Getting The Best Shine

Taking care of your vehicle is important, both inside and out. We all know to keep up with our regularly scheduled maintenance for our beloved Chevy or GMC vehicle. But what about the outside?

Waxing is a very important step in maintaining the outer appearance of your car or truck. This keeps your vehicle looking fresh, clean and up-kept. There’s nothing more refreshing than looking out and seeing that glorious shine on your ride. Others take notice too when it’s done correctly. How does one apply wax in the correct way? We will give you a few tips.

First, and most important, is where you wax. You shouldn’t do this outside if all possible. If you do not have a garage or carport, try to keep it under shade. The sun will cause the wax to harden too fast. Additionally, never wax in extreme temperatures of hot and cold.

Second, apply the wax according to the type. If you have a paste wax, apply a small amount to a sponge first. If you’re using a liquid wax, apply in a narrow straight line directly onto the area to be waxed. In either types, it is important to remember not to use excess amounts of wax. Extra wax will only build up and harden into a look you do not want. Do not try to wax the entire car at once. Do this in stages or small sections.

Buffing is the step most people can get wrong. You can’t use any old towel, t-shirt or rag for this job. To get the best look, and to avoid scratching your paint, use a microfiber or terrycloth towel. These are not too expensive and can be found at any auto supply store. Always buff in a circular motion. If you want an extra shine, use a double layer of wax. Allow the first coat to cure and buff it out. Then repeat.

If your vehicle has streaks, use a spray bottle filled with water and ½ teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol. Spray this on and wipe with a clean cloth. We hope you use these fantastic tips from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

May Service Specials

The weather is heating up and that means it’s time to take care of your car or truck before the worst of it arrives. You don’t want to be stranded in the hot sun with engine problems or a dead battery. Make sure it’s all checked now at your friendly local Newnan car dealer. We have money-saving coupons for the services you need to keep you and your family safe on the road.

As always at SouthTowne Motors, you can bring your vehicle in and have the battery tested for free. They not only test the battery for juice, they visually inspect the battery for any other problems as well. They will be the first to tell you if it needs replacing or if there are any other issues with cables or wires. In addition to this free service, they also perform free brake checks. They inspect the drums, hoses, brake material and connections to make sure you are safe.

We are no strangers to oil changes. Every few months, we all need this essential maintenance performed. If you find yourself coming up on this crucial time, or perhaps you may be a few miles over already, come on in and let the service team help you out. They will drain the oil, replace it with up to five quarts of synthetic oil, and replace the filter. For this fantastic service, the service department is offering a $5 off coupon for this service on the website.

Has your Newnan Chevy been flashing the engine light at you recently? Never fear. SouthTowne is here. Just bring it in to our guys and let them run a free engine diagnostic check. They will check for any faulty codes in the system as well as analyze the data. If they find something that needs to be addressed, they will speak with you before performing any services.

There are a few other great coupons on the website under the service tab such as $5 off a service over $50. Be sure to print yours out before heading to see the best service department in town. They will be happy to assist you in any way they can. We look forward to seeing you for your automotive needs at SouthTowne Motors.

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Tire Tips

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Tire safety is often overlooked. It’s important to be tire smart by educating yourself now. Did you know that over 250,000 accidents take place yearly simply due to an under-inflated tire? Don’t be a statistic. Heed these tire tips from your Newnan car dealer.

Correct tire pressure could save you and your family’s lives. By locating the PSI sticker on your car, usually on the inside of the driver’s door, you can inflate to the exact PSI recommended for each tire. It can also be found in your owner’s manual. Check your tires once a month and always before leaving for a long trip. Wait up to three hours to make sure your tires are cool in order to get the correct PSI. Over 50% of cars and small trucks have at least one under inflated tire.

If your tires are under inflated, this will create excess heat and could lead to a blowout. Not to mention, if you have under inflated tires, it can actually lead to higher fuel costs to you by as much as five cents per gallon. On the fipside, if you over inflate them, this only weakens your tires and makes them susceptible to road damage and handling issues. Never over load your vehicle. Your tires do have weight limits. Overcapacity is the second cause of tire failure.

