver experience is learning to care for the vehicle.
As a new driver, there’s a good chance that this is your first experience owning a vehicle. The ability to go where you want to is the ultimate freedom. But to make sure your ride stays smooth and free from mechanical failure, your vehicle needs regular maintenance to keep it performing at its best.
Here are our seven tried and true maintenance recommendations.
Rotate Tires & Check Air Pressure
Your tires are quite possibly the most important factor in how your car drives on the road. Making sure that your tires are properly inflated and routinely rotated are critical to your driving comfort.
The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox: A Dependable, Family Car
Right now, the new car market is tight due to the micro chip shortage. That why buying a quality used car makes good sense. And we have an excellent recommendation for you. Discover the 2020 Chevy Equinox.
It’s a small SUV with a big reputation. The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox not only has a striking exterior, it backs up its good looks with an outstanding reputation for safety.
All 2020 Equinox models now have Chevy Safety Assist as standard. This bundle of six advanced technologies can help the driver detect and prevent potential road hazards before they happen.
Traveling at speeds below 50 MPH during the daytime, the Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking helps you to reduce or avoid the severity of a front end collision with a detected vehicle...
Want the convenience of more room in your vehicle? Don’t want to compromise on quality? Good news! Chevrolet’s 2021 SUV’s deliver on both value and quality. In fact, there are five to choose from—one for every lifestyle—that offer ample cargo space and seating.
Take a look at what Chevy offers families both large and small. Then decide which one is right for you.
2021 Chevrolet Trax: Performance, Agility, and Speed
This city-friendly Chevy SUV, Trax is easy on gas without compromising pep and agility. With 48.4 cubic cargo space, you’ve also got plenty of space. Seating up to five passengers, this compact design is sure to please.
The Trax also has the technology every driver wants, keeping you connected to your favorite people as well as providing ...
Here at Joe Bowman Chevy, we’re all about helping you to make your car last as long as possible. Taking care of the exterior of your vehicle is one way to car for your car, truck, or SUV. That’s why we’ve put together our list of the three best types of car wash soaps to use on your vehicle.
All soaps do the same job, clean a surface, right? True, but each soap has its own method for cleaning. Think laundry soap, hand soap, dish detergent. So why not use them for a car wash soap?
While it might seem handy to reach for one of these household cleaners, the truth is any of them can ruin your vehicle’s paint!
Using a dedicated car wash soap is the first stop to preserving your car’s paint. And definitely choosing a quality car wash soap will extend the health and beauty of your pain...
No matter what the time of year, safety is always in season! Here at Joe Bowman Auto Plaza, we’re huge advocates of staying safe on the road. And, of course, there are many ways to do that.
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, one of the simplest ways to stay safe on the road is to keep your windshield clean, free of debris. That’s why choosing a good windshield wiper fluid is key.
So, what type should you choose? First up, what you shouldn’t choose is plain water. It works adequately in warm temperatures, but it can breed bacteria like legionella bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease.
And, in the winter, water freezes.
Instead, here are four options that are far safer and better than water.
5 Big Benefits of Chevy Dealership Maintenance for Your New Vehicle
When you buy a brand new Chevrolet from Joe Bowman Auto Plaza, you want your vehicle to last as long as possible.
That’s where good, consistent maintenance comes in. At our Harrisonburg Chevy dealership, maintenance for your vehicle is what we preach!
Our service department is second to none in providing the best auto maintenance and repair services. In fact, we’ve listed five big benefits of working with the pros in our service department.
Chevy Certified Technicians
The GM certified technicians in our service department are highly trained. They know your vehicle inside and out. While they can work on any brand that comes through the door—and do it very well—GM certified technicians have also been trained to know every inch of your Chevrolet vehicle.
Now that spring is definitely here, millions of people are planning on taking a road trip. That means it’s time for our Spring 2021 auto tune up guide. Get your vehicle ready for worry-free driving!
One of the first places to begin your spring checkup is with your wiper blades. Replacing them every six months is a good policy. Or when they are torn, cracked, split, causing windshield streaks or chattering.
Next, check tires. Look for bald spots or bulges. Check air pressure and inspect your tires for low or uneven tread. These conditions could indicate a need for a wheel alignment.
Paint and Resale Value
It’s time to wash your vehicle and doing it by hand is the best way to ensure it’s thoroughly and gently cleaned. Once you’ve got the exterior cleaned, wax it! Regular waxing p...
When buying a truck, not everyone needs a V-6 or V-8 cylinder full-sized pick up truck. In fact, small or medium sized trucks have hit record sales in the past few years.
Consumers that want a truck for the occasional tow, a daily commute, driving kids to school, and for shopping, love the Chevy Colorado. Even businesses find this workhorse pick up truck a valuable part of the team.
With lower maintenance costs, they are also cheaper to operate than one-ton pickups. The 4-cylinder Colorado offers good towing capabilities as well as good gas mileage, and is reliable, comfortable, and attractive.
A 2020 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy award winner, the Chevy Colorado is a midsized truck designed to take on adventure in style! With a full boxed frame and 4-wheel disc brakes with Duralife® rotors, the...
New Car and Used Car Financing: What’s the Difference?
You might think there’s a big difference between financing a new car and financing a used car. Here at Joe Bowman Auto Plaza, there really isn’t much difference at all!
Sometimes, car manufacturers offer special rates through select lenders that are tied to that brand. These rates are offered only a particular model for those consumers who have higher credit scores, but that is outside of our financing department.
That’s why, generally speaking, the difference between new car and used car financing comes down to the price tag. New cars are a greater investment than pre-owned vehicles. So more money is required, but that’s where the difference ends.
There are, however, three requirements for both types of financing.