Bobby MSME

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  1. Listen to Retired Gearhead, he is usually right on. If car is still under warranty, there is less to worry about. Ignore the noise so long as car is safely operable. When it becomes inoperable, the dealer can't say they can't replicate the problem!! If the car is past warranty, If it was my car, I would take it to a reputable brake shop, if the problem becomes ubiquitous and hard to ignore.
  2. Zero emissions? Was the electricity to charge battery generated by coal, oil or nuclear power, which is 90+% of energy generated in US! The all electric car simply moves the emissions from location A to location B. The only emission free AND SAFE power source is hydro power. Lots of workers have died falling of wind turbine towers building/servicing. Solar power? Does not work so great at night.
  3. So correct you are to look for color and clarity and smell of engine oil. I depend on that more than any computer algorithm. Like you said each car engine is a little bit different. And if one wants to play extra safe, go ahead and change original oil at 1000 miles. I did that on my 1964 Corvair and 1967 Impala. But then increased it to 3000 miles on the 1971 Nova and all subsequent cars. Drove them all for 100,000+ miles with no engine wear issues.
  4. Do not worry about fine metal particles in the oil. Any particle which would cause harm to the engine will be filtered out by the oil filter. Today's manufacturing tolerances are much improved over those in the 1950's & 1960's. That is when this myth about changing first oil at 1000 miles began. I purchased a new Chevy Nova 1971. I did not change first oil until 3000 miles. The car ran fine for 150,000 miles. It was still running great but body was showing some rust and my pockets were burning with too much cash, so I traded it in for a 1977 Chevy Malibu, a truly great car. Today GM installs semi-synthetic oil in new cars. Why throw it away too soon? Of course if your driving is under the "severe" category, such as stop and go in hot weather, or steep hills, or towing heavy loads frequently, I would change the oil at 50% life remaining based on the computer reading. With normal driving conditions, I would change first oil at 25% oil life remaining.
  5. After 3 months of experiencing that quirk with my 2017 CVT, I have learned how to work around it, and have no more issues with CVT behavior. The quirky behavior was occurring only when car was moving between 10-20 mph (such as in parking lots or coasting towards a red light which turned green at intersection) and I stomped on the gas pedal to accelerate quickly. Now in that speed range, I press the gas pedal slowly, and the CVT catches up appropriately. At speeds above 20 mph, stomping on the gas pedal works fine.
  6. Most Cadillac's today look like Chevy's. My 1964 Cadillac Eldorado sport there was nothing on the market which looked like that, rode like that, hugged the road like that, and accelerated like that (passenger cars, not Corvette 2 seaters) in 1964. It made me forget where all the pot holes were in Chicagoland, because the Eldorado was truly like riding on a cloud.
  7. Keep an eye on oil life shown by computer, and change original oil no later than 25% remaining. That is what I did on my 2017 Spark and had the dealer perform oil change (2 free oil changes came with the new car) with whatever oil GM recommends. Car is running very well.
  8. I have done that trip twice, and all I know is Illinois has the worst rest areas.
  9. Sparkfanatic has an excellent suggestion about fluid maintenance in CVT. Get it done at dealer even if it costs more than other places. CVT is an excellent tranny because it is ultra smooth, and improves gas mileage over standard geared automatic. However......CVT is a delicate piece of machine. Avoid excessive flooring of gas pedal, treat it with a gentle foot and it will last. My golf cart had a CVT and I used it for 10 years on a private golf course, playing 4 rounds average per week of 18 holes. The transmission never quit. And my handicap got down to 12!
  10. She is cute, love the color, but I am not sure macho me would drive around in a pink automobile. People might get the wrong idea
  11. Touche for your simple solution! The driver's door still opens with remote command from My Chevrolet App, without the sound of a relay operation!!
  12. Hey ChevyBeat, great diagram! My car is still on bumper to bumper warranty so if there is a problem, I will just drop off the car off at the dealer and walk across the street for lunch buffet at the Indian Restaurant and...yes the key still opens the driver's side door!
  13. RoG...why i didn't think of that? Just used My Chevrolet App on my phone to unlock the car. I will walk down to the parking lot in 1/2 hour (I live on 3rd floor!!) and check it out. Thanks for the tip.
  14. My 2017 Spark LS, purchased new, is now almost 1 year old. So far it runs like a well oiled clock. No serious problem except a slightly squeaky RF door. But finally another problem has showed up, I think. Previously when I turned the key on driver's side door, I used to hear a distinct sound of a relay operation. Now that sound is not being heard. That tells me I can no longer unlock driver's side door with remote operation using Onstar. This will need a visit to the dealer? But the trunk still has that relay sound.
  15. R.O.G You are 100% right when driving on 2 lane highways, which were plentiful before building the interstate highway system. I done my share of hair raising passes on Iowa highways in the 1960's. But now my driving is mostly on 4 lane roads, and you will usually find me driving under speed limit in the slow right lane. But most drivers are not as passive & careful & good as me (haha), so I can understand why DRL's became standard. Also, I longer enjoy changing head lamps when they burn out.