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Common Dashboard Warning Lights and What to Do About Them

With so many warning lights on your dashboard, keeping track of them can be confusing. However, you should never ignore an illuminated warning light, as they’re there for a reason. You can refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to learn what they mean, but here is a list of some of the more common dashboard warning lights .

What to do about common dashboard warning lights, including the Check Engine light

Check Engine

Probably the most common warning light people see, the Check Engine light means that your engine computer has detected some sort of engine malfunction. While you may not notice your car performing poorly, it’s always a good idea to see a trained technician if you see this light.


What to do about common dashboard warning lights, including the Oil Pressure warning

Oil Pressure Warning

This light indicates a loss of oil pressure. If you see this light, immediately check your oil level and oil pressure and replace your oil if necessary. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, see a professional for assistance.



What to do about common dashboard warning lights, including the Brake System warning.

Brake System

Usually, this light means the parking brake is on, there is a problem with the brakes, the brake fluid is low, or there is an ABS system. If the light stays on when your parking brake isn’t engage, seek the help of a trained technician immediately, as your car may be unsafe to operate.


Next time you see a warning light on your dashboard, take care of it right away or see a trained technician for help. The talented service technicians are ready to help you at Tom Naquin Chevrolet.

How to Prepare your Car for Winter

Yes, we said it, the dreaded “w” word—winter. Winter will be here before you know it, and it is better to get ready now than to make changes after having problems. Cold temperatures and harsh weather can wreak havoc on a poorly-running car, which is why you need to prepare your car for winter. Here are a few tips from U.S. News & World Report Contributor Trent Hamm.

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  • Check antifreeze levels. Antifreeze does just what it sounds like—it prevents your engine from freezing in the winter. Make sure it hasn’t gotten diluted and you have the right amount.
  • Make sure HVAC works. Of course, you want your heater in the winter, but your A/C plays an important role, too, in defrosting your windshield.
  • Pack an emergency kit. If you get stranded on the road, you will need some supplies to keep you safe and warm. Items like a blanket, high-energy snacks, water, a flashlight, road flares, and a spare charged cell phone can help get you out of trouble.
  • Check your tires. As the temperatures drop, the roads get slicker. Make sure your tires have enough tread depth to get you through it. Consider making the switch to winter tires.

Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we want you to be safe and prepared. Schedule a service appointment today, and we can help you get your car ready for the season ahead.

Road Trip Tips

Spring has finally arrived, which means now is the time to take, or at least start preparing for, a family road trip! There’s a lot to do before you head out on a road trip, no matter how long it may be. Whether it’s your first or five-hundredth getaway, some things just have to be taken care of. Here are some help road trip tips from us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet. Hit the road and enjoy the wonderful weather.

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  • Plan Carefully – While it always helps to have a plan before hitting the road, committing solely to that plan could cause problems. A single delay can throw a road trip that’s too tightly knit off schedule. Make a plan prior to leave, but be sure to allow for any delays.
  • Come Prepared – It pays to have all of your documents in your car when you take a road trip. Make sure to include your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Having just a few documents can get you out of some tight spots if you get pulled over.
  • Clean Up – There’s little doubt your vehicle will be a mess after returning home. While there isn’t much you can do about that, you can minimize the trash, dirt, and grime by cleaning your car inside and out before hitting the road.

Fun Indiana Road Trips

Indiana road trips

Listen To Your Elkhart

With the weather getting warmer and spring slowly approaching, the time is coming to get out and explore your state. So why don’t you hop in the car and check out these awesome Indiana road trips?

Amish Acres

Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana is a great getaway. If you want to take a time out from your busy life, you can find some solitude here with 80 acres of farms. For extra fun, turn off your technology for the visit and live the Amish way.

Levi Coffin House

If you want to experience a piece of history, this house in Fountain City is perfect. It was part of the Underground Railroad and the original owner, Levi, was called the President of the Underground Railroad. Think about how many lives this house saved.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Be one with nature at this conservatory in Fort Wayne. There are tons of different gardens with different themes, like the Desert Garden and the Tropical Garden. It smells pretty great, too. 

Hall of Heroes Museum

This museum in Elkhart is great for the whole family, especially the kids. It’s the only Super Hero and Comic Book Museum in the world, so it’s a special road trip to take. You’ll find two stories of comic book history here.

Have you been to any of these places? If so, tell all of us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, IN what you thought of them in the comments below.

Spring Car Cleaning

Keeping your car clean in winter is a hassle, what with the ice, snow, and cold weather! Spring is right around the corner, which will be a prime opportunity to clean your car in preparation for warmer weather. We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have some helpful spring car cleaning advice to help you get off to a productive start this season.

Washing a car

Keep your car clean this spring!

  • Upholstery – Believe it or not, your car’s seats are probably covered in a layer of dirt and dust. Fortunately, cleaning most seats is as easy as wiping them down with a damp cloth. Specialized car leather cleaner can go a long way as well, leaving you with shining seats that are ready for spring.
  • Wheels – Washing your car’s wheels is usually an afterthought, despite all the crud that accumulates over winter. Road salt, dirt, and grime make their way into the crevices, resulting in a rather surprising mess. Remove the hub caps and wash them down then move to the wheels themselves. Tire shine will help make your car look as good as new.
  • Wipers – Spring showers are on the way, which means a set of new wipers is a necessity after a long winter. Wiper blades are cheap to replace and the entire process takes just a few minutes. Check out your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your vehicle.

4 Excellent Tips for Driving in the Snow

Tips for Driving in the Snow

For young drivers and those who might need some reminding, we’ve compiled some very useful tips for driving in the snow.

For young drivers and those who might need some reminding, we’ve compiled some tips for driving in the snow.

