Car Tips, Chevrolet, Maintenance

Bad Alternator Signs

Quirk Chevrolet | Portland, ME

The alternator is an important part of your vehicle. It keeps your car battery charged. If it stops working, you won’t be able to start the engine, or it will turn itself off after a few minutes. However, before it reaches that stage, there are some warning signs of a failing alternator.

Dead Battery

Most of the time, a dead battery is just a dead battery. However, sometimes, the battery dies because the alternator is going bad. One way to tell is to get a jumpstart. If your car starts and stays running, it is most likely a battery issue. However, if your car stops running again shortly after the jumpstart, it could be your alternator.

Inconsistent Lights

In addition to charging the battery, the alternator also powers your car’s electronic accessories. If it is starting to fail, you may notice lights that are either too dim or too bright. You might also see flickering or erratic lights.

Malfunctioning Accessories

Your car’s power windows are controlled by the alternator. If you notice it is taking longer than usual to go up or down or your electronic indicators are going haywire, this is a good sign your alternator is going bad.

Battery Warning Light

If you see a warning light that is in the shape of a car battery, this is a good indication that something is wrong with the electrical system, including the alternator.

If you notice any of these signs, have your vehicle’s alternator serviced at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland in Portland, Maine.

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The Differences Between the 2021 Equinox & Blazer

2021 Chevrolet Blazer vs Equinox | Portland, ME

The 2021 Chevrolet lineup is packed to the gills with high-quality vehicles designed for families just like yours in Portland, ME. Two of the most popular options are the Equinox and the Blazer. To help you decide which model is the right fit for your family, here are some of the most important differences between these stellar SUVs.

Dimensions

While neither the 2021 Equinox nor Blazer is quite as enormous as something like the Tahoe or Suburban, they’re not short on comfort. Both models offer comfortable seating for up to five, but the Blazer boasts more overall passenger volume thanks to its larger body. In terms of cargo volume, there’s virtually no difference between the two, as the Blazer offers up to 64.2 cubic feet and the Equinox provides 63.9.

Design

This is one area where the dynamic duo show their unique personalities. The 2021 Blazer is a stone-cold stunner, with a low, athletic stance, an imposing grille, and a body defined by delicate curves and aggressive angles. On the other hand, the Equinox is more understated. Its body is smoother, its accents are a bit more subtle, and its presence is less intimidating overall. Both look great, just in different ways.

Powertrains

If you want something that packs a serious punch under the hood, the Blazer is your best bet. It offers three engine options, including a 3.6-liter V6 that belts out 308 horsepower. All of them outperform the Equinox’s single powertrain, a 1.5-liter turbo that tops out at 170 horsepower. The trade pays off big-time at the gas pump, as the Equinox can achieve up to 31 mpg on the highway.*

The good news is that there’s no way to go wrong when choosing between the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox and Blazer. To see which one is your perfect match, swing by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland for a few test drives.

Sonic, Vehicle Awards

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Named a Best Car for Recent Grads by US News

2020 Chevrolet Sonic | Portland, ME

US News & World Report, one of the most trusted voices in the auto industry, recently named the 2020 Chevy Sonic to its list of Best Cars for Recent Graduates. US News said the editors compiled their list based on reliability and safety, as well as an affordable sticker price and low cost of ownership.

The Sonic is small, making it easy to drive in the city and maneuver in and out of tight parking spaces, but it’s also spacious on the inside. It offers ample legroom, as well as a roomy cargo area of 47.7 cubic feet — a rarity among other models in the compact car segment.

US News also stated that the Sonic is “surprisingly fun to drive” despite its small size and low MSRP, so if you’re looking for a car that combines peppy performance with practicality, it’s a great choice. It doesn’t hurt that it’s super fuel-efficient, with the current model’s turbocharged engine delivering up to 34 mpg on the highway.*

You also get impressive versatility with the Sonic. Available in both hatchback and sedan styles, the Sonic has options for your driving needs and your style. Packed with smart tech like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, the 2020 Sonic delivers the features young drivers want without breaking the bank.

To learn more about why the Chevrolet Sonic is a phenomenal car for recent grads, feel free to peruse our online inventory at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland.

*EPA estimated.

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Chevrolet, Silverado 1500

All about the New Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Upcoming Trucks

new Chevrolet Silverado

Pickup truck enthusiasts have a next-generation model to look forward to. Chevrolet has redesigned the Silverado 1500 for the 2019 model year with a bigger cabin, further capability, and additional features.

Engine variety

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers many different engine choices, ranging from the standard V6 to the powerful 6.2-liter V8 to the Duramax® turbo-diesel engine option. This enables drivers to find an engine that best suits their lifestyle. When properly equipped with the right engine and additional equipment, the Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,200 pounds.

More space

Expanding on its size form the previous year, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is the ideal choice for families with its Crew Cab. All of these design elements come together, allowing passengers to stretch out. The spacious amount of room is also evident with the optimized in-cabin storage under the rear seats and in the spacious center console.

Technology

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers plenty of smartphone integration to match the high-tech touchscreen for the infotainment system. An In-Vehicle Trailering System is available for drivers who want the reassurance and improved safety of integrated trailer diagnostics and monitoring tools.

Keep an eye out for upcoming releases from Chevrolet such as the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD. For the time being, stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland for our current stock of new Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks.

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