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Buick LaCrossse

Investing in a brand new car like the 2016 Buick Lacrosse is exciting. After all, it's hard to resist such a well-rounded sedan that offers luxury and finesse in all areas. Buying a new car is a good way to avoid having to shell out cash for quick repairs. However, the longer you own your vehicle, the more likely it is going to require repairs. One of the most common causes of car breakdowns is problems with the radiator. To learn more about your radiator and troubles to watch out for, continue reading.

 

The Role of the Radiator. A radiator is a type of heat exchanger that is designed to transfer heat away from the engine in order to keep it cool. When an engine is running, its pistons move up and down creating heat and friction. In order to keep them cool, water must flow through the canals in the engine block, through the radiator and back again. A radiator that is not functioning properly will not be able to cool the engine, and in turn, the engine will overheat.

 

Radiator Problems. The radiator can suffer from a number of problems that cause it not to work as it should. Here's a look at some of them.

 

Low Coolant Level. One of the main reasons vehicles overheat is due to a low coolant level in the radiator. Coolant is a fluid mixture made up of antifreeze (ethylene glycol) and water that is pumped around the engine and kept cool with the help of the radiator. Coolant keeps water in the radiator from freezing in cold temperatures, as well as from boiling over in warmer climates so your engine always stays at optimal running temperature. If your vehicle is low on coolant, it could be due to a number of reasons – one being a leak in the head gasket. If your car ever overheats, the first thing you should check is the coolant level because it is most likely the culprit.

 

Clogged Radiator. Another problem your radiator may experience is a clog due to dirty, debris and dead bugs. If a radiator experiences a clog, it is unable to receive the necessary airflow it needs to run. As a result, it becomes too hot and overheats. Clogs can be visible or internal, so if you can't clearly see a clog, take your car in for an inspection.

 

Radiator Cap. A malfunctioning radiator cap is another common reason for an overheating radiator. A radiator cap typically malfunctions if it is not screwed on correctly. When the radiator cap is not screwed on as it should be, two things can happen. The first is that coolant will begin to leak. The second is that water pressure will be compromised.

 

Thermostat. One of the key components of the radiator is the thermostat. The thermostat is a valve that allows hot water to leave the engine when it gets too hot in order to return to the radiator to be cooled. Sometimes, the thermostat can be stuck closed, which prohibits the hot water from escaping. This result of this is overheating.

 

To learn more about the 2016 Buick Lacrosse and for all radiator problems, we can help. Visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.

Kelly Buick GMC sells new or used carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Easton, Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged new Buick Lacrosse, new Lacrosse, Buick sedans, large sedans, Buick, new sedans, buick dealer on 06/29/2016 at 12:24 PM

Buick Cascada

Sedans. SUVs. Trucks. Minivans. From practicality to space to power, all of these vehicle types are popular for many reasons. But do you ever crave something different or experience an itch under the skin that screams for something more exciting? Well, here's a choice you may have overlooked: a convertible. One convertible that may strike your interest is the 2016 Buick Casada. It's comfortable, quiet, and full of features – all for a competitive price. For the best reasons to opt for a convertible like the 2016 Buick Casada, continue reading.

 

No Blind Spots. Have you ever been driving and any time you need to check your blind spots, you feel like you just can't ever see out as well as you need to? Whether it's front seats that are too large or the general construction of the vehicle, it's a common problem. In a convertible, you won't ever feel the irritation and lack of safety by not being able to clearly check your blind spots. When you roll down the top of a convertible like the 2016 Casada, you are left with an unobstructed 360-degree view – a score in safety and peace of mind whenever you change lanes, etc.

 

Usable Anywhere. When you first hear the word convertible, you may think of a crew full of beach goers in California, their hair blowing about on a sunny summer day. But trust us, convertibles aren't just for beaches and hot climates; instead, they actually serve a purpose in all sorts of places and environments. Keep the top up on a cold winter day or lower the top on a gorgeous spring or fall day.

 

Unlimited Headroom. For those of small stature, headroom is typically abundant. However, those of tall height can be starved of headroom. To avoid that awkward moment of hitting your head on the top of your car, opting for a convertible is the way to go. Convertibles also make carrying tall cargo easy. Just lower the top and you're good to go.

 

Good Looks and Features Galore. Convertibles can be attention grabbing, especially with the top down. The 2016 Casada offers a sporty vibe inside and out, which easily makes it an appealing choice.

 

Adding to the good looks of the Casada with its huge list of features is another reason convertibles like this one are a worthy choice. The Casada offers just two trims, the 1SV and 1SP, but both are jam packed with needs and wants. The 1SV, for instance, comes with a mighty list of standard equipment, such as: fog lights, adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors, remote engine start, heated steering wheel and front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. Upholstery is leather for a luxury vibe and electronics are abundant with a seven-inch touchscreen display, voice controls, smartphone integration, rearview camera, navigation system and seven-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, USB media interface and auxiliary input jack.

