10-11-19

Tips for spring cleaning your car

Spring is right around the corner, and we’re big fans of getting ourselves organized for the upcoming season by doing a bit of spring cleaning. We take our spring cleaning seriously, so we extended the cleaning duties outside of our house. We spend a lot of time in our cars, so giving them a little bit of TLC goes a long way. Read on for some of our best tips and tricks for spring cleaning your vehicle!

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How to spring clean your vehicle

Work down from top

The ceiling is often a forgotten area when cleaning your vehicle, so we recommend starting there. Wipe down the ceiling with a microfiber cloth to remove dust or stains. Once this has been completed, you can move on to the seats. If your vehicle has leather seats, wipe the seats down with a wet cloth and use a toothbrush or grout brush to remove crumbs and dust from crevices. If you have cloth seats, use a quality upholstery cleaner to remove any stains gathered throughout the winter.

Wipe everything down

The dashboard area is notorious for gathering dust and germs, so protect yourself from getting sick down the road by using an antibacterial wipe over the entire dashboard, center console and steering wheel. We also recommend keeping some antibacterial wipes in your vehicle at all times and regularly wiping these areas down. You can also wipe down your windows with windex and a cloth to remove any salt that has built up on windows during the winter months.

Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum

We track a lot of dirt, salt, and grime into our vehicle throughout the long winter months, so vacuuming your floor and floor mats will definitely be worth your while. You’ll want to start by removing the floor mats from your vehicle and vacuuming them separately. If your floor mats are made of carpet, you may want to use a stain remover on them before washing them. If the floor mats are rubber, hose them down or use a pressure washer to remove all the built up salt and grime.

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Our last recommendation for getting your vehicle ready for spring is to have it checked out by professionals to make sure everything is functioning properly. If you are due for scheduled maintenance, now is a perfect time to have that taken care of as well. Drivers ready to bring their vehicles in to be checked out at Craig Dunn Motor City are encouraged to schedule a service appointment online or give our service department a call today!

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10-11-19

How to throw an American-style Super Bowl party in Canada

Even though Canada is known more for our hockey skills than our football skills, we still enjoy watching a good American football game every now and then. With the biggest football game of the year quickly approaching, our team here at Craig Dunn Motor City is giving away all of our secrets for throwing an American-style Super Bowl party!

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What do I need to throw a Super Bowl Party?

Snacks

The first thing you’ll need for a successful Super Bowl party is snacks, and you’ll need a lot of them. They don’t necessarily need to be homemade though. Pizza, burgers, wings and a variety of appetizers are a good first step to throwing an American-style Super Bowl Party.

Drinks

You’ll want to make sure you have a variety of drinks available if you’re trying to throw an authentic American Super Bowl Party. Soda and water are necessities, but feel free to have your guests bring their own alcoholic beverages to save yourself some money.

Football-themed decorations

One of the most important parts of throwing a true American-style Super Bowl party is having a bunch of football-themed decorations. You’ll definitely want to be sporting a jersey, but it’s not necessary for the jersey to belong a team that’s playing in the game.

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Do you have any other tips and tricks you’re willing to share with your fellow Canadians for throwing an American-style Super Bowl party? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure to pass along your pointers!

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10-09-19

How to clean your car’s cloth seats

If you own a car with a cloth interior, your seats are going to get dirty. It’s inevitable, but they don’t need to stay dirty. We’ve picked up some great tips and tricks throughout our time in the automotive industry, and you know that we’re believers in sharing the information that’ll help make your life easier! For easy solutions to cleaning your car’s cloth seats, keep reading!

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Cleaning fabric seats in a car

Your fabric seats are going to get dirty at some point, but luckily for you, it’s pretty easy to restore your seating surfaces to their original glory. The first thing you’ll want to do is remove any dirt or debris covering the seats by thoroughly vacuuming. Once you have finished vacuuming, you’ll want to lightly spray the seats with a high-quality fabric and cloth cleaning solution. Make sure you don’t spray too much or allow the spray to saturate or over-soak the seats, as this may cause mold in the underlying cushion.

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Immediately after spraying a small area of the seat, use a soft interior brush to get a thorough clean. Dirt and grime will be picked up, so make sure you have a microfiber towel on hand to scoop up any debris. If you notice that there are still stains on the seats after this has been completed, it’s time to call the heavy hitter. An interior scrub pad should do the trick, but be careful to not scrub too hard or the seat’s fibers. Once the seats are clean, you’re going to want to vacuum again just to make sure you’ve picked up all the dirt and grime before it reattaches to the seat.

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Drivers interested in learning more tips and tricks from our team here at Craig Dunn Motor City are encouraged to contact us today at 888-611-6021. Interested in seeing us cover a specific topic on our blog? Let us know in the comments below!

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10-09-19

How to connect your smartphone to GMC’s Bluetooth® system

Understanding new vehicle technology can be tough, especially if you aren’t particularly tech-savvy. But that’s what you have us for! We want you to feel comfortable using all types of new vehicle technologies, so we’re breaking down how to connect your Bluetooth® enabled device to GMC’s IntelliLink Infotainment System.

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Pairing your Bluetooth® device with GMC IntelliLink

Before you can pair your Bluetooth® enabled device to GMC’s IntelliLink System, you’ll want to make sure your device’s Bluetooth® is turned on. It’s also important to turn on “discoverable” mode so your GMC will be able to find the device. Once this is done, you’re ready to connect your device. You now have three options for connecting your device: using voice commands, using the radio screen, or using the infotainment system. It’s important to note you may not have all three of these options depending on which GMC vehicle you own.

