Developing a car maintenance routine is a smart way to stay on top of vehicle service. Following the 30-60-90 schedule — which refers to 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles of driving — offers a reliable way to protect your car from easy-to-avoid issues and keep it performing at a high level.
According to Car Gurus, aside from regular maintenance such as changing the oil and oil filter, you should change the air and the fuel filters every 30,000 miles. Combustion requires both air and fuel, so if the filters are clogged the engine won’t run as efficiently. You may also want to clean out the air filter every 15,000 miles, though the fuel filter should normally be replaced by a professional.
Every 60,000 miles, you’ll need to do more maintenance. You should change the battery, as it will begin to lose its charge. Replace the brake fluid to make sure it’s still stable, as well as the brake pads or shoes if necessary. It’s also a good idea to do a coolant flush at 60,000 miles, and be sure to check the transmission fluid — it should be replaced if it’s cloudy, brown, or smells burnt.
At the 90,000-mile mark, you’ll need to do major service. Replace the spark plugs and possibly the ignition system, as well as any old hoses. The timing belt will also need to be replaced before you hit six-figure mileage, and the power steering fluid may need to be topped-off.
It’s finally summer, and while this season can make for some of the most pleasurable drives, it’s also an important reminder to service your vehicle and prepare it for the heat, humidity, and precipitation that come with the hottest season. Follow these summer car service tips to avoid problems and stay safe on the road.
Conventional wisdom holds that
battery problems are most frequent in the winter, but the intense heat of
summer can cause just as many issues for your car’s battery, if not more.
Batteries are susceptible to both heat and vibrations. Confirm that the battery
is well-mounted, as this will minimize vibrations. Clean any corroded pieces on
the battery terminal and the clamps; there will be more build-up during the
summer due to the quick evaporation of the battery fluid.
inflate the tires
The heat of the road in summer
leads to many more tire blowouts, especially when the tire is under-inflated.
Fill it up to its ideal PSI, which can often be found in your owner’s manual or
inside the driver’s door, and check the pressure once a month.
a cool engine
Regularly flush your cooling systems and always check the overflow reservoir to keep the coolant at the optimal level. The last thing you want is to see smoke billowing out of your engine because it is overheated.
By following these tips, you’re well on your way to keeping your vehicle running smoothly all summer long. Come visit us at Hight Chevrolet if you need to get your car serviced.
The Farmington Farmers’ Market takes place all
summer long. Not only will you have a lovely day in the sunshine, but you will
keep your family supplied with fresh and healthy locally grown produce.
Available items include eggs, meat, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, dairy
products and produce. The Farmington Farmers’ Market takes place in the
courthouse parking lot every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to
If you haven’t yet, we strongly encourage you
to check out an event or exhibition at the Emery Community Arts Center, part of
the University of Maine at Farmington. The center presents programs, features
and shows at no cost to the Farmington community. This summer, pair a visit to
Emery with a relaxing picnic on campus.
It’s no secret that our neck of the woods is
full of natural splendor. All around the region, there is an almost unlimited
supply of hiking, biking and horse-riding trails to explore solo or with the
whole crew. Make a weekend of it and book a lot at one of Farmington’s numerous
Looking for May events near Farmington? Whether you want to get outdoors or simply have a fun date night, you will find a variety of fun things to do.
Wine and Beer Tasting
Start the month by taking a short trip to the Winslow VFW
hall for wine and beer tasting. Starting at 5:00 p.m. on May 2, you can enjoy wine
and craft beer from local vendors, as well as hors-d’oeuvres, and a silent
auction. Just be sure to bring a designated driver if you plan on drinking.
Duck, Duck, Death
Drive on over to Belgrade for a Murder Mystery Dinner event.
The special Duck, Duck, Death! The Hallowell Open Theater Troupe performs the
plot twists at the Village Inn and Tavern on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. Solve the case
over a four-course meal.
At the end of the month, check out Barnstock 2019. Starting May 31 at 10:00 a.m., this three-day event occurs at the Barn Yard All Terrain in Livermore. Activities include mud drags, rock climbing, deep mud racing, a tough truck obstacle course, and more. If you enjoys off-road driving, you will love Barnstock 2019.
Getting a new car is a great way to motivate yourself to get out and do more and learn more about your community. Test-drive a new car at Hight Chevrolet.