# 1 – Take your time. The key to doing that is to leave for your intended destination early. Nothing can make your winter commute more stressful and potentially dangerous than being in a rush.

# 2 – With slick roads comes increased stopping distance. The way to combat that is to increase the distance between you and other drivers. Under normal conditions, you should leave two seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you (a calculation based on speed and distance). In snow, doubling or tripling that number is a good idea.

# 3 – Keep it slow and steady…most of the time. In general, driving slower in snow is going to increase your reaction time and compensate for an increased stopping distance. But occasionally when driving uphill on a curve, driving too slowly can cause your car to lose grip on the road.

# 4 – Consider putting winter tires on your vehicle. Winter tires are composed of rubber that is designed to stay softer in colder temperatures thus increasing gripping ability.

Making snow angels and snowmen and skiing and sledding are so much fun you’d think winter was all fun and games; that is, until you get behind the wheel. Follow our tips for driving in the snow to help you stay safe this winter.

Getting Your Car Ready for Fall

Car Ready for Fall

Now that we’ve hit late September it’s time to start getting your car ready for fall, so be sure to follow these useful tips.

Even though cold weather hasn’t even made an appearance yet, now that we’ve hit late September it’s time to start talking about fall car maintenance. There are plenty of easy things you can do to get your car ready for fall, so follow these tips.

Fall is a time for replacing things so you don’t have to do it in the winter. Basically, fall car maintenance is pre-winter maintenance. Replace your windshield wipers, for instance, because you’ll want them in the best shape possible for all the heavy snow and ice they’ll be dealing with this winter.

You should also get an oil change if it’s been more than a couple of months since your last one. Going into winter with fresh oil is a good idea, since the oil is an important part of keeping your engine lubricated and not freezing in the cold.

Check your brakes and tires. Tire pressure will start to drop the colder it gets, so check it every couple of weeks and add air as needed. Brakes, too, are especially important in winter, since it’s harder to stop on slick roads, so have your brake pads replaced if you notice they’re very thin. If you notice any kind of strange noises or behavior from your car, get it inspected now.

It’s been a while since you’ve used the heater, so make sure the heater and defrost still work. Check the fluids, have the battery tested, and check under the hood for cracks or leaks. You don’t want to go into winter with parts that are leaking fluids. Obviously, proper fluid levels are important year-round, but never more so than in freezing cold winters.

Driving Pet Peeves that Everyone Should Stop

Driving Pet Peeves

There are some things that you just hate to deal with on the road. Here are some of our biggest driving pet peeves, can you relate?

There are some things that you just hate to deal with on the road. Here are some of our biggest driving pet peeves, can you relate?

Phone Time – Seriously, what’s worse than being stuck behind someone slow and then seeing them texting? There’s a reason that hands-free technology exists!

Tailgating – Um, sir/ma’am, I’m going about ten over the speed limit already. Get off my bumper!

No Turn Signals – I mean, come on, it’s literally right by your hand! You don’t even need to take your hand off the steering wheel to activate it!

Parking in Multiple Spaces – Well, I could have parked there, but since you decided your car deserved two spaces, I guess I can’t…

Keeping on High Beams – Yes, it’s hard to see sometimes, but it’s even harder to see when your brights are blaring in my eyes! Turn them off when you’re approaching another car, please!

Slow Drivers in the Passing Lane – Excuse me, but there’s a reason it’s called the passing lane.

Remember, never let your anger take hold of you when these things happen! Just take a deep breath and say, “I will be the bigger person.”

What’s your biggest driving pet peeve? Let us know in the comment section below.

The Importance of Sunglasses: More Than Just Stylish

Importance of Sunglasses

Though most of us are aware of the need to wear sunscreen, we don’t always seem to consider the importance of sunglasses.

Sunglasses are more than just a fashionable accessory; they also offer vital protection from both sun damage and harmful glare, which can make it difficult to see the road ahead of you when driving.

Though most of us are aware of the need for sunscreen, we don’t always consider the importance of sunglasses. The sensitive skin around our eyes is particularly vulnerable to sun damage, which could lead to skin cancer, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Additionally, sunglasses can truly make it easier – and safer – to drive. The reflection of the sun on snow and sand can decrease your visibility, unless you are wearing sunglasses, and they can also act as a visible barrier from wind, dust, and dirt particles, which could get into your eyes while driving.

To be safe – be sure to purchase a pair of sunglasses that offers both 100% UVA and UVB protection and also fit comfortably on your face.

For more safety tips, visit us anytime at Tom Naquin Chevrolet!

Safety 101: Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Hitting the road in winter can be a danger to both you and other drivers, so here are some winter driving tips that will keep you in one piece this year.

Hitting the road in winter can be a danger to both you and other drivers, especially if it is your first time on snow-covered roads. You can reduce your risk of harm and get to your destination safely by taking the proper precautions. We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have some winter driving tips that will keep you in one piece this year.

  1. Have Emergency Supplies. Every time you head out onto the road during winter, there’s a chance you’ll end up stuck on the side waiting for help. Sometimes help can take hours to arrive, so it’s best to have emergency supplies in your vehicle just in case. A few blankets, flashlights and batteries, jumper cables, and extra clothing will do just fine.
  2. Brake Early. It takes longer to stop in winter weather, especially if the road is iced over. As a result, it is best to keep seven to 10 car lengths between the car in front of you. You can’t know what’s up ahead or how the other driver will react. Play it safe with some extra space.
  3. Beware of 4×4. Four-wheel drive is fantastic to get going on snowy and icy roads, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to stop as easily. Take the same precautions and keep your distance – you never know what the road’s like up ahead.

Stay safe on the roads this winter!