 

For anyone that thinks convertibles aren't as safe as larger vehicles may want to learn the safety features found in the Casada 1SP. It includes: automatic wipers, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning and front parking sensors.

 

For a mood boosting ride, opt for the 2016 Buick Casada. To learn more and to take it for a test drive, visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.

 

Kelly Buick GMC sells new or used carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Easton, Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged new Buick Casada, new Casada, Buick, new convertibles, new car, buick dealer, on 06/28/2016 at 5:18 PM

Buick Encore

Deciding to buy a new vehicle is a big decision – not to mention investment. While buying a car, like the Buick Encore, can be very exciting, you don't want to rush and jump into a decision too fast. Instead, you want to take your time and think every aspect through. Here are some things to keep in mind during your car search.

 

Shop around for auto loans. Many don't realize that it's possible to shop around for the best financing rates before even showing up at the dealership. Your salesperson can of course help you with this, but it can save you a lot of time waiting around at the dealership. It can also give you more time to potentially find a lower interest rate. A lower annual percentage rate could save you a large bundle over the duration of the loan, so feel free to shop around for an auto loan that best fits your budget before hitting the car lots for a new ride.

 

Insurance costs. When you purchase a vehicle, it's not just the monthly loan payment you have to think about. You also have to take into consideration the cost of auto insurance and how much it will cost you per month. There are several things that affect auto insurance premiums – your age, how you drive, where you live. The largest portion of your insurance cost is made up of the actual car you own. Costs are typically higher for vehicles that are reported to be in more accidents, stolen more frequently, and also cause more damage and cost more to repair than others. When purchasing a car, be sure to take insurance costs into account so you don't over-budget.

 

Reliability. New or used, purchasing a vehicle is a huge investment. This being said, you don't want to end up shelling out cash for repairs because you bought a car that offers no reliability. An unreliable car can cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs over the years, so be sure to shop smart and buy a vehicle that will run as it should.

 

If reliability is a large concern for you, opting for a new car may be the best choice because there's a much lower risk of ending up with a clunker. New cars often include extended warranties, too, so if anything breaks, the dealership pays for you, not you. This could potentially save you thousands on car repairs.

 

Older, used cars, however, should be looked at more thoroughly before purchasing. Instill the help of a mechanic you trust to be sure you don't end up with a lemon.

 

Fuel Economy. Is fuel economy a concern of yours? If so, be sure to learn the mpg of any vehicles you are interested in before making a purchase. This is especially true if you opt for non-hybrid vehicles. Along with researching the mph of vehicles, it is important to also take into consideration how and where you drive. Do you drive in heavy city traffic? Only for short errands? On long trips out of town? All of these questions are important to ask yourself so you can find a vehicle that will provide you with optimal fuel economy for your personal needs.

 

Needs Versus Wants. Sure, cars get us where we need to go, but they come with a lot more appealing qualities than that. Some are new and shiny, others are full of comfort and luxury appeal. Some have good safety and gadgets. If we're lucky, we can find a vehicle with all of these things. But, before you go searching for the ultimate vehicle that has anything and everything in it, stop and think: what qualities and features do I really need and which do I just want? All of the things that fall into your want category will bump up the price, so be sure to separate your needs from your wants before making a decision.

 

For all your car needs, visit our Buick dealership in Emmaus, PA.

 

Kelly Buick GMC sells new or used carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Easton, Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged new Buick Encore, new Buicks, Buick, Buick cars, buick dealer, new car, car shopping, on 06/28/2016 at 3:14 PM

GMC Acadia

If the road awaits you this summer, having an SUV is most likely the ultimate choice. Take the 2016 GMC Acadia, for instance. It features an abundance of cargo space, seating for up to eight and top crash test scores. It's also smooth and compliant making it a truly enjoyable ride for all. But, if you want to experience summer travels free of car woes, it's a good idea to prep your vehicle ahead of time. Here are some important ways to prep your SUV to ensure safe adventurous.

 

Tire Pressure. Driving along without a care in the world when you suddenly have to pull over due to a flat or blown tire is a huge downer. While flat tires can sometimes be unavoidable, there are ways to lower the risk of tire problems. One is by ensuring your tires have the correct air pressure. Tires with improper air pressure can cause many problems. Tires with an air pressure that's too high are unable to make adequate contact with the ground. This can lead to bouncing along the road, as well as slipping, especially in wet conditions. Tires with air pressure that is too low have too much contact with the ground. This can cause tires to overheat, as well as lower fuel economy – a definitely con when on a road trip where mpg really matters. To avoid tire woes, always check tire pressure before hitting the road and regularly during your travels.

 

Change Oil and Air Filter. Every time you drive your car, stress is put on the motor. During a long trip, your motor endures even more. If you want your engine to continue to run – and run its best – be sure to get an oil change. Regular oil changes are always important, but even more so before long road travels. Engines require motor oil to run and function properly. Without a regular supply of fresh, clean oil, your engine can experience damage, which will lead to expensive repairs.

