When the time comes for your truck’s next oil change, you’ll be faced with the question of whether to use synthetic or conventional motor oil, or a blend of both. Ultimately, while a fully synthetic oil is a bit more expensive, it’s a much better investment than conventional oil. Read on to find out why.
It lasts longer
One major benefit of synthetic oil is that it lasts longer, making the decision to spend the extra money a bit easier. Synthetic oil will stay clean and effectively lubricate your engine for longer than conventional oil, which means you’ll make fewer trips to the dealership for an oil change and spend less in the long run.
It’s better in cold weather
You’ll notice that your vehicle runs much better in extremely cold temperatures with synthetic oil than with conventional. Synthetic oil has better viscosity that lets it flow more easily in cold temperatures, which tend to make conventional oil thicker and run more slowly. Synthetic oil gives your engine a break from the hard work of running in cold weather.
It protects your engine
Synthetic oil is also better for keeping your engine in good shape for longer. Because synthetic can withstand more extreme temperatures than conventional oil, it’s better at helping your engine work in very high and low temperatures. If your engine is better protected, it’s going to run better for more miles.
Winter is coming, and they can get rough around Sterling, Colorado. While your Silverado or Colorado is well-suited to keep you safe even under harsh conditions, it’s important that you return the favor. Here are a few easy ways to protect your truck during winter.
Apply an undercoating
One of the worst fates that could befall your pickup is underbody damage or rust, which can result from moisture and debris getting into the inner workings. The potential for issues increases during the winter, as the rock salt used to thaw snow can cause physical damage and contribute to rust. In order to prevent this, consider having a professional apply an undercoating, which acts as a shield protecting your truck’s undercarriage.
Wash and wax regularly
If salt accumulates on your truck’s body and stays there for a while, the paint job will quickly lose its luster. If you want to avoid prematurely aging your truck’s appearance — and potentially opening up the body to the risk of rust damage somewhere down the road — it’s a good idea to wash your vehicle when you can and apply a protective wax coating.
Clean the fuel line
Before the frigid temperatures come in full force, it’s recommended that you flush and clean the fuel line. This will remove any built-up condensation — which can freeze and damage the component — as well as give you an indication of whether there’s any damage.
The expert service staff at Transwest Chevrolet Buick has years of experience winterizing Chevrolet trucks and performing maintenance of all kinds. To make an appointment, give us a call or visit our service page.
If you love revving the engine of your Chevrolet Silverado or Colorado truck but wish you could save some money on gas, you’re not alone. Here are four strategies to improve your truck’s fuel economy as you explore the beautiful state of Colorado.
Clean the fuel injectors
Invest in a fuel injector cleaner lubricant from an auto parts store to keep the fuel injectors free of carbon deposits. This product will boost the performance of the system, giving your truck’s engine a better fuel-to-air ratio for improved efficiency.
Just because you can tow and haul a ton of stuff in your Chevy truck doesn’t mean that you should all the time. Any extra weight your truck is carrying, whether it’s in the truck bed or the trailer it’s pulling, puts a strain on the engine. This results in reducing the truck’s efficiency. By removing unnecessary gear from your truck and the trailer it’s hitched to, you’ll save a bit more on gas.
Leverage cruise control
When driving on I-76, make use of your truck’s cruise control feature. This technology translates to less braking and accelerating when you’re behind the wheel, which helps conserve fuel.
Of course, one of the best ways to make sure your truck is running efficiently is to keep up with regular maintenance. Contact our service department at Transwest Chevrolet Buick in Sterling for seasonal oil changes and engine inspections.
The Chevrolet Silverado HD is known for its power, versatility, and handsome good looks. And now, with an array of special edition models available, you can put your own spin on the Silverado HD’s styling.
The Z71 Carhartt Special Edition combines off-road capability with rugged, all-American styling that’s inspired by Carhartt workwear. This model sports all-terrain tires, Grazen metallic painted accents, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, and plenty of Carhartt-branded touches. These include Carhartt-emblazoned headrests, floor mats, and a roll-up tonneau cover.
If you’re looking for sleek styling, go with the Sport Edition or the Midnight Edition. These add a splash of black on the skid plates, badging, assist steps, grille inserts, gloss-black alloy wheels, and hood vent surround. The Midnight Edition also boasts mud-terrain tires on the Silverado 2500 HD.
And if you really want to set yourself apart from the crowd, go with the Z71 Chrome Sport Edition. It boasts similar features to the aforementioned Sport Edition, minus the black badging and assist steps. However, it boasts a bold chrome skid plate, chrome grille accents, and trim-level-exclusive 20-inch wheels.