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Buick Enclave

In the market for a family vehicle? The 2016 Buick Enclave is a large, eight-passenger SUV that provides a luxury ride, generous cargo capacity, and top safety scores. But at some point, your Enclave may experience brake problems. To be prepared, here are some warning signs to watch out for.


Strange Sounds


If you take a moment to turn down your music, you'll be able to listen out for any strange sounds your brakes may be making. One sound you may hear is a high-pitched squeal. This sound is from a small indicator in your braking system that alerts you when your brake pads need to be replaced. This warning sensor can be heard inside your car with the windows up; it may be a bit tricky to hear over a blasting sound system though.


Another noise that can occur when your brake pads are in bad shape is a harsh grounding sound. If you hear this noise, watch out! This sound means that your brake pads have completely worn through, and when you apply the brakes, the metal of the calipers is grinding against the metal of your rotors. This is a horrible way to stop your car. Not only is it an ineffective stopping method, but it will damage your rotors, which can lead to expensive repairs.




Does your car seem to have a mind of its own lately? Pulling left or right when driving or braking? If you've noticed your car pulling, this could be a sign of a problem with the braking system. There are a number of scenarios as to what the problem could be. One is a stuck caliper. A stuck caliper causes friction to occur on one wheel, which can cause your car to pull to the side where the caliper is stuck.


Other brake-related scenarios that could cause your vehicle to pull to one side while driving or stop are uneven brake pads or a collapsed brake hose. Uneven brake pads cause different amounts of pressure to be applied to the wheels, resulting in pulling. A collapsed brake hose causes the calipers to move unevenly when the brakes are applied. Both of these problems can cause pulling.




Under normal braking situations, your car should come to a smooth stop. However, if your brake pedal pulses or vibrates during a typical stop, it means trouble. A vibrating brake pedal is usually due to warped rotors. Rotors generally only become warped when under extreme stress for an extended period, such as braking continuously down a steep mountainside or braking frequently while towing something heavy. A vibrating brake pedal can also be due to misaligned wheels.


Erratic Brake Pedal


Along with strange sounds, pulling, and vibrations, your brake pedal may show signs that something is wrong with the braking system. A mushy brake pedal – one that sinks to the floor before engaging the brakes – could indicate worn brake pads or a problem with the hydraulic system (air in the line, an air leak or brake fluid leak).


An oversensitive brake pedal – one that causes the brakes to grab at even the slightest touch – is another warning sign of brake problems. An oversensitive brake pedal could indicate an unevenly worn rotor or dirty or contaminated brake fluid.


To learn more about the 2016 Buick Enclave and for all your braking system needs, 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 buick, buick enclave, new buick, buick dealer, new suv, buick suv, on 08/10/2016 at 9:37 PM

Buick Verano

Small cars aren't always known for luxury, but Buick mixes the two perfectly with their 2016 Verano. The Verano may be compact in size, but it's turning heads for many reasons. It delivers a composed ride, quiet interior, strong and efficient turbocharged engine, and lots of high-tech features to boast about. Not only that, but it offers competitive pricing, which makes it more easily available to many.


But, while new cars are shiny and clean and have a way of instantly attracting buyers, purchasing a new car is about more than just shiny paint and a new-car smell .. it is a huge investment! Before you sign on the dotted line, ask yourself the following questions first!


Do I really need a car?


When you first ask yourself if you need a new car, your initial instinct is probably to scream out, “Yes!” But before you do, carefully think the question over. How often do you use your current car? How often will you use a new car? Does your current car run okay?


Owning a car is expensive so if you don't use your current car very often, you may not need to invest in a brand new one. Not only that, but if you are just bored with your current car, you may want to reconsider such an extravagant purchase until the car you do have no longer runs or serves its purpose.


What will I use it for?


Before even going shopping for a car, it's vital to first ask yourself what you will use a new car for. Will you take it on long drives or mostly start-stop outings? Depending on your answer to even just this one question, the type of car you will require may vary. Different makes and models are better suited for particular needs than others. If you intend to do a lot of city driving, for instance, a hybrid will probably suit your needs much better than an SUV.


When deciding on the type of car you need, it is also important to consider your annual mileage and calculate the fuel economy of any car you're interested in. If you are going to put a lot of miles on a car, you want to ensure you will be able to afford the gas it needs to get you where you need to go.


Who will be using/riding in it?


A sleek, sporty number may work great for one person, but this type of car would be a terrible choice for a family of five. Before deicing on a car, you want to consider the number of people who will be using or riding in it, along with each person's needs.


What features do I want and need?


Cars come with all sorts of equipment, features and gadgets that can easily turn a simple car into an extravagant toy. But, before you tack on every single optional item available, you may want to stop and think for a moment. Do you really need additional audio speakers? Do your front seats really need a heating function? These types of niceties don't come free – or cheap. If you don't need them, be sure to stay firm and say no. Otherwise, you may end up with a car that you can't afford that's loaded with items you don't use.


Check the 2016 Buick Verano at 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 buick, buick verano, new buick, new sedan, buick sedan, buick dealer, on 08/10/2016 at 10:45 PM

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

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