Perform a tread test by taking a penny and placing it upside down into your tire tread groove. If you see Lincoln’s head is completely covered by the tread, then you have the correct amount of tread. If you can see all of his head, now is the time to purchase a new tire. Making sure you have enough tread is important to your vehicle’s traction. This is particularly important during bad weather. Tires with the correct amount of tread will hold up resistance to hydroplaning.

Make sure your car is properly aligned. If you feel that your steering is starting to pull slightly to one side while driving straight, this is a sign you need to go and get your car realigned. If you’re not aligned correctly this cause’s uneven tire wear. Especially check your alignment if you have been in a collision or if you’re continuously driving on rough and jarring roads.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you check your tires. Happy driving from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

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Spring Auto Care Tips

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It’s been a long and cold winter across the country — even here in Georgia — and that means you probably didn’t care as much for your vehicle as you would in warmer months. With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to prepare your vehicle for all of the road trips and adventures spring has in store.

Wash the Exterior

Ice, mud, salt and snow can do a lot of damage on your vehicle’s exterior. Now that it’s getting warmer, you’ll need to thoroughly hand wash your vehicle to clear away all of the winter time road grime. To maintain your vehicle’s rust-free exterior, hand wash it every two to three weeks.

Detail the Interior

All of the salt and mud that’s affecting the exterior of your vehicle was probably dragged inside on the bottom of your shoes. Use a stiff brush on your mats and soft interior fabrics (not leather) to bring those dirt particles to the surface, then vacuum them away.

Change the Oil

Winter makes us all a little lethargic, and that means even some of the smallest maintenance chores go unfinished. Bring your vehicle by SouthTowne Motors for an oil change and tune up this spring to help keep your engine clean and properly lubricated. Keeping what’s under the hood of your vehicle in top condition is far more important than the outside, so be sure to change your oil roughly every 3,000 miles.

Check Your Wiper Blades

The cold winter elements can do a number on your wiper blades, and when you try to use them in the spring rain, you may notice they’ve gotten brittle over the past few month. This low-cost finish to your vehicle’s exterior is a small touch that can help you get where you’re going safely.

Bring Your Vehicle by SouthTowne Motors

Here at SouthTowne Motors, your local Atlanta car dealership, we offer all of the services you need to keep your Atlanta car in top shape and have it shining like new this spring. And if you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, come browse our lot six days-a-week and we’ll ensure you drive away in the affordable, reliable and stylish car of your dreams.

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December Service Specials

SouthTowne Motors in Newnan understands that during the holiday, we all need a little extra help where we can get it. Especially when it comes to stretching our money. If you are in need of any services or parts during the season, visit their friendly service department at any time for some great deals.

No one likes the dreaded check engine light. Well, never fear. SouthTowne is here. They will run a free diagnostic check on your vehicle to see what the problem might be. They test the system for any fault codes and analyze the data flow. After they are finished diagnosing the problem, they reset the system and clear any old codes. They then discuss the issues with you before proceeding to correct them.

Oil changes can cost a lot, especially if you have an engine that takes synthetic oil. Fortunately, there is a handy $5 off coupon on their website under the service tab. This coupon entitles you to an oil change where they drain the old oil, change the filter and replace it with up to five quarts of synthetic blend oil. They do charge a bit more for diesel but still service them just the same.

If you are in the market for some new tires, SouthTowne is your place. When you purchase a new complete set of tires, they will also mount and balance them for free. This way you save money on labor which can get costly. This applies to conventional tires only. Any other additional type of tire has an extra cost.

During the winter, you want to make sure your brakes are working properly. If you have starting hearing grinding or your brakes are feeling sluggish, bring your vehicle in for a free brake inspection. They will inspect them for friction material, caliper operation, check the drums, rotors, hoses and even the connections. They will even check that your parking brake isn’t damaged and works like it should. There is no better way to make sure you are safe on the road than with a free brake system check-up.

So when you need service, keep SouthTowne Motors in mind. We don’t just sell great new and used cars. We have an outstanding service department, too.

Anti-Lock Brakes

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We all take for granted the little pieces of our vehicles that work without our asking. There are certain parts that we’re not exactly sure how they work… we just rely on the fact that they do.

One such system are the anti-lock brakes. We are all familiar with seeing the ABS symbol light up when we crank our Chevy car or truck, but what does this symbol stand for and what is the purpose of anti-lock brakes?

