DETROIT — The Chevrolet Certified Service Rescue Squad will be cruising Woodward Avenue on Aug. 17 to help keep things moving by lending an assist to beautiful classic cruisers that stall, overheat, or run out of gas.
“It’s called the ‘The Dream Cruise’, but an overheated engine, a drained battery, or a flat tire can turn that dream into a nightmare for enthusiasts whose countdown clock to Woodward starts the day it ends,” said Steve Walczak, Chevrolet Certified Service marketing manager. “No one wants to breakdown or cause ‘The Dream Traffic Jam,’ so Chevrolet Certified Service technicians will be assisting cruisers with minor issues that can be easily remedied.”
Stats compiled by last year’s rescue squad point to a few key items to which cruisers should pay special attention before they hit the road with their classics:
- Battery — Make sure the battery is charged, the terminals are clean, and check for wear or aging of the alternator belt and distributor cap.
- Fluids — Check fluid levels to make sure the vehicle is ready to operate for several hours and have extra to top it off when necessary.
- Gas — Fill it up and top it off before embarking on the journey. A sticky or faulty gas gage can leave you stranded on the side of the road.
- Tires — Check the tire pressure and condition especially if it’s a vehicle driven only a few times a year.
- Blades — Make sure the windshield wipers are in good operating condition in the event of rain.
ASE certified technicians provided by Buff Whelan, Gordon, Les Stanford, Mary Feldman, and Suburban Chevrolet will travel up and down Woodward during the cruise in five red 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Rescue Squad pickup trucks.
In addition to the roaming Silverados, there are the two Chevrolet Certified Service locations where cruisers of all makes and models can go for help:
- Fifth Third Bank — 29710 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak
- The Vitamin Shoppe — 31753 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak
This is the second year for the Certified Service Rescue Squad at the Woodward Dream Cruise. Last year, the squad helped more than 25 cruisers in need, so Chevrolet decided to increase the Rescue Squad from two to five vehicles.