Have you ever heard of a gasket? We are not referring to someone losing their temper here. These are parts that are used all over your car to stop pollutants from invading certain places. This is important to keep your car clean and functioning properly, so you will want to know just about them.
Once you understand how important gaskets are to the function of your car, you will grow to appreciate these tiny parts. It is essential that your engine stay clean. With so many moving parts, this is often difficult to do. Gaskets end up providing a virtually impenetrable barrier that keeps dirt out and lubricants in.
Now that you know what gaskets do, you should know what they are made of. They need to be a bit flexible in order to fit into tiny spaces, so rubber or stainless steel are usually used...
These Tips Will Help You Safely Replace That Flat Tire
There are many things that you probably take for granted while driving. Fully inflated tires are one of them. While tires are made to be durable and stand up to a lot of pressure, they can go flat on you. This often happens when you are driving, so it is important to keep the following safety guidelines in mind.
When you are about to get set to work replacing the flat, you will want to protect yourself from the other tires moving on you. The best way to do that is to place a wedge on the good tires in either rear or the front of the vehicle.
Once you have done that, you can get to work removing the hubcap. This needs to be done before you can get to the lug nuts. Take the lug wrench out of your trunk or the bed of your truck and use the flat part of it to pry off the hub cap. That will get y...
We admit it: we're biased. Our Shelton Buick GMC team thinks that all of Buick Envision's performance features are outstanding. Critics and drivers agree, which is why this small luxury SUV dominates its category. To prove our point, here are two of many performance features worth writing home about.
Spanking New Transmission
As of this writing, Buick Envision boasts 9-Speed Automatic Transmission. Why is this phenomenal? Multi-speed transmission makes for smoother transitions between gears, canceling out annoying lag as you speed up or slow down during daily dashes through Rochester Hills, MI. In addition, the automatic nature of the transmission means there are no paddles or clutches to play with as you drive.
Rush Hour Perfected
When you're itching to get to work or to go home, observing op...
Many customers at Shelton Buick GMC love the GMC Acadia because of the roominess and convenience that this mid-size SUV provides. Just as many also live the Acadia because of the exceptional performance this vehicle gives them on their daily commute and errands. Here is what we love about this great vehicle.
The Acadia gives you a choice of two available engines. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder has 193 hp and 188-lb-ft of torque and gets up to 27 mpg on the highway thanks to active fuel management. Move up to the 2.0-liter turbo engine for 230 hp and 258 lb.-ft of torque.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine has 310 hp and 271 lb.-ft of torque for the ultimate in power.
When you equip your GMC Acadia with the V6 engine, you can also tow up to 4,000 lbs., which is enough to take a small recreational v...
We're fans of automotive tech at Shelton Buick GMC, and we want to help you appreciate how auto-dimming mirrors function. This info could enhance your Rochester Hills, MI driving experience.
Today's mirrors use light sensors, and these can be cameras or photodiodes. The sensors convey the light to a microprocessor behind your mirror. Subsequently, this component converts the light into electricity, which moves along a circuit and interacts with electrochromic gel. That term simply means electricity causes the gel to darken. The darkening occurs almost instantly, and it turns the gel into a filter. As a result, your mirror reflects less light than it receives.
This modern feature offers you convenience. It lets you drive from daytime conditions into night without needing to remember to change...
When it comes to finding tires for your vehicle, the number of options can make choosing the correct ones overwhelming. Our team here at Shelton Buick GMC in Rochester Hills, MI is here to help, and understanding the numbers and letters on the sidewall can make the selection process simpler.
The first indicator on a tire will typically be a letter. Some common ones include P for a passenger vehicle, while letters such as LT will refer to a light truck. Immediately following this will be a set of numbers that indicate the width of the tire. This number will be displayed in millimeters.
The set of numbers after the slash will be a set of two numbers. Larger numbers will typically mean larger sidewalls for the tire. If the tire has the letter R, it will mean that it's a radial tire. Right after...
