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