It is Back to School season, and what better time to prepare for busy mornings and after-school activities? Or maybe you're sending your child off to college? No matter what, back-to-school is busy for everyone and now is the perfect time to make sure your car is at the top of its class. Be prepared and get ready for this busy time by following these simple guidelines!
Keep Up with Basic Maintenance:
Check Fluids: Fluid levels of engine oil, coolant and transmission, and brake and power steering fluid-your owner's manual will illustrate where everything is located and the proper levels to maintain. If your car is leaking fluid, its color may help you determine what it is and locate the source.
Battery: Consider testing the battery with a voltmeter and replace it if it shows signs of reduc...
On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will be able to witness a total eclipse of the sun.
If you're in the path of totality, you'll be able to see what two eclipse chasers call an "emotional, startling, sensational, and life-changing" event. Eclipse chasers are known as umpraphiles, or shadow lovers.
This is the nation's first total solar eclipse since 1979 and the first to cross from the West Coast to the East Coast since 1918. NASA and the National Park Service advises travelers to stock up on water, snacks, sunscreen -- and your solar eclipse viewing glasses -- before leaving home.
Eclipse Tip: During totality, make sure to spend a few moments enjoying the 360 degree "sunset" all around you.
Here are the best U.S. cities within the eclipse's path of totality to watch the spectacular sky show:
Starts at 9:05 a.m. PDT and totality begins at 10:17 a.m. PDT
Michigan is a great state to get out and explore. Whether you're listening to the latest podcast or NPR channel, you might just end up wishing you had some great music along for the ride. Music and road trips go hand in hand, and if you're looking for some new tunes, there are many places to find and download music:
There are even more places to find a good song list. But how do you entertain the whole family? Or your best friend who decided to take his or her vacation time, so they could drive with you across the country. Or just Michigan.
If you're travelling with your family, show tunes are always a great choice. Most of us can even sing along to some of the old standards:
Summer weather means hot temperatures and the inside of cars get even hotter so remember it is never OK to leave kids or pets in a car -- even with the windows down.
Kids are more susceptible and at higher risk for heat-related illness and injury than adults because their bodies make more heat relative to their size and their abilities to cool through sweating are not as developed as adults.
On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature [inside a car] can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70% of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes. If you suspect your child has heatstroke consult a doctor immediately and provide fluids. Give your child as much cold water as he will drink. Do this until he feels better. If you have a sports drink such as Gatorade, give it ins...
Memorial Day means outdoor dining for many Rochester Hills residents. It is as American a tradition as apple pie. Shelton Buick GMC has compiled these tips to help you with grilling up a delicious meal for friends and family.
Preheat the Grill Preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature (and to kill any bacteria). Your grill should be 400-450°F for high, 350-400°F for medium-high, 300-350°F for medium and 250-300°F for low heat. A properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist and helps prevent sticking. While searing doesn't "seal in" the juices (contrary to popular belief ), it does create improved flavors through caramelization.
Clean the Grill It's easier to remove debris when the grill ...
The beginning of a new season is always exciting, as people anticipate the change in weather, daily routine and new social activities that often await them.
Your vehicle probably suffered some wear-and-tear from those icky winter months that visited the Rochester area. Extreme cold, harsh elements, and road salt can all wreak havoc on your vehicle. We encourage you to take extra care of your car by giving it a good clean. Another great reason to keep your care clean? The better it looks, the more value you can get out of your vehicle.
Spring is here but driving in the often wet weather has it's own risks. Be sure to read up on these safe driving tips.
Check your lights: Since spring rain hinders driving visibility, make sure all your lights work, including headlights, taillights, backup lights, turn signals, parking lights, and brake lights.
Replace your wiper blades: Worn-out wiper blades may not be up to the task of clearing water away from your windshield. Check your wiper blades and replace them if necessary (usually once a year).
Check your tire pressure: Harsh winter weather can deflate your tires. Make sure you have enough air in them once spring rolls around. (As a bonus, proper tire pressure can also help you increase your mpg.)
Slow down and drive carefully: The first few rainy days of spring can produc...
The 2018 Terrain will be 465 pounds lighter than the previous model year, and there are more changes coming than just that. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Design has evolved.
In addition to a weight reduction, the Terrain will be 3.2 inches shorter in length, .4 inch narrower, and .9 inch lower than the previous model year.
2. The trim packages.
Drivers will find three available trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT. Depending upon the trim level, you'll be able to choose from a navigation system, Bose audio system, a range of premium seating, a MultiFlex back seat and more.
3. Safety tech.
A 360-degree parking camera, forward-collision warning, low-speed automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and more will be...
Ever heard the saying, 'there's an app for that'? Well, it holds true. There are smartphone apps for just about everything and you can use an app to find your car, your destination or the cheapest gas in the area, all from your smartphone. Use your phone to help diagnose problems or to entertain the kids as you scoot around town. We have compiled a great list of apps for Shelton Buick GMC area drivers that we have shared here.
GasBuddy - Free Available for: iOS, Android and Blackberry Use this app to compare gas prices and save time driving around to different gas stations. The Web site posts local gas prices in an easy-to-use format and in the different grades, including diesel.
Dynolicious Classic - $8.99 Available for: iOS Dynolicious uses the iPhone's built-in accelerometers to gauge later...
Fall weather can mean rainy days and cooler nights near Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Have you ever stepped on the gas and felt the tires spin?
It's definitely time for some TLC as October is Fall Car Care Month. Special attention should be paid to the tread on your tires, especially for the gray, rainy days that often occur this time of year. Without sufficient tread depth, your vehicle can't properly grip the road. Under wet weather conditions, insufficient tread depth can cause a vehicle to hydroplane - skim over the surface of the road with little or no traction, which can lead to a crash. So check your tread. All you need is a Lincoln penny. 1. Insert Abe's head into the tread in a couple of spots on each tire. If you can see the entire top of his head, your tread is less that one-sixteent...