While using a roof rack might seem like a no-brainer, there are some little-known tips to making full use of them. Here at Shelton Buick GMC, we feel we owe it to our customers to divulge just a few of them. After all, responsible vehicle owners make the world go around.
One tip to using your roof rack is to take it off when you don’t need it! This will reduce your car's overall drag and increase fuel efficiency. What might help in that process is some grease on the bolts and another pair of hands - roof racks can be tricky.
To learn how to properly secure cargo to your roof rack, read the instruction manual. This will enlighten you as to how to properly go about things - don't just wing it! To find out more, contact us at Shelton Buick GMC. We'd love to fill you in on roof racks and our ser...
You might not recognize the low tire pressure indicator when the light comes on. Don’t immediately panic about the warning light. The problem might not be severe, as changes in the weather could lower the air pressure. However, there may be some damage to the tire. Ultimately, it’s best to put some air in the tire and then find out what’s wrong.
Again, there might not be any problem with the tire at all. Hot and cold weather causes fast drops of air pressure. The problem could self-correct in some cases. Also, tires lose a certain amount of psi every month. Keep that in mind, and make sure always check air pressure regularly.
Driving on a tire with low air pressure is not the safest idea. Besides causing excess wear, you could experience a blowout. Blowouts, in turn, might cause an accident....
Communicate Hands-Free with the Inclusion of Apple CarPlay
You already know that you need to keep your hands-off electronic devices while driving, but the temptation to use this technology is almost too much to handle. That is why Apple CarPlay is a piece of technology that has become extremely popular in recent years. You can do so much with this.
To begin, let's talk about navigation ability. With Apple CarPlay, you will no longer be tempted to scroll through the display looking at a map to your destination. You can just talk to Siri and be guided right to where you need to be. You will also be able to scroll through your music with ease. You can ask Siri at any time if you would like to change the song or genre. It really is that easy. You can experience these features by visiting Shelton Buick GMC and taking a new car out for a test drive. You w...
It is Important to Do Your Part to Reduce Distractions While Driving
While not every distraction can be eliminated in their entirety while you are driving, most can be managed. It is important to do whatever you can to minimize those distractions so that your focus can remain 100 percent on driving. Here are some tips that Shelton Buick GMC feels will help you.
Remember to leave your cell phone out of reach. It will be there when you reach your destination. Do not try to read or reply to text messages, even if you are stopped at a traffic light. This just distracts you from the traffic around you and can cause an accident. You also want to make sure that you adjust your mirrors, steering wheel, and seats before you start driving. Trying to make those minor adjustments while you are moving is a recipe for disaster. Practice these tips when you visit Shelton Bu...
Take a Moment to Consider the Usefulness of a Dash Cam
If you have ever seen a dash cam, you might wonder why you would ever need or want one in your own vehicle. After all, most modern vehicles already seem to have many cameras and sensors to begin with. However, none of those do exactly what a dash cam can do for you.
To begin, you will find that a dash cam is very useful in the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident. The video evidence from that cam can end up being the difference in assigning fault to the other driver. Without it, you might end up with your word being questioned against theirs.
You will also be able to use a dash cam when someone tries to commit insurance fraud against you. Perhaps they purposefully try to get you to hit them so that they can make an insurance claim. In either event, stop by Shelton Buick GMC...
You never know when you are going to run into a problem when driving around in Rochester Hills, MI. That's why it's a good idea to make sure you are prepared. One way to do that is with a roadside emergency kit.
What you put in your roadside emergency kit depends to some degree on your needs and your driving habits, but there are some things that every kit should have.
You definitely want to have a flashlight in your emergency kit, as well as an extra charger for your cell phone. It's also important to have bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy bars in your kit.
First aid supplies also are a good idea, as are some small tools. And, of course, any good emergency kit needs to have jumper cables in it. If you want ideas on an emergency kit or want to get your vehicle checked out, co...