Stalled car in the middle of the road!
Normally your vehicle will give you some indication, before it suddenly stalls. If you have any suspicion your car might stall – it’s running rough, sputtering, shows a dashboard warning light, or is very low on gas, you should be driving in the right lane and getting yourself to the service station nearest you.
If it happens in traffic and you can get the car started, put on your four-way emergency flashers and safely get to a shoulder. If you are simply stuck, be sure to also put up the hood of your car to alert other drivers that you have a problem.
Remember that if the engine is dead, you will not have power steering or power brakes.
If that’s not possible or you are in a dangerous area, don’t hesitate to call local law enforcement or 911 for help. If you have a cell phone, it’s a good idea to have your roadside service company on speed dial.
My car is overheating! Now What?
Be sure to watch your car’s temperature gauge, especially when you’re going up steep grades. If it’s starts running hot or flashes a temperature warning it may help to turn on your car’s heater. Blast that heater on high, that might just help you bypass your car from overheating. If this does not work, safely pull over to the side of the road.
Once you have pulled over safely, check the antifreeze level and add more if necessary. If you are unclear where it goes, or how much to add – check your service manual.
If that doesn’t work either, you can try checking to make sure the overflow hose that carries antifreeze from the radiator is in place and not clogged or blocked with anything.
If you’re still having problems, it’s best to get to a service station, either by driving carefully there or calling a town truck.
Pulling A Trailer With Your Truck
GMC Trucks are meant to handle even the heaviest of jobs. If you plan on pulling a trailer behind your vehicle, this GM website provides great information that will help you make the right purchase for your individual needs.
For further information and assistance please contact us at 705.324.2148
Buying Your First Car
When buying your first car there are so many questions to be asked and decisions to be made. This GMC website is a great starting point when gathering information before you make a purchase.
If you have further questions the sales associates at Lindsay Buick GMC are more then happy to help, please give us a call today 705.324.2148
It’s Good Going Green
With gas prices going up and up, it seems like you need to be a lucky lottery winner to keep up with the rising costs.
- Avoid unnecessary driving by planning your trips wisely and not stopping for unnecessary thing.
- Why not carpool to work.
- Clean out your vehicle’s trunk and flat bed. Removing an extra 100 pounds of clutter can improve your gas mileage by several percentage points.
- A well maintained vehicle runs smooth and more cleanly.
- Ensure proper tire maintenance, tread and inflation.
- Tighten the gas cap after every fill-up. A loose, cracked or missing gas cap can emit harmful emissions and reduce gas mileage.
- Limit idling. Idling for more than 10 second uses more gas and causes more pollution than simply parking your vehicle and turning it on again when you are about to leave.
- Select the most efficient vehicle for your lifestyle. If you don’t need a gas guzzling SUV on a day-to-day basis consider buying a smaller vehicle.
- Get your annual or biannual emission test. It’s a great way to catch hidden problems that may be contributing to environmental pollutions.
- A check engine light that is on, should be taken seriously. Do not drive very long if this light comes on, without stopping into a service station.
Q. Are there any emissions control devices on my car that I can remove or disable to improve the economy and performance of my car?
A: No. Okay, back in the early days (‘60s and ‘70s) of emissions control devices, you might have been able to improve drivability by unhooking an emissions-control vacuum line or taking the belt off of the air injection pump. Not anymore. The emissions system is completely integrated with the engine management system. If you try to tinker with it you’ll just make the CHECK ENGINE light come on, likely reduce your fuel economy and increase emissions, and make it impossible to pass an annual DMV inspection.
On June 9th, 2012 Lindsay CARSTAR is participating in the Canadian wide Soaps It Up Car Wash. This is a Charity event. With a minimum of a $5 donation you can help support the Cystic Fibrosis Charity and have your vehicle hand washed! Win Win!