Car Maintenance, Service

3 Reasons to Rotate Your Tires Regularly

Tire Rotation | Bangor, ME

Rotating the tires is one of the easiest — yet most important — things you can do to keep your vehicle operating smoothly and safely. Here’s a look at three reasons why you should make sure tire rotation is part of your regular car maintenance schedule.

It extends the life of your tires

A vehicle’s weight is distributed unevenly, and that means the tires wear unevenly, too. Rotating your tires regularly will help their tread wear more evenly, allow them to last longer, and save you money.

It keeps you safe behind the wheel

Unevenly worn tires can make your vehicle handle unsafely. For example, your front wheels will wear more quickly because they bear more weight, handle the steering, and receive power (if your vehicle is front-wheel drive). Without regular rotations, the tires you rely on most will wear out the fastest, providing less control when you need it.

It helps your car perform more efficiently

When your tires wear unevenly, it forces your car to work harder and burn more fuel. Evenly worn tires, on the other hand, help your vehicle run more effectively and save you money at the pump. Consult your vehicle’s manual for recommendations on how often to get your tires rotated. When it’s time, stop in at Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor — our expert staff will be happy to perform this essential service for you.

Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Models, Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Colorado and Silverado Named Best Trucks for Families by U.S. News

2019 Chevrolet Truck Lineup | Bangor, ME
Chevrolet Truck Lineup

If you’re in the market for a new Chevy truck, you might be considering the 2019 Colorado and Silverado 1500. Now, you have just one more reason to bring either of these bad boys home — they ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the “Best Trucks for Families in 2019.”

The 2019 Colorado earned the judges’ recognition for its variety of engine options, as well as its advanced tech, smooth performance, and comfortable interior. It also offers one of the roomiest standard box sizes in the compact truck segment, yielding a maximum cargo capacity of 49.9 cubic feet. It will easily accommodate your family’s possessions on a road trip.

The Colorado also puts forth three key infotainment assets: Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Bluetooth® audio streaming. That way, you and your loved ones can stay in touch with contacts while enjoying the latest apps, games, and playlists.

The full-sized Silverado 1500 truck also captured the critics’ praise for its own array of family-friendly amenities. Chevy has endowed this truck with advanced driver-assist tech such as Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to enhance your crew’s safety on each journey. And the brand’s exclusive Teen Driver feature will allow you to monitor your teens’ driving habits even when you’re not able to accompany them in person.

Celebrate these models’ recent awards when you bring your family to Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor to test drive them.

Car Maintenance, Service

5 Indicators that Show You Need New Tires

New Tires | Bangor, ME

Purchasing a new set of tires is costly, but you can save money, time, and your life when you know the warning signs that indicate you need new tires. No matter the season, tires play an integral role in the life of your vehicle. Here is how you can know it is time to purchase a new set.

The penny test

This tried and true method of measuring your tire’s tread is just as easy as it sounds. You can place a penny upside down in the tread blocks of the tire to see how low the tread is. If you can’t see Lincoln’s head, then you’re within the recommended 2/32 of an inch of tread left on your tires. If you see his head, your tires need special attention.

The shakes

If your vehicle is vibrating or shaking at typical speeds of 40-55 mph, schedule an inspection at Quirk Chevrolet of Bangor. Your shock absorbers may be on the fritz or your wheels could use an alignment as well.

Outside bulging

When the outside wall of your tire starts to bulge or tear, that is a cause for concern. Known simply as weak spots, these bulges and blisters could cause a blowout on the road.

What tread?

Bald tires can reduce your car’s ability to gain any traction. Road conditions like wet snow or gravel can be disastrous.

Spare tire problems

Spare tires are not permanent solutions, as they don’t work for everyday driving. While they are one of the best lifelines your vehicle can carry, you must get a replacement as soon as possible.

If you need new tires, find new ones at Quirk Chevrolet of Bangor.

Chevrolet Models

2019 Chevrolet Equinox: The Modern Family SUV

2019 Chevrolet Equinox | Bangor, ME

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is a crossover that meets the needs of the modern family. Technology, comfort, and space are standard amenities that any pack can depend on.

Interior

Seating for five passengers and upscale upholstery make the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox a solid choice for families. Innovative technologies, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, add to the family-friendly versatility of the Chevrolet Equinox.

It also features an expansive 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat. The cargo area is easily accessible thanks to the available hands-free liftgate.

Safety

A variety of available safety systems prevent drivers of the 2019 Equinox from getting themselves into dangerous situations. Rear Seat Reminder alerts drivers to check the backseat with audible chimes and a message on the touch-screen display. Teen Driver technology allows parents to keep an eye on their young driver’s habits on the road.

Performance

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox tackles the open road with three available engine options. Its standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower and averages 32 highway mpg.*

When upgrading to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, drivers get 252 horsepower. A maximum towing capacity of 2,500 pounds adds to the capability and versatility of the Equinox.

The available 1.6-liter Turbo-Diesel engine adds more capability to an already competent SUV. On top of that, this engine achieves 39 highway mpg.**

Test-drive the 2019 Chevy Equinox at Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor.

*EPA-estimated 26 MPG city/32 highway on 1.5L FWD models.

**EPA-estimated 39 MPG highway for 1.6L Diesel FWD models.

Car Maintenance, Service

Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips

spring vehicle maintenance

Punxsutawney didn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day, which means spring is coming early. Transition your Chevrolet or Cadillac from the cold winter weather with these easy spring vehicle maintenance tasks.

Oil and fluids

Doing an oil change at least twice a year is necessary in optimizing your car’s future performance. The end of winter is a perfect time for the first one, as the cold temperatures take its toll on your engine. Check your other fluids — including the coolant and brake fluid — to see if they are at the right level.

Wipers

Whether you use winter wiper blades or your current pair is worn, replace them and refill your washer fluid. Spring is the rainiest season of the year, and fresh blades will improve your visibility.

Tires

Inspect your tires for damage, leaks, cracks, and low tread. Spring rain creates slippery roads, so you need the best traction from your tires. If you use winter tires, switch them out for your all-season tires. The soft rubber on your car’s winter tires doesn’t play well with warmer weather.

Lights

Check your car’s lights, including the headlights, taillights, turn signals, and fog lights. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.

If you do not have the time or need assistance with your vehicle, schedule a service appointment at Quirk Chevrolet Cadillac of Bangor.

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