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Examine Common Motor Oil Myths

Have you ever pulled into a small scale oil change shop and been given some advice you just weren't sure was true? These locations tend to give you some direction, and they often do so in hopes of getting you into their shop more often. A lot of times this 'advice' isn't very helpful, which is why we encourage you to bring your vehicle in to our Harlingen, TX location so we can take care of your routine maintenance the right way.

When it comes to your motor oil, we always follow the recommendations from the manufacturer. 

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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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Do You Understand the Move Over Laws?

Have you ever experienced a flat tire that has unexpectedly landed you on the side of the road? `Perhaps one of your greatest fears in that situation would be simply getting out of the car in the midst of traffic. This could be a very risky action because the road is a dangerous place.

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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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Don't Forget To Check Your Windshield Wiper Fluid Level


If you have ever been driving with a dirty windshield in the direction of the setting sun, you know how hazardous that can be. All of a sudden, all those bug guts and road dust illuminate and block your vision. That is certainly a potentially dangerous situation. You need to be able to see the road ahead when you drive.

That is what makes your windshield wiper fluid so important. In a situation like that, if you have a good set of wipers and a reservoir full of windshield wiper fluid, you can quickly clean off your windshield on the…
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Why Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts Are Best For Your Car


Are you in the Harlingen area and in need of spare parts for your car? We at Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen have got you covered. You can probably get auto spares from your local mechanic, but the best choice for your vehicle would be original equipment manufacturer parts. These are guaranteed to maintain your car’s high performance, and they’ll probably last longer than any other parts. This is why you should choose OEM parts over the aftermarket spare parts.

The parts are manufactured by your car’s manufacturer who has sound knowledge of the functionality of your vehicle...
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Use Our Online Finance Application for the Best Experience

Traditionally, people have been going physically to the bank to seek financing. However, online auto lenders have changed the game altogether. People now increasingly prefer to fill out forms online for the following reasons.

It's convenient

You can get the information you need by just a click. This is far quicker and less tedious compared to when you have to keep going physically to the bank or dealership for papers and the required procedures.

Apply any time.

Using an online application saves you the frustration of having to wait until your dealership opens during the official hours...

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