Are You Just Wasting Gas When Warming Up Your Car?

2016 Chevy Traverse

Warming up your Traverse or other vehicle may be a waste of time on trips longer than a few minutes.

 

It’s an age old question that many mechanics are unable to answer: should you warm up your car? Although people in colder climates have to worry about this issue more, people in places like California still have to consider the importance of warming up your car.

So does it matter? Well, the truth is that it does and it doesn’t. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, warming up your car was more important when most cars came with carburetors; however, most modern cars (built after 1990) have electronic fuel injection. With this innovative technical advancement, warming up your car might just be a waste of gas.

It is important if you have a carbureted car because it can increase efficiency by making the engine hotter; however, it’s not absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, there are some situations you should consider giving your car 30 seconds or so, like if you’re planning on driving for less than five minutes. If the engine doesn’t have enough time to get hot and evaporate water in the system, it can build up and cause serious problems.

In conclusion, only warm up your car if you’re not planning on driving very far. Otherwise, it may just be a waste of gas.

Digital Steering Assist is One of Many New Silverado HD Upgrades

Chevy is adding some cool features to the Silverado HD, including a new Digital Steering Assist feature. Giving drivers more control than ever, this advanced feature is designed to integrate seamlessly to give you an enjoyable, and safe, ride.

Chevy Silverado

New to the Chevy Silverado HD is Digital Steering Assist.

According to Chevy, the Digital Steering Assist feature improves road holding and stability, whether you’re loaded down or not. It also offers improved responsiveness and an improved steering-feel thanks to its ability to integrate an advanced computer system to the steering. It is available on Silverado HD double cab and crew cap models.

“Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks are engineered to make the toughest jobs easier, and new technologies for 2016 complement features such as integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control,” said Chevy in a release.

Other new features include phone integration and a fifth-wheel package, all of which lead the updates to this new model. Phone integration works with MyLink to give you increases connectivity, as well as optional wireless charging. The fifth-wheel feature is a great prep package for serious towers and haulers. Check out the Silverado HD, in stock today at DeLillo Chevrolet!

Prepare for a Safe Fall BBQ with These Grilling Safety Tips

Grilling Safety Tips

Avoid burnt burgers and much worse with these grilling safety tips.

As summer tumbles into fall, another season of BBQs and picnics picks up at full force. While there are few things more relaxing than preparing a delicious grilled meal, grills can provide their own unique hazards.

To stay safe this season, check out these simple grilling safety tips:

• Never use a propane grill or charcoal grill inside; always set them up outside.
• Be sure not to place your grill too near your home, plants, or any other flammable objects.
• Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case, and make sure that those in the grill’s present are aware of your safety plan.
• Never leave a hot grill unattended, and be sure to keep children and pets away from the grill at all times.
• Be sure to thoroughly read the instruction manual for your specific grill, so that you’re aware of any necessary safety specifics.

Do you have any other grilling safety tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

New 2016 Chevy Camaro Details Announced, Including Pricing

The current 2015 Chevy Camaro is one of the most popular vehicles on the market, so it’s no surprise that the arrival of the 2016 Camaro has been heavily anticipated. Thankfully, Chevrolet released some new 2016 Chevy Camaro details earlier this month.

The largest announcement has been the price of the 2016 Camaro – which will reportedly be $26,695, a reasonable but notable jump from the 2015 model’s price of $24,700.

With all the upgrades and new features the 2016 Camaro will have, this price increase seems more than fair. The new model will be more powerful and should boast better fuel efficiency than its predecessor and have all the latest tech features.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro details announced

The Chevy Camaro is back and sporty as ever in 2016.

A good number of the 2016 Camaro’s features are still in the dark, but we do know that the model will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

What do you think of all these new 2016 Chevy Camaro details? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Check our inventory for more information on current Camaro specs

How to Keep Your Car Battery Working for Longer

Car batteries can be expensive, and replacing them isn’t a fun chore. Here are some simple tips and tricks to keep your car battery working for longer.

Perform regular battery maintenance. Once a month check the battery terminals for corrosion buildup. This buildup blocks the current from easily passing from the battery to the cables, and can become bad enough that the car doesn’t start at all. Use a screwdriver or pliers to clear away buildup, and wipe down dirt and debris found on the battery casing.

Car Battery

It’s important to perform regular maintenance on and take care of your car battery to keep it working for longer.

Avoid short trips in the winter. People who live in particularly harsh winter climates should be especially vigilant about driving their cars regularly, and not just for super-short drives. Instead of driving to the grocery store around the corner and home again, combine several errands into one trip as often as possible. Short trips don’t allow your car’s battery to fully recharge the energy it lost when you started the car.

Install an insulation blanket. This is something worth considering if you live in areas that see extreme heat or cold. An insulation blanket helps keep a car battery warm in the winter and cool in the summer, helping to extend its useable life.

For more tips, visit news.discovery.com.

Make an appointment with  DeLillo Chevrolet’s Service Department today to have your car’s battery tested. Our experts will help you decide if it’s time for a new battery, or just a good cleaning.

SuperLift Your GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado to New Heights

2015 Chevy Colorado

Wouldn’t this 2015 Chevy Colorado look nice if it were lifted?

The midsize Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon made a statement when they arrived in dealerships this year. Refined, capable, and modern, the pickups offered something others don’t – a small footprint and better fuel economy. Now, owners have a new option for lifting their 2015 Canyon or Colorado thanks to the experts at SuperLift.

SuperLift has released its new Level-It 2-Inch system, which will be available to lift the 2WD and 4WD 2015 Canyon and Colorado. According to GM Authority, the Level-It system uses laser-cut upper strut spacers and a lower pre-strut ring to increase the pickup’s stability and prevent a body roll. The kit is easy to install thanks to the fact that all necessary hardware is included, along with its 100 percent bolt-on procedure. Just be aware, you’ll need a coil spring compressor to properly install it.

The kit both makes the truck more stable, and gives it a more aggressive look and taller stance. If you decide to sell your truck, it’s easy to remove the kit.

Other kits are also available, so do your research to find the right fit for your needs. Here at DeLillo Chevrolet, we like the bold look of the lifted Colorado and Canyon. What other modifications have you made to your Colorado or Canyon? Tell us in the comments!