Pairing using voice commands

  • Press the Push to Talk button
  • Say “Bluetooth”
  • Wait for the beep, then say “Pair”
  • Wait for system to say “Please start a search on your Bluetooth phone”
  • Use your phone or device to search for your vehicle
  • Enter the 4-digit code displayed on the screen or confirm the 6-digit code on your phone matches what is displayed on your radio

Pairing using the radio screen

  • Push either the “CONFIG” button or the “Phone” button in the center of the instrument panel
  • Select “Phone Settings”
  • Choose “Pair Device”
  • Start a search on your phone or other device
  • Locate your vehicle and enter the 4-digit pin shown on the vehicle’s screen
  • Accept the connection if prompted

Pairing using the infotainment system

  • Press “Home”
  • Press “Phone” or touch the “Phone” icon on the touchscreen
  • Choose “Search Device”
  • Select your device from the touchscreen menu
  • You may be asked to confirm the code displayed on the infotainment screen
  • Accept the connection if prompted

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Have another new vehicle technology you would like us to teach you how to use? Let us know in the comments below and your question may be featured in an upcoming blog post! Those with additional questions about pairing your compatible smartphone with GMC’s Bluetooth® system? Feel free to give our team a call, and we’ll get all of your questions answered! Drivers interested in getting behind the wheel of any vehicle in our inventory with Bluetooth® capability are invited to schedule an obligation-free test drive online today!

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10-09-19

How to reset the TPMS light in your Chevy

Although the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is set up in the factory before it even arrives at dealerships, there are a variety of factors that can cause the system to malfunction or need to be reset. It’s actually fairly simple to reset the TPMS light in a Chevy, so read on for step-by-step instructions!

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Resetting the TPMS light in a Chevy

It’s pretty easy to reset the TPMS light in your Chevy, and following the instructions below will save you a trip to the dealership. Not that we aren’t happy to see you if you need some help resetting the light yourself! Take a look at the instructions below, and come see us at Craig Dunn Motor City if you need a little extra help! Before you are able to reset the TPMS light in your Chevy, you’re going to need a J-46079 Tire Pressure Monitor Tester, which is an inexpensive tool that can be purchased online.

  1. With your vehicle off, turn the key to the on position, without actually starting the vehicle
  2. Push the Vehicle Information button using the Driver Information Cluster until “Relearn Tire Positions” displays. Push the “Set/Reset” button, and the message “Tire Learning Active” will display.
  3. If your Chevy is not equipped with the Driver Information Cluster, press and hold the odometer reset until the “Tire Learning Active” message displays
  4. Use the J-46079 Tire Pressure Monitor Tester on the left front tire, holding the antennae to the valve stem, and press the active button. Wait about 10 seconds, and you will hear a horn chirp. Repeat this step for the other three tires in this order: right front tire, right rear tire, left rear tire.
  5. Once you’ve retrained the left rear sensor, turn the key in the ignition to the off position.
  6. Adjust all tires to the recommended PSI. The recommended PSI can be found inside the driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual.
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10-09-19

How to connect to your Buick’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

Learning how to work advanced technology can be tough, not to mention frustrating, but our team here at Craig Dunn Motor City has your back. We’re going to give you a step by step guide, teaching you how to your Wi-Fi enabled device to your Buick’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Connecting to Buick’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

  1. The first step to connecting to your Buick’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot is finding your SSID and password. You won’t be able to connect your device to the hotspot without these two things, and there are multiple ways to find your SSID and password. Probably the easiest way to find them is to hit the white voice command button on your rearview mirror. When the systems says “OnStar ready,” you’ll want to reply with “Wi-Fi settings.” Once you do this, your SSID and password will appear on your Buick’s display. Another way to find your SSID and password is to pull open your  RemoteLink® app and click the hotspot tab, and the information will be displayed. The final way to find your SSID and password is by pushing the blue OnStar button on your rearview mirror. You will be connected to an OnStar advisor who will walk you through the process.
  2. Once you find your SSID and password, you’ll probably want to change both your SSID and password to something that is easier to remember. You can change your SSID and password in the settings tab of your RemoteLink® app or by pushing the blue OnStar button on your rearview mirror.
  3. You are now ready to connect to Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that your Buick’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi can accommodate up to seven devices at any given time, and you won’t be able to exceed that number. To connect your device, go to your device’s settings menu and turn on Wi-Fi. Your device will automatically detect the Wi-Fi hotspot, and once it recognizes the hotspot, click on it. You will then need to enter in your password. Once that is done, you are all connected!

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Buick 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot limitations

The system allows users to easily stream movies, play games or read book, but if you’re out of service range or data, you’ll probably run into issues. You can purchase more data from an OnStar agent by pushing the blue OnStar button on your rearview mirror. For more information about Buick’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot signal strength, watch the video below!

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Drivers interested in learning more about this great technology are encouraged to contact a member of our team at Craig Dunn Motor City. To get behind the wheel of any Buick with the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, schedule an obligation-free test drive online today!

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Resetting the TPMS light in a Chevy

It’s pretty easy to reset the TPMS light in your Chevy, and following the instructions below will save you a trip to the dealership. Not that we aren’t happy to see you if you need some help resetting the light yourself! Take a look at the instructions below, and come see us at Craig Dunn Motor City if you need a little extra help! Before you are able to reset the TPMS light in your Chevy, you’re going to need a J-46