Anti-lock brakes allow the wheels on a vehicle to maintain contact with the road and prevents the wheels from ceasing rotation. The anti-lock brake system was first conceived for use on aircraft vessels in France in 1929. In 1958, the Maxaret anti-lock brakes were tested and used on a Royal Enfield Super Meteor motorcycle. The first completely electronic system was established in the late 1960s for the Concorde aircraft.

Chrysler introduced their ABS called the ‘Sure Brake’ for their Imperial car in 1971. Ford also added their version of it called the ‘Sure-track’ to the Lincoln Continentals. Not long after, General Motors came out with their ‘Trackmaster’ option for certain Cadillac vehicles as well as the Oldsmobile Toronado. By 1988, BMW presented the very first motorcycle with the new electronic-hydraulic ABS.

There are a few things you should know about using the anti-lock brake system. If you feel the need to quickly apply brakes and are not familiar with ABS, keep your foot on the brake. There will be a bit of either pressure or a pulsating feeling when the system has engaged. You may hear grinding or noises coming from your car. Do not be alarmed.

It is also very important that you do not pump your brakes if you have an anti-lock brake system. Practice driving with the ABS. It is important for you to understand how the system feels when you engage it and how to react to it. Remember that you can steer when you are braking.

We hope this information and tips for anti-lock brakes help you in the future. Please pass on this information since it can help everyone who drives a vehicle. If you need your system checked for functionality, stop by SouthTowne Motors service department. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Car Care Tips for Fall

Keeping your car in top-notch condition is something we all strive to do. We are not all mechanics, but there are still some tips and tricks you can do yourself to help keep your ride ready for the cooler months ahead.

Change your wiper blades. This is a simple and affordable way to prepare for the rainy autumn months and they are easy to install. Windshield wiper solvents and weather break them down. Having a fresh set of wiper blades keeps them ready for heavy rain or snow. Make sure you check your car’s manual for the appropriate size.

Check the spare tire. You never know when you might be caught with a flat. No one wants to be out in the cold longer than they have to be, especially in an emergency situation. Make sure the tire is at proper pressure and that you can get to it without hassle. If you own a truck, the spare might be under the vehicle attached by a cable. Check this cable to see that it works properly.

Check and top off all of your fluids. This should be done on a regular basis anyway. But if you only check them occasionally, be sure all of your fluids are where they should be. Check the antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering, oil and windshield wiper fluids. The most important one to check is your antifreeze since it is imperative for colder weather.

Air filters need replacing at least twice a year as a general rule of thumb. Having a dirty air filter not only effects the quality of air you breathe in, it can cause your fuel economy and performance to decrease. It will also deteriorate your emissions until the filter is replaced.

Be sure all of your lights and battery terminals are in working order. If you notice any loose cables or corrosion, gently brush the wires with the appropriate brush and reconnect the wires. If you notice any lights are burned out or not working, replace the bulbs. Most will be fairly inexpensive with the exception of the headlight bulbs.

All of these things can be done with minimal knowledge and simple tools. If you are ever in doubt, bring your car in to the helpful staff at SouthTowne Motors. We will get you ready and back on the road in no time.

Saving Your Transmission

Everyone wants to maintain the lifespan of their Chevy’s transmission, but few rarely give it a second thought. Your transmission is a complicated system in your vehicle and can end up costing you a lot of money without proper care. Below are a few tips and tricks to extend the life of your precious engine components to get the most out of your investment.

Take it easy on your transmission. Did you know that heat is your transmission’s worst enemy and that overheating is the main reason for failures? The secret is to control the temperature of your transmission fluid. This is where you come in. Be sure to check and change the fluid regularly. Having it serviced by a trained specialist once a year is a good idea.

A lot of people don’t realize that transmission check-up is usually not included in your normal service. You need to make sure to ask for the automatic transmission to be serviced. Do this at least every 15,000 miles or 15 months, whichever comes first.

Allow your car to warm up in colder weather. Start your car let it run for 30 to 60 seconds to get all of the fluids moving, then start to drive it gently. This will allow your engine to warm up faster letting the exhaust system get up to a higher temperature for the catalytic converter to do its job. This is especially true for older vehicles.

