Blind Zones, Where Are Yours

Blind zones are serious business. All drivers have them. All cars have them. Do you know where your blind spots are? How often do you check them? How many times have you been driving down the road, check your mirrors and make your move only to have a horn blared at you because you moved directly into the path of a car that was in your blind spot.

The video below was originally aired on the CBS News and discusses the dangers of not recognizing your blind zones. The video shows clearly how blind zones work against you.

Every trip out in your vehicle can result in a scenario that you may not have been prepared for, such as not paying attention to your blind spot and becoming a road hazard. Don’t just rely on your mirrors. Turn you head over your shoulder and physically look at on coming traffic to make sure the coast is clear. The problem with not understanding where your blind spots are means that you might be bringing your Buick, GMC, Chevrolet or Cadillac in from some body work before your know it.

Why You Always Wear Your Seatbelt

Driving into the GM dealership today I saw 3 drivers who weren’t wearing their seat belts. I’m still shocked every time I see this. I mean, you wouldn’t get on a roller coaster without them strapping you in, right? So, why would you drive without one? Well think about the physics of driving. Let’s say that you are driving at 60 mph and aren’t wearing your seat belt. For what ever reason, the car in front of you is at a dead stop, and because you were eating a donut, or texting on your cell phone you don’t see the stopped car until at all. You slam into the back of the car in front of you and what happens. Constant velocity is what happens. Your  car may stop moving, but since you aren’t strapped to you vehicle, you don’t. Here’s a video that demonstrates constant velocity.

Now here’s a crash test both done both with and without restraints. Pay particular attention to the head of the dummy.

Finally, here is a PSA that really drives home the importance of wearing your seat belt. Remember, it’s not just you that will feel the impact should you be involved in an accident without wearing your seat belt, but it’s also your family and friends.

There’s no excuse not to wear your seat belt while driving around in your Atlanta GM vehicle. It takes 2 seconds to put it on, but it can cause a lifetime of pain if you don’t. Wear your seat belt Atlanta.

When Is It Time To Replace Your Brake Pads

What is the most important safety feature in you Atlanta GM? No, it’s not your air bags, it’s your brakes. In this case, specifically, your brake pads. Brake pads gradually wear down as the brakes are applied repeatedly over thousands of miles, this in turn will gradually decrease your ability to slow and stop your vehicle effectively and efficiently. Not being a qualified GM mechanic yourself, how do you know when it’s time to change your brake pads?

­The good news is that you don’t have to be a mechanic to know when your brake pads are wearing down. In fact, it’s not that difficult to determine when your Atlanta GM needs some brake work. The disc brakes on your car are equipped with a wear indicator which is an auditory indicator, meaning that it emits a noise that you can hear while applying your brakes.  Basically, a wear indicator is a small piece of metal attached to the brake pad that actually makes contact with the brake rotor when the pad is worn down to the indication level. that squealing you her when you slow down or bring your car to a stop is the indicator grinding against the rotor. This is the auditory signal I was referring to which alerts you that it’s time to have your brakes checked out.

Let me put it this way, if you hear that squeal, you are going to want to have your brakes checked out ASAP. Noisy brakes aren’t something to mess around with. If you think you are hearing this squeal, bring your car into your Atlanta GM service experts at the Southowne General Motors Superstore, and we’ll take a look at it. Chances are you are going to need new pads. This is something you can do at home, but we recommend that you have a professional mechanic do the job if you are uncertain about the changing process.

Atlanta GM Dealer, What Is Anti-freeze And Do I Have A Leak

“This lime green stuff my mechanic pours into the radiator?” Sure. We’ll go with that. This “Lime-Green Stuff” is essential to both protection against freezing and dissipating the heat generated by your engine. Temperatures can get very hot in an an engine. Engine coolant, also known as anti-freeze, is used to regulate those extreme temperatures. The reason we use a combination of water and anti-freeze is to both raise the boiling point and lower the freezing point.

How would you know if you had a radiator leak? The first signs will be a pool of coolant under your engine. However, many leaks can be slow and nearly unnoticeable.

IF you think you mat have a coolant leak, you’ll want to get that checked out ASAP. A very small leak can turn to a very large problem very quickly. Call the Southtowne General Motors Superstore and set up an appointment and let your Atlanta GM dealer take a look at it.

