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How to Care for a Chevy Camaro

by Jen Davis

The Chevrolet Camaro has garnered the respect and admiration of many auto enthusiasts since it was introduced to the automotive world in 1967. When you purchase a new, 2010 or 2011 Camaro and maintain it properly, you are making an investment in an eye-catching classic American muscle car. The better care you take of your Camaro, the more its value will increase over time.

Put the proper type of fuel in your Camaro. Chevrolet recommends using 87 octane in Camaros with six-cylinder engines. For the V8 Camaro engines, Chevrolet recommends using premium unleaded gasoline that contains a posted octane level of 91 or higher. Using a lower octane fuel can make the Camaro run less efficiently and even cause the motor to knock slightly.

Put only "top tier" detergent gasoline in your Camaro. Chevrolet advises only using fuel that is specifically advertised as top tier gasoline in the Camaro's engine. A list of top tier gasolines can be found at the top tier gas website in the Resources section below.

Use only parts and repair services provided by General Motors. Chevrolet does not recommend using any other dealer or manufacturers parts or repair services other than those provided by GM. Chevrolet also advises against adding non-GM accessories or parts or it may void your Camaro's factory warranty and affect its handling and driving.

Check your Camaro's engine oil every time you fill up your gas tank. Chevrolet recommends Camaro owners check their vehicle's oil and other fluids every time they stop to put gasoline in the car. Add oil as necessary, making sure to only use oil that is marked as SAE 5W-30 and designated as meeting GM standard GM6094M. The Camaro's oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, according to Chevrolet.

Only use Dex-Cool engine coolant in the radiator and cooling system of your Camaro. Replace the coolant every 5 years or 150,000 per Chevrolet guidelines.

Tip

  • Read your Camaro's owners manual carefully to learn all the information about how to care for and protect your car.

Warning

  • A poorly maintained or improperly cared for vehicle is more prone to break downs and may be dangerous to operate.

About the Author

Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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