Replacing the Serpentine Belt in Your Car

replacing the serpentine beltIf you hear a squealing sound from underneath your hood, check the serpentine belt. If it’s frayed or even broken, it’s time to replace it, as this belt controls the alternator, power steering pump, and a whole lot of other important things.

Replacing a serpentine belt is possible to do at home, and frequent DIYers will probably find it fairly easy, but it’s not really beginner level. If you’re more advanced, though, give it a shot.

Grab your owner’s manual and find the diagram of the serpentine belt system for reference, and then pop your hood and find the belt. Then find the tensioner, which should be located very near the belt—check the diagram. Move the tensioner so the belt is loose enough to pull it off.

That’s the easy part. The trickier part is getting it onto all those pulleys. There are a lot of them. Again, reference the diagram in the manual to make sure you’re putting the belt on correctly.

When the belt is on correctly, turn the tensioner back so the belt is tight again and use a belt tension gauge to make sure it’s the right tightness.

Improve Resale Value by Following these Tips for Drying a Wet Car

tips for drying a wet carWarm weather is on its way, which is a relief for most drivers looking forward to the summer. However, it also means more people will be tracking water into their cars from swimming pools, and more people will forget to roll up windows when it rains. We’ve put together tips for drying a wet car in order to help you keep your interior nice and dry.

According to NAPA, a wet interior isn’t just uncomfortable for passengers, but it can also do damage in the long run. In addition to mold and mildew, water damage can detrimentally impact the resale value of your car. It is important to keep your seats clean and dry, especially if you are looking to resell your car or if you are leasing.

If there is a lot of water, including standing pools, you want to make sure to get all of it out. Use a wet/dry vacuum in order to suck it out—be sure not to use an ordinary vacuum for this. If you can’t find one, many car wash facilities and gas stations also have wet/dry vacuums for affordable prices.

Airflow is your friend. Fabrics can’t get completely dry using a towel, especially under the surface. Prop up fans and open the windows to create optimum air flow. It is also a good idea to use a dehumidifier if you are in an enclosed space like a garage in order to suck the moisture out of the air.

Finally, get baking soda in order to prevent mold and mildew growth. Simply open containers and leave them behind each seat (do NOT sprinkle it on the fabric). Drying a wet car might seem like a hassle, but just a little work will keep you from emptying your bank account on a new interior in the future.

All-New GMC Terrain Midnight Edition Announced at New York Auto Show

GMC Terrain Midnight Edition

The latest vehicle to get the edgy, aggressive Midnight Edition treatment is the all-new GMC Terrain, following the Midnight Edition models of the Canyon and the Sierra. If you’re a fan of those, you are certain to love the GMC Terrain Midnight Edition.

Of course, the first thing you’ll notice about this new, special edition trim level is that the vehicle is almost entirely black, from head to toe, inside and out. You’ll see glossy, black accents everywhere you look. Tech-wise, you’ll find an IntelliLink 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, 4G LTE connectivity, and a Wi-Fi hotspot at your disposal.

The GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition will be available for both the SLE-2 and SLT trim levels, and pricing information has not yet been released. However, we should know more as we approach the vehicle’s sale date, sometime during fall of 2016.

Until then, visit us anytime at Watters Autoland to see what we have in store!

Safety Tips and Advice for Driving with Pets

Driving with Pets

Now that the spring weather has begun, you may find yourself on a road-trip with your furry loved ones. To keep both you and your pets safe, don’t forget these safety tips for driving with pets:

  • Be sure that your pets are properly restrained, depending on what type of animal you have and what size they are.
  • Don’t allow pets to sit on your lap or hang out in the front seat while you’re driving, which could distract you.
  • Never, ever transport your dog in a truck bed, which causes many canine deaths and accidents every year.
  • Please do not leave your pets unattended in a parked vehicle, and never, ever leave them in a parked vehicle when it’s warm outside, which can quickly become lethal.
  • In case your pet becomes separated from you, be sure that it has a collar with contact information or even a microchip.

For more safety tips or to start out your spring season with a brand new vehicle, visit us here at Watters Autoland.

Buick Teams Up With Tracey Anderson to Promote Both Healthy Living and Healthy Driving

Tracey AndersonThe weather is finally taking a turn for the warmer. That means now is the perfect time to head outside and start exercising right. With a little help, Buick has developed a list of tips to help you do just that!

According to a Buick press release, Buick has teamed up with Tracey Anderson to promote both healthy living and healthy driving.

Tracey Anderson, one of the world’s premier fitness experts, will be working alongside Buick to promote healthy summer habits in five different categories: skin, songs, sweat, snacks, and, of course, style!

She will also work alongside signature Buick models that embody these values, such as the 2016 Buick Cascada, one of the world’s premier convertible models.

“The road to getting fit and healthy for summer starts by taking the right lifestyle steps now,” said Anderson. “The tips Buick and I have developed are so easy to follow, and we hope they will inspire people to take better care of themselves this summer – and beyond.”

