OnStar Proactive Alerts Can Predict Vehicle Issues

Unfortunately, we become aware of many vehicle issues after it’s too late. Either they leave us stranded or we are caught unawares and forced to rush to get service. That’s when you find out who your real friends are, when you are on the phone saying, “Hi… I hate to bother you but… Can you pick me up at the repair shop?” All of the sudden, everyone you know and love is just too busy to help.

OnStar proactive alerts - 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Don’t worry, though—Chevrolet is there for you. The automaker has created a service that can actually make you aware of an issue before it becomes an issue. These alerts are available in 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Equinox vehicles.

So, What Exactly Does It Do?

Chevrolet vehicles are full of high-tech sensors. As these sensors collect information, they constantly analyze the flow of data to look for anomalies. If certain changes in the fuel pump, starter motor and/or 12 volt battery are detected, then the new OnStar Proactive Alerts system will let you know.

At that point, you can make an appointment with a service specialist. They can then have the issue resolved before you experience any inconvenience. Wiesner of Huntsville is ready to take care of your vehicle!

Top Three Reasons To Drive Instead Of Fly

For a lot of people, the choice to take a plane or a car is merely an economical one. You crunch the numbers and see if the ticket is less expensive than the gas. But you can’t forget about the intangibles! And that’s what our top three reasons to drive instead of fly are all about.

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Why You Should Drive Instead of Fly

# 3 – Claustrophobia

Arguably the most unpleasant aspect of flying is the lack of personal space. They pack you in like sardines, and you spend the whole flight bumping elbows with total strangers. In a car, there’s so much more room, and you get stop any time you want to stretch your legs.

# 2 – Fresh air

Notice how flying makes you exhausted? It’s not that there is less oxygen in the cabin, it’s that your blood absorbs less oxygen at such high altitudes. As a result, you come off the plane feeling—and many times looking—like a zombie. If you drive instead of fly, you get benefit of full oxygen absorption (assuming it’s not a mountain trip).

# 1 – Scenery

You know that no matter how stunning the view from the window seat is, before long you are going to fall asleep, followed by waking up with a crick in your neck. In the car, the scenery is right there. You can almost reach out and grab it. In fact, admiring the scenery on a road trip may be the best reason to drive instead of fly.

Tips for Saving Fuel in Summer

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After a long period of low gas prices we haven’t seen since the 1990s, gas prices are starting to rise again, just in time for the fuel-sapping heat of summer. Here are some helpful tips on saving fuel in summer to keep you out of gas-related debt on your road trip vacation.

Summer is hard on fuel use because it’s hot, and you want to use your air conditioning a lot or have the windows rolled down. Both of these things affect fuel economy—AC uses more energy, and rolling the windows down increases drag, which uses more gas.

To minimize how hard your AC has to work, it’s also a good idea to keep your car as cool as possible. Park in the shade or in a garage when you can, leave the windows down so air can cycle through, and roll them down for a few minutes before turning on the AC so the car has time to cool off.

Otherwise, follow the usual fuel-saving rules: don’t go too fast, coast to a stop, and lay off the brake.

How to Replace a Car Battery

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It’s not too hard to replace a car battery – much easier than you think! So if you don’t want to spend the money on a maintenance trip but your battery is shot, you should be able to do this at home by following these simple steps.

Always let your vehicle cool off before you start working under the hood or you might burn yourself. Once the vehicle is cool, find the battery and start by disconnecting the black (negative) battery cable from the battery using a wrench or, preferably, a tool designed for the job like a battery wrench. Be very careful not to let metal touch the battery posts.

Next disconnect the red (positive) cable. There will be a clamp holding the battery in place; remove it and place any loose parts in a secure spot where they won’t get lost. Now, pull the battery out, being careful not to wiggle it too much and hit the sides.

Put the new battery in its place and secure it again with the clamp. Clean it off, remove the caps on the posts, and then apply dielectric grease and put anti-corrosion washers on the posts. Reconnect the cables, starting with the positive.

How to Protect Your Car in Hot Weather

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As the weather heats up, the wear and tear on your car can get worse. Here are a few ways you can protect your car in hot weather:

  1. Use a windshield sun shade – These protect your interior from baking in the heat and keeps your car cooler when you get back inside after a hot day.
  2. Use protective sprays – There are products available that can provide another protective layer, like vinyl or leather protectants.
  3. Consider tinted windows – You’ll need to review your state’s regulations on the amount you can tint a window, but these can keep your upholstery from cracking.
  4. Park in the shade – This is obvious, but when you can, park in the shade. Look for streets where the shade created by buildings will pass over your car during the hottest part of the day.
  5. Check the car’s battery – When it gets hot, excessive fluid evaporation reduces the life of the battery. Make sure it’s functioning in top shape.
  6. Travel when it’s cooler – If you can, try to drive during the cooler parts of the day, like early morning or late evening. It will be easier on you, your passengers, and your car.