Atlanta GM Dealer, Boss Is Gone And I Put An 11 Yr. Old In Charge

 

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So, back the title “I Put An 11 Yr. Old In Charge” during my vacation. His name is Jake and he is the son of an acquaintance and customer of mine. Handsome kid…kind of like yours truly. He had such a nice disposition and charisma, that I knew that he’d be an eye catching addition to some of our commercials. He was so good, in fact, that it was because of him that we decided to do a “Boss is Gone Sale” and young Jake would be our spokesperson. Check it out below…This kid is good.

You know the old adage, “When the Cat is away, the mice will play”? Well that’s what you’ve got going one right now. It’s a great time to get even lower prices than your thought on your favorite Atlanta Buicks, GMCs, Chevrolets and Cadillacs before the boss (me) gets back on Tuesday. You really will have a great time searching for a vehicle in a no pressure environment…and hey, you’d be giving an 11 year old some really good credentials to put on his resume.

Hurry sale ends the Tuesday, the day after Labor Day. See the Southtowne General Motors Super Store while The Boss is gone and save.

Atlanta GM Dealer: Is Changing Your Shocks At 50,000 Necessary

The question of the day from your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, is: Do you really need to change the shocks in your Atlanta GM vehicle ever 50,000 miles? Perusing around various automotive blogs as I usually do, I came across an interesting question about when is the right time to change out the shocks in your vehicles. The question I found is actually a really good one because it sheds light on what the right mileage to actually change out your shocks is:

While watching a baseball game, an ad on the backstop said to change your shocks at 50,000 miles. I realize this national shock-replacement company is trying to sell shocks. What I want to know: Is 50,000 miles a hard and fast number? If not, how does one know when to change the shocks? [source: CarTalk.com]

The short and easy answer is that if you are doing a lot of smooth highway driving, you can probably get away with going much longer than the assumed 50,000 miles. Shock don’t really wear out if they aren’t being used. On the flip side, if you drive a lot on potholed or bumpy roads, you will be working your shocks and suspension system fairly hard. Of course, that will wear them out and probably put you closer to that 50,000 mile limit.

One thing you may not know is that shocks don’t really degrade over time. They’re usually either good or bad, so there’s no need to replace them unless they’ve actually stopped working. That could be at 50,000 miles, or it could be over 100,000 miles. Again it really all depends on the roads you are driving and how much abuse your shocks are taking.

There’s also a practical test you can do at home. You get someone big  to push hard on a corner of the car and get it bouncing down and up, down and up. Then, when it’s at the bottom of its cycle, you let go and see what happens. If the corner of the car comes up and stops, without going down and up again, that shock is good. If the car keeps cycling up and down, even a little bit, after you let go of it, the shock is worn out.

If you suspect that you may need new shocks after performing this test, see the your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore for replacement.

Atlanta GM Dealer: Do You Have A Hole In Your Muffler

Your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore knows that there’s something to be said for the roar of an engine and the loud rumble of a modified exhaust system. Muscle cars back in the day we’re renowned, not only for their power, but also how much noise they would produce. I guess this was an audible show of force.

But, if you know that you didn’t modify your exhaust system and your vehicle sounds like you did, then you may have a muffler problem.  It wasn’t too long ago that this very thing happened to a friend of mine. His car was quite loud!  Interestingly, some people purposefully put holes in their mufflers to achieve a louder car sound. I don’t recommend this at all as your muffle is a key part of your car’s exhaust system. Not only does it reduce noise, but it also prevents exhaust fumes from entering into the passenger compartment of a car. If exhaust is entering  your vehicle then you may be faced with even more problems than just a broken muffler. Fumes from the vehicle can be deadly.  If you suspect you have a broken muffler, here are some things to check out:

  1. Turn your car on and listen for low pitched rhythmic sounds or a rumbling. If you do have a broken muffler it will create a loud exhaust noise.
  2. Inspect your muffler for holes or rust. Rust usually happens from the inside out, and is an indicator that holes are developing.
  3. Look for unusual exhaust smoke. This may be a big cloud when you hit the gas or even a very subtle one.
  4. If you vehicle starts to slowly overheat, this may also be an indication of broken muffler. The exhaust system can affect engine performance.
  5. Check to see if there are any water leaks near the back of the car. This too is an indicator of a hole in the muffler.