Start making a move toward a healthier and happier summer with Tracey Anderson and Buick!

Buick Avista Concept: Grand Tourer of the Future

While the world is still reeling from the Avenir concept, Buick went ahead and released another prototype that is possibly even more amazing. The Buick Avista concept debuted just before the North American International Auto Show.

It’s a grand tourer of the future. The Avista is designed for both powerful performance and a high level of comfort. It features a refined twin-turbo V6 sending power to the rear wheels, a package good for 400 horsepower.

We first saw Buick’s new, flowing, kinetic design language with the Avenir concept. Then we saw it hit the market with the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. The Buick Avista concept is an even stronger expression of this new language.

As Buick puts it, the Avista features “uninterrupted body lines stretch[ed] front to rear, suggesting motion” and “the absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows enhances the flowing profile.”

The Avista also features next-level comfort. QuietTuning technology helps the interior stay pleasantly quiet while air-control filtration system keeps the air clean and fresh.

Duncan Aldred, VP of Global Buick Sales, summed up the Buick Avista concept quite nicely. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

How Automatic Transmissions Work

automatic transmissions workThe transmission is the part of your car that changes gears based on your speed. Most cars come with an automatic transmission these days, or at least they have the option. This type of transmission is much more common because it’s so much easier to use, so how do automatic transmissions work?

Automatic transmissions are actually pretty complex. There are tons of small moving parts in an automatic transmission, but most simply, you just need to know a few.

One is the torque converter. This connects the transmission to the wheels and joins fluids that let it act the same way the clutch does in a manual transmission: the fluid, which is pushed through by the engine, turns the turbine, which causes the torque converter to send torque to the transmission.

This also drives the transmission fluid pump, which is what delivers fluid to the planetary gear set and makes it turn. The planetary gear set, which is made of many moving parts, operates on the principle that the clutch and brakes will stop certain parts of it from working, which changes the gear ratio. Before automatics, you’d have to manually change the gear ratio by pushing the clutch yourself.

New Buick Ad with Ellie Kemper Shows the Quirky Side of Buick

Buick ad with Ellie Kemper

A new Buick ad with Ellie Kemper, who plays the title character on the breakout Netflix hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, sets out to show the more imaginative, quirky side of Buick, a brand which has always been known for its reliability and sturdiness.

Kemper spends the segment awkwardly flirting with a guy and imagining becoming the spokesperson of Buick. It’s a lighthearted and youthful ad, and millennials, the clear target of the campaign, can see the stylishness of the Buick Cascada, the cool features like 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the Enclave, and comfort of the Encore.

The ads continue in a series of humorous vignettes that highlight different features of Buick vehicles, like the moonroof of the new Cascada. The modern, athletic Cascada is a big part of Buick’s wish to rebrand itself and reach out to younger generations, and using Kemper, a fun and familiar face to the Netflix generation, is a smart way to do it.

The first ad of the campaign aired during the big game on Sunday, making it the first time Buick has ever aired a commercial during this event.

Interesting Facts about Iowa

Facts about IowaIowa is considered by many to be a fly-over state. However, this would be a grievous mistake for them to make. There are plenty of interesting facts about Iowa, many of which most people do not know about.

  1. Iowa draws its name from the Iowa River, which in turn is named after a tribe of American Indians.
  2. There are four times as many pigs in Iowa as there are humans.
  3. There is an Iowa law which discourages men with mustaches from kissing women in public (Guess they should shave face to save face).
  4. Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa is the most crooked street in the entire world.
  5. In Iowa, you can vote in an election at the age of 16 ½.
  6. Winnebago motorhomes were first manufactured in the city of Winnebago, Iowa.
  7. Iowa has more per capita golf courses than any other state in the country.
  8. Red Delicious Apples were first developed in Iowa’s Madison County.

GMC Reveals the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

 

When it comes to luxury, nobody does it better than GMC with their Denali lineup of vehicles. The Denali trim adds features that are sure to impress any driver. GMC recently announced that the Denali lineup is growing even larger in 2017.

According to a GMC press release, GMC has revealed the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali.

The GMC Canyon is recognized far and wide as being one of the best trucks you can purchase. By adding a Denali trim to the Canyon, GMC is making the best even better.

The 2017 GMC Denali Canyon will come with a long list of signature Denali amenities. This includes ventilated and heated seats that are surrounded on all sides by luxurious Mulan leather.

“Canyon is the segment’s first and only premium midsize truck, offering unparalleled capability and efficiency matched with maneuverability and refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Canyon Denali builds on that award-winning combination with the distinctive styling, luxurious interior and elevated content that has defined the Denali nameplate since its introduction nearly 17 years ago.”

For a seamless blending of raw power and refinement, keep your eyes peeled for the GMC Canyon Denali truck in 2017.