Chevy, Buick, and GMC Expand Military Discounts

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Through May 31st, 2016, Chevy, Buick, and GMC will be expanding their military discounts for U.S. military veterans and their spouses in honor of National Military Appreciation Month.

GM offers the most comprehensive automotive military discount program in the industry. The program is available to U.S. military veterans within one year of separation, active-duty members, reservists, retirees, and their spouses. And, in honor of May being National Military Appreciation Month, the program will now expand to all veterans and spouses, regardless of their separation date.

The discount is available for popular models, including the all-new Chevrolet Malibu, GMC Sierra, and Buick Encore. Plus, the discount can be combined with current incentives, so veterans could save thousands of dollars on brand new models.

“The Military Discount is one of many GM efforts to say thank you to U.S. military families,” said Ken Barrett, GM chief diversity officer and former U.S. Navy captain.

GM has supported the U.S. military since 1917, when 90% of GM’s trucks were manufactured for WWI. And today, GM maintains the support by hiring and helping the latest generation of veterans. We want to thank every person who has served our country. It takes a brave soul to join, and we want to show our appreciation at Wiesner of Huntsville.

GMC Sierra All Terrain X – This is What Off-Roading is About

2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X

GMC has launched a limited-edition off-road version of the Sierra pickup truck called the Sierra All Terrain X. Forget what the competition is offering: this is what off-roading is all about.

The 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X features aggressive off-road styling and capability, with design cues taken from past pickup trucks, including a sloping back connecting the roof line with the edge of the truck bed.

It comes equipped with 18- by 8.5-inch black aluminum wheels as well as black mirrors, moldings, and pillars to enhance its aggressive looks. Meanwhile, a set of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires grant superior traction in gravel, dirt, and mud, and the famed Z71 off-road suspension package with hill-descent technology make it nigh-impossible to lose control on a hill.

“Styling is the biggest influence on Sierra customers and the new Sierra All Terrain X builds on that with a more aggressive, personalized appearance that complements its exceptional capability,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC sales and marketing.

The 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X will be hit our showrooms at Wiesner of Huntsville this spring.

New Chevy Ad Was Directed by Horror Movie Director Sam Raimi

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When you watch a horror movie, do you ever find yourself wishing the characters were a little smarter? Ever catch yourself uselessly shouting at the screen, “No, don’t open that door”?

If you do, Chevrolet knows exactly what that’s like—and it captured that feeling in its latest ad for the all-new Cruze and Malibu, available at Wiesner of Huntsville.

It was directed by Michigan-born filmmaker Sam Raimi, who you might recognize as the name behind the supernatural cult horror film Evil Dead.

The new Chevy ad features one of those stereotypical, scared-but-clueless characters that you might find in horror films—usually one of those who are first to run to their death in a remarkable display of lack of survival instincts.

This time, though, she does survive, thanks to the audience’s warnings—which, the ad points out, are not unlike the warnings the all-new 2016 Chevy Cruze and Malibu will give you when you aren’t paying attention to danger on the road.

Chevy Bolt Available To Lyft Drivers

As if the Chevrolet Bolt will need any help populating the streets of this great nation, Chevy and Lyft have partnered together to make sure that the Bolt gets all of the use it deserves.

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Admittedly, Chevy has reason to support Lyft. After all, the automaker recently made a $500 million investment in the ride-sharing service. Chevy announced its contribution only a day before they revealed the all-new Chevrolet Bolt.

According to Forbes, Lyft is establishing rental centers in various urban areas around the country. Chevy plans to make the Bolt available for Lyft drivers as short-rentals at these nationwide rental centers. It’s a great robust model for transportation. Drivers rent the cars, earn money giving folks rides and then return the cars.

Needless to say, the Chevrolet Bolt should prove very popular with Lyft drivers. Why is that? Drivers will be able to travel over 200 miles on a single charge.

Chevy and Lyft have also working together to eventually offer driverless cars to customers.

A Few Of The Best Podcasts Around

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For a lot of people, the daily commute is the most boring and frustrating part of their day. On your way to work, you are just trying not to be late. And on your way home, you just want to relax and binge on Netflix or start dinner for the family.

One of the best ways to enhance your commute is by listening to the best podcasts. Here are a few…

  1. Mystery Show

    This podcast has the coolest premise ever. Host Starlee Kine investigates odd, everyday mysteries. For instance, in one episode, she helps find the owner of a seat belt that was found lying in a gutter!

  2. Radiolab

    This classic podcast is still going strong. The hosts find a way to make the natural sciences powerfully engaging through odd and interesting, and often very personal, stories.

  3. Serial

    The first season of Serial was quite possibly the best podcast series ever made. Season two is focusing on the case of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a one-time prisoner of the Taliban who now faces charges of treason and dereliction of duty.

Find plenty more exciting podcasts here!