Be cautious about bumping into curbs when parking. This causes a brief heavier load on the front wheel drive shaft of the transmission’s transaxle. Don’t put unnecessary stresses on it that can be easily avoided by a change in driving behaviors. This simple yet small act could help extend the life of your transmission.

Never drive your vehicle with the transmission fluid below the line or when fluid is leaking. This is one of the biggest reasons why transmissions begin to slip. If you’ve noticed red fluid in your drive way or parking spot at work, don’t neglect this issue.

Take your car in for a detailed look at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Ga. Spotting and fixing problems early will save you money in the long run. With proper servicing, the transmission in your Chevrolet should last well over 100,000 miles without needing any major costly repairs. If you need transmission service in Newnan, come see us today!

Fuel Injection History

Most engines these days are what the industry calls fuel-injected. If you are not car savvy, you overlook this detail with a shrug and move on down the list of more exciting and tangible features for the vehicle in question. But what does fuel-injected mean? Maybe we should stop and do a little reading on what this engine does and where it came from. Are there better options? Has there ever been another option?

The fuel-injected engine became the primary fuel delivery system during the 1980s and they replaced having the need for a carburetor. The main difference in these two engine types is that the fuel injection system forcefully pumps gas through a small nozzle which is under high pressure. The carburetor relies on suction to draw fuel into the airstream.

Even though many modernized vehicle engines didn’t see this technology until the 1980s, the Germans had dabbled into it during World War II in their fighter aircraft. But, even earlier than that, around the turn of the 20th century, a man by the name of Herbert Akroyd Stuart created the first system that closely resembles what we have today.

By the 1920s, this system was used mainly for diesel engines. During the 1950s, Chevrolet began working on their fuel injection system as well. Their take on the invention was to meter the flow of fuel by a collection of injection lines instead of just a “pulse” used by other developers. This allowed their engines to adjust the flow of fuel according to the load and speed of the vehicle.

Not much changed from the 1950s until the 1980s when the first fully digital electronic fuel injection system was invented. Electronic fuel injection mixes an appropriate amount of fuel and air in an internal combustion engine. This has become the standard of many vehicles and is still used today. It has almost completely replaced the need for a carburetor.

One major advantage of having a fuel-injected engine is that you get better fuel economy and more power. The car also produces less carbon-based emissions and drives smoother than one with a carburetor.

If you have questions about these engines, our friendly staff will gladly help you. At SouthTowne Motors, we are your Newnan car dealer and expert!

Extending the Life of Your Brakes

Changing your brakes is inevitable. The grinding or squeaking sound your brakes give off is a clear indicator that you need to change them. But let’s try to keep them from making that sound as long as possible.

Here are a few tips and tricks to extend the life of your brakes from SouthTowne Motors, your Newnan car dealer.

Speeding destroys your brakes

Stopping hard from high speeds is the number one killer of brakes. Even speeding just a little will shorten the lifespan of your brakes. Braking at high speeds forces the brakes to dissipate one-third more energy, which causes heat due to friction when applied. This can drastically reduce the life of your brake pads. The extreme clamping force needed for a last second brake can also crack your braking pads. Simply being mindful of your speed can add months to the lifespan of your brakes.

Don’t ride the brakes

Avoid riding the brakes, especially when coasting down hills. This could possibly be the worst thing to do when trying to expand the life of your brakes. The best method is to alternate between coasting and braking, giving the brakes a chance to cool off so they won’t over heat and cause faster deterioration of the brake pads. The more coasting you do, the longer your friction materials are going to last.

Get them flushed

The brake fluids need to be changed periodically. Most mechanics call it bleeding and flushing. This can be extremely beneficial if you have an older vehicle, or if you purchased one used. By flushing the brake fluids, it will make the internal components last longer and the brakes function better. The older the brake fluid is, the higher the moisture content is within the fluid. Old brake fluid can result in failure of the wheel cylinders and brake calipers.

Get inspected

Everything wears over time and your brakes are no exception. Having a regular brake inspection performed will make it easier to note problems before they develop. The brakes will be able to tell you a lot about your car, for instance if your wheel alignment is off. It is important to get on a regular maintenance schedule with your car.

If it is time, however, for your Chevy brakes to be replaced or inspected, head south of Atlanta and come see us at SouthTowne Motors!