If have done the above suggested checks on your vehicle but still are unsure, please schedule an appointment with the service department at the Southtwone General Motors Superstore to get this taken care of right away.

Atlanta GM Dealer: Change Your Own Air Filter

Your Atlanta GM Dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to remind you to check your air filter to both increase performance and gas mileage. It stands to reason that if your engine runs on a combination mixture of fuel, oxygen and fire having a mismatch in that all important propulsion soup is going to cause some serious degradation in the overall feel of your vehicle. An ignored air filter will cost you money in the long run, I can assure you of that.

Even the government has discussed the importance of maintaining a clean air filter at fueleconomy.gov:

A new studyAdobe Acrobat Icon shows that replacing a clogged air filter on cars with fuel-injected, computer-controlled gasoline engines does not improve fuel economy but it can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent. This kind of engine is prevalent on most gasoline cars manufactured from the early 1980s onward.

Tests suggest that replacing a clogged air filter on an older car with a carbureted engine may improve fuel economy 2 to 6 percent under normal replacement conditions or up to 14 percent if the filter is so clogged that it significantly affects drivability.

Remember, the air intake filter shouldn’t be neglected on any car. Further, the conditions you drive in will determine when the repair of the filter will be needed. Work trucks driving in harsh/dirty conditions will obviously need to be replaced more than a filter from a vehicle stored in a garage and driven only around Atlanta.

Changing your air filter is easy and demonstrated in the video below.

See! It’s not that hard. However, if you’d rather not mess around with it, or  have any questions in general, feel free to contact your Atlanta GM Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore and we’d gladly take care of it for your. You’ll see an immediate improvement in the performance and gas mileage immediately following the service.

 

Atlanta GM Dealer: Learn To Change Your Own Oil

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Your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to teach you something that you probably never thought you’d ever do yourself: Change your own oil. In fact, changing your own oil isn’t really as difficult as you may think. It should take you about 30 minutes if you have all of the right tools and supplies.

Tools Required:

  • Wrench to remove drain plug (box end or socket)
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil drain pan
  • Funnel
  • Latex gloves
  • Jack and jack stands or ramps (optional, depends on ground clearance)

Of course you’ll also need oil and a new oil filter. Make sure you purchase the right viscosity for your car. Putting in the wrong oil will damage your engine.

Here is a step by step video from Eric The Car Guy. He shows you exactly what to do, how do do it and how to be safe about it.

More than anything, the basic oil change is a great way to connect with your vehicle and take some control over its maintenance. The time you spend under the hood and under your Atlanta GM affords you an excellent opportunity to look around and see if anything else needs attention. If you find anything else that needs attention, or you just don’t have the confidence to change your own oil, you are always welcome to bring your car into your Atlanta GM Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore

Atlanta Car Dealer: Change Your Spark Plugs For Better Performance

Your Atlanta Car Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants you to think of your spark plugs as the heart of your engine. Their primary purpose is to ignite the fuel/air mixture in your engine which is who your engine generates power. This happens thousands of time a minute. Changing your spark plugs is something you can do at home, but plan for this fix to take a little while, especially if it is your first time. However, changing both your spark plugs and their respective cables will increase performance and gas mileage in your vehicle.

The average spark plug last 10 to 20 thousand miles. High end plugs can last almost 60 thousand miles. If you can’t remember when you had them changed last, it’s probably about time. As our car ages, oil can seep into the cylinder and interfere with the spark plug’s ability to fire and is detrimental to the life of the plug itself. Carbon can also build up on the plug and “foul” it.

In the old days you’d have to adjust the gap, but for modern vehicle you can pretty much just install your new spark plug right out of the box. No adjustment should be needed. Here’s a little tip. Spend a few extra dollars and get a high end set of plugs. Quality spark plugs produce a better spark which will directly affect your engine’s performance and fuel economy.

You should notice a significant improvement in the performance of your Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet. If you are uncertain about performing this simple maintenance, then feel free to contact the Southtowne General Motors Superstore in Atlanta and we an either walk you through your repair, or just do it for you. Regardless, don’t let your engine under-perform any longer. Change those plugs!!!