 

During an oil change, it is a good time to go ahead and have your air filter inspected and changed if needed. The air filter is required to keep your engine functioning by keeping all dirt and debris out. Air filters are a fairly cheap replacement as well as an easy way to keep your engine in good condition.

 

Check All Lights and Signals. When traveling on road, you want to play it as safe as possible. A good way to ensure safe travels is with good visibility. To see and be seen, check all lights and signals before hitting the road. This includes headlights, taillights, brake lights and blinkers. If any don't work, replace them. Word to the wise: grab some spare bulbs to keep in your car during the trip ahead. This will make replacing any lights that decide to blow out a breeze.

 

Replace Windshield Wipers. Windshield wipers are an easy thing to forget about – until it's too late and you're stuck in a storm. So chances are, you could use a new set of wiper blades. Unless your wipers are fairly new, make sure to get them replaced before leaving town so will be able to clearly see out of your windshield – especially in poor weather conditions.

 

Emergency Equipment. Emergency equipment is always a good idea, but especially so during travels far from home. Before leaving town, make sure to have a box of emergency items inside your vehicle. Emergency supplies, include:

  • spare tire

  • extra cell phone and charger

  • medical kit

  • tools (e.g., flashlight with extra batteries, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.)

For the perfect summer travels, make the 2016 GMC Acadia your own by visiting our dealership in Emmaus, PA.

Kelly Buick GMC sells new or used carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Easton, Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged new GMC Acadia, new Acadia, GMC, Acadia SUV, GMC SUVs, new SUVs, summer car prep, car tips, gmc dealer, on 06/28/2016 at 11:06 PM

GMC Yukon

SUVs are a smart choice for anyone seeking a vehicle with more space for passengers and cargo and the ability to tow and haul. Many of them are quite pleasing to look at too. Unfortunately, SUVS tend to get a bad rep in the safety world. Why exactly? Take the 2016 GMC Yukon, for instance. It's a beast in performance, as well as size. This is great for many things, but its large size is actually part of its downfall. Large SUVs can make navigation and visibility much more difficult than in other vehicles; in turn, driver error is more likely. Another reason is that many SUVs, especially large ones, handle much differently than other vehicles like small cars. In order to keep yourself, and others, safe on the road, here are some important safety tips to follow when driving an SUV.

 

Practice Makes Perfect. Remember when you were first learning to drive, and your mom, dad or someone else you trusted took the time to teach you the ways of the road? More than likely, they probably took you to an empty parking lot or some other rarely occupied area so you could practice before you made your first highway merge. When you opt for an SUV, the best way to learn how it drives is to get out there and practice. Before hitting the open road, do yourself – and others – a favor by driving your SUV in empty parking lots, and other less populated areas. This way you can get used to the brakes, steering and overall handling and be safe when on the road.

 

Learn the Brakes. The braking system in any vehicle you drive is crucial to your safety. Rules like no tailgating, and so on, are very important to follow so your brakes will be able to stop your vehicle in enough time to avoid a crash. But, did you know, SUVs have a longer stopping time/distance than most other vehicles? This is especially true in bad weather. To ensure you always stop in time, take the time to learn how your SUVs brakes work and that you take driving and stopping seriously.

 

Buck Up. No one needs to tell you that seat belts are vital to on-road safety. You already know this. You are also more than likely aware that not wearing a seatbelt can be fatal and that is can also lead to a ticket in most states. Seat belts are always a necessity, but they can be even more so in SUVs. This is because they are at a higher risk for rollovers. When behind the wheel of your SUVs, always be sure you, and all of your passengers, are buckled up before venturing onto the road.

 

Maintain Your Vehicle. No matter what vehicle you drive, it comes with a vast amount of maintenance services and occasional repairs to deal with. It may feel like a lot of work at times. It may even feel like a waste of time and money. But, it is actually the path that will lead you and your SUV to on-road safety. By staying on top of regular maintenance services, such as brake checks/repairs, oil changes, tire pressure, etc., you can ensure your vehicle is in optimal shape to keep you safe when behind the wheel.

 

Don't Overload. As previously stated, one of the perks of SUVs is space – something that sedans and smaller cars just can't compete with. While this is a great quality, don't let it go to your head. Packing a full load of passengers and cargo can cause the center of gravity in your SUV to increase. This poses a potentially higher risk of rollovers.

 

Another problem that can occur from a full load deals with excess weight. Making your SUV carry too much weight can cause wear and tear to the brakes, can cause tires to overheat, and can have increase the risk of a blowout. With all of this being said, just because your SUV has the space, doesn't mean you should overload it.

 

To check out the 2016 GMC Yukon, and for other automotive tips, visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.

Kelly Buick GMC sells new or used carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Easton, Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged new GMC, new GMC Yukon, new suv, large SUVs, GMC dealer, new car, on 06/23/2016 at 5:26 PM

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