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Find the Right Floor Mat for You

You may not have considered the need for after-market floor mats before, but they can be a great way to preserve and protect your car's interior. They can also provide an added bit of style and color to your interior, and make it much easier to clean the inside of your car when it is needed.

Carpet floor mats are a great way to add a different color to your vehicle's interior, as they come in a wide variety of colors styles. They can be custom fit to your vehicle as well, offering greater coverage and protection than…

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Know the Difference Between Payload and Towing Capacity

At Gillman Chevrolet of Harlingen, we work hard to give drivers the information they need to understand best how their vehicle works. Many of our loyal customers have questions about the difference between payload and towing capacity.

The term payload refers to everything that is transported inside the vehicle. This could be anything from a small bag of groceries to the heavy tools you take to a job site. A lot of people don't realize it, but passengers do count as part of the payload.

Towing capacity refers to the weight of anything the vehicle pulls on a trailer…

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What Does Your Car Warranty in Harlingen Cover?

A warranty is a manufacturer's promise that repairs to certain parts of your car will be paid for if a problem develops within the specified time frame. Certain parts are typically excluded from warranties, such as the car's battery, tires, brake pads and seat cushions.

A powertrain warranty lasts for several years. It typically covers repair or replacement of the engine, transmission, and drivetrain. These are the most expensive parts to fix or replace. A bumper-to-bumper warranty covers the same parts as the powertrain, but it also includes the windows, windshield, locks, and airbags.

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FWD or RWD: Which Is Best for You?

When you're thinking of investing in a new vehicle, it's essential to consider what you need. With options for front- and rear-wheel drive vehicles, how do you know which one is right for you?

Front-wheel drive vehicles are the more budget-friendly option since it takes far fewer parts to build one. They weigh less and therefore get better gas mileage. Aside from the economic features, FWD cars provide better traction in rain or snow since the weight of the engine sits on top of the front wheels. Because of this weight, FWD doesn't handle as nicely. Rear-wheel…

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The Safest Way to Jump Start Another Car

In order to safely jump start a car, follow these simple tips from the Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen service team. Bring the two vehicles nose-to-nose as close as possible. Place the positive end of one end of the jumper cables to the good battery, and the other positive end to the positive terminal on the dead battery.

Place the negative cable to the negative on the good battery, and the other end to a metal surface on the car. Start the operational car and wait two minutes while periodically revving the engine. 

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How Do Brake Pads Work?

No matter what type of vehicle you have, chances are at some point you have heard that your brake pads are worn and need replacement. However, what exact role do brake pads play in keeping you and the occupants of your vehicle safe?

Each wheel is attached to a brake rotor that spins in conjunction with it on vehicles that have disc brakes. Calipers squeeze the spinning rotor to help stop your car or truck. This action results in much friction. Your brake pads are a bugger between the caliper and the rotors, which is why the pad regularly wear…

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What Is a Timing Belt and When Should You Replace It?

The timing belt is located under the hood of the car and is attached to the engine. The belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft working in unison. This is imperative to the engine's performance as it is essentially controlling the engine's operation. The timing belt does this by keeping the pistons and valves in synch through a series of rotating pulleys.

When a timing belt fails, it typically snaps or slips off a pulley. The result of a failed timing belt is catastrophic. The engine will most likely shut down, even while driving. This is a serious safety…

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Maintaining Your Headlights Is Crucial to Safe Driving

Being that they are what allow you to see when you are driving at night, your headlights are not just another part of the hood of your car. When it comes right down to it, your headlights are actually part of your safety equipment, and when they fail, it can be a downright dangerous situation.

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The Old Rule Of An Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles Has Changed


For the longest time, we were all told that an oil change every 3,000 miles was mandatory to maintain the life of your vehicle's engine. Well, with all of the advancements that have been made in engines and engine oil over the years, this rule of thumb doesn't necessarily hold true any longer.

If you drive a more modern vehicle, then chances are it can go 5,000-7,500 miles between oil changes depending on the model that you drive. While there is nothing wrong with keeping fresh oil in your engine every 3,000 miles, it…
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Driving North for the Holidays? Follow These 4 Tips to Stay Safe in the Snow


?Who doesn't get homesick listening to Bing Crosby's smooth baritone, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know"? Whether you have family up north, or you just want to see what all the fuss is about snow, many Harlingen-area drivers will be heading to frozen climes this winter.

If you are not used to driving in the snow, we recommend flying to your destination and renting a winterized car there—or avoid driving altogether. If you are determined to bring your Chevy truck or SUV on a road trip, there are…
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