Car Tips, Maintenance, Tires

How to Know When It’s Time to Get New Tires

Stack of New Tires | Portland, ME

Your tires are some of the most important components of your car, as they are the only things keeping you in contact with the road. That is why it is so important to take good care of them and replace them when they wear out. But how do you know when it is time to get new tires?

Tread Depth

One of the simplest ways to tell if your tires are too worn out is to check the tread depth. Thankfully, you don’t need an expensive tool to check your tires’ tread; all you need is a penny. Place a penny with Lincoln’s head pointing down into the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too shallow, and it is time for new tires.

Uneven wear

If your tires are out of alignment, it can cause one or more of your tires to wear out in certain spots faster than the other tires. If you notice this, you will need new tires and an alignment, so it doesn’t happen again.

Age

If you have a car that you don’t drive very much, the tread may appear to be in good condition, but then the age of the tires come into play. Over time, the rubber begins to deteriorate, so most tire manufacturers recommend replacing tires after ten years.

Whether you know you need new tires or just want a second opinion, the experienced team at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland has got you covered. We’ll make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape in no time.

Car Tips, Maintenance, Oil Change

Why Getting an Oil Change is Important

Oil Change | Portland, ME

Routine maintenance items like oil changes will help ensure that your vehicle operates safely and smoothly. Here are just four benefits of taking your vehicle into Quirk Chevrolet of Portland and getting an oil change.

  1. Improves efficiency

Clean oil improves the lubrication of the engine parts, which in turn, reduces friction. Reduced friction means the engine uses less fuel. This means that you won’t have to visit the pump as often.

2. Keeps the engine clean and extends its life

Old oil usually contains a decent amount of dirt and debris, particles which can damage parts of the engine. By regularly changing the oil and filters every 3,000-5,000 miles, you’ll help protect the condition of the engine and avoid costly repairs.*

3. Reduces emissions

When the oil is old and dirty, it can cause your engine to release a surplus of emissions. New oil, by contrast, reduces emissions because it is better at absorbing debris and other particles.

4. Enhances engine performance

As mentioned above, clean oil improves the lubrication of the engine parts. This will keep the engine parts running quietly and effectively, which in turn, will result in a smoother acceleration and prompter response behind the wheel.

Contact our service department at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland to schedule an oil change for your vehicle. We’re here to make sure you enjoy your Chevy for years to come.

*Consult your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific recommended oil change schedule.

Car Tips

How to Jump Start Your Car in a Jiffy

How to jump start your car

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One of the most common vehicle-related issues you likely face is a failing or dead battery that leads you to not starting your vehicle. With any luck, a friendly driver will stop by to assist you, using his or her car. Follow this guide on how to jump start your car, and you will be back on road quickly.

Jumper Cables

If you have an older vehicle or battery, it’s a good idea to store jumper cables in your trunk.

Park Both Vehicles

Turn off the engines, and open both vehicles’ hoods.Position your car and the other vehicle close together.

Attach Jumper Cables

First, connect red clip to your battery’s positive terminal and then to their battery’s positive terminal. Next, join black clip to their battery’s negative terminal and then to an unpainted metal surface on your vehicle, like your hood’s metal strut.

Start the Engine of the Working Vehicles

Turn on the working vehicle, and let it idle for a couple of minutes.

Start Your Vehicle

Your vehicle should start without an issue. If not, try again in about five minutes.

Once Your Car Starts, Leave It On

Drive it around for a minimum of 15 minutes to recharge its battery.

This is how you save the day, and trust us — we are in the saving business from our new car specials to our GM-certified service team. Stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland for a tune-up.

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