Your new Chevrolet should be in the spotlight, and have you covered. These local Farmington activities offer plenty of opportunities to drive your new set of wheels around, while also enjoying a day out on the town.
As a popular local outdoor attraction in
Farmington, Titcomb Mountain offers skiing, running trails, snowboarding, and
In addition to Titcomb Mountain, residents of
Farmington can enjoy the trails at nearby Mount Blue State Park or Bigelow
DEW Haven is more than a zoo; it’s also a rescue center. It is home to more than 200 species of animals. Many of the exhibits come from recyclable materials and function more like a farm than a standard zoo.
Downtown Farmington is where the University of Maine resides, and it’s also the cultural center of Maine. Many artists and musicians flock to the local art scene in Downtown Farmington. Plenty of local shops and restaurants provide you with channels for browsing and eating.
If you are looking for a unique experience,
the Farmington Underground Escape Room offers the chance for team-building
activities through solving and escaping from puzzle rooms. Work together to
find clues and break out before the time is up.
Stop by Hight Chevrolet in Farmington for service before you venture out into the surrounding area.
In honor of the COPO Camaro 50th Year Anniversary, we wanted to take a look back when it was first produced and discuss what Chevrolet is doing to commemorate this milestone.
In 1969, Chevy dealer Fred Gibb found a way to use the
company’s special ordering system ― the Central Office Production Order ― to
add the ZL1 427 racing engine to the Camaro. After a lot of cajoling, he
convinced Chevrolet to do so.
However, there was one problem. For the engine to be eligible
for NHRA races, there had to be 50 units available for public sale. Gibb took
the plunge and ordered all 50 himself. Eventually, other dealers followed suit,
and a total of 69 COPO Camaros were produced that year.
To celebrate the COPO Camaro 50th Year Anniversary, Chevrolet is releasing a special model called the 2019 COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition. This unique model will come in Blue Metallic color similar to the Laguna Blue offered on the original models. It will also be available with the naturally aspirated LSX-based 427 racing engine.
Chevy will produce 69 exclusive models, which is the same amount that were produced in 1969. Customers can sign up for the chance to purchase one of these models online.
While the odds of getting a 50th Year anniversary COPO Camaro on our lot are not in our favor, the horsepower of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro will put a smile on your face. Stop in and test drive it at Hight Chevrolet.
Why buy from Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC? There are many reasons you should visit our dealership, from our friendly staff to our great deals and quality service department. Our dealership has been a family-owned and operated business for over 100 years, providing the community with great cars and customer service.
We take pride in the people we hire and the way they treat our customers. There are no high-pressure sales tactics here; simply let us know what you want, and we’ll do our best to help you find it. Even the owner of Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC works in the building, continually involved with our sales and service teams to ensure customer satisfaction. That’s how we’ve created lifelong relationships with customers over the years.
There are no gimmicks at Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC; you just get honest deals. There’s a wide selection of new and used cars on our lot; after you buy, we offer specials on service jobs to help you maintain your car and ensure durability. Plus, we offer high trade-in values because we don’t auction your car off—old models are reconditioned to be resold, resulting in the best pay-outs for your old car.
We strive to ensure every time you do business with us, you leave satisfied. For instance, we have available loaner vehicles should you need to leave your car for repairs. There’s a local shuttle service for customers, too.
There aren’t many automotive dealerships that have been serving their communities for more than a century, but Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC is an exception. In business since 1911, the Hight family still aims to provide the best service and quality vehicles to the area. Now, we’d like to thank the community, and welcome you to the Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC blog!
Walter Hight started out selling potatoes, hay, straw, and hemlock bark. In 1911, he started selling Fords and kicked off what would become a family legacy. At the time, Ford vehicles came disassembled, six in a box car.
Soon after, Hight moved to selling Buicks produced and driven straight from the production line. It was at this point that he came up with the Hight tradition: “You put us first in sales, we put you first in service.”
Walter’s toughest obstacle to creating a successful dealership was converting people from horse and buggies to motor vehicles. To do this, he made sure every vehicle came with a personal driving lesson. Vehicles didn’t come with a large manual, so customers had to trust the salesman to teach them everything about the vehicle.
Now in its fourth generation, the Hight family continues to run the central Maine dealership. Our sales team remains vigilant to provide unbeatable dedication to the customer. Stop in to see just how we treat each and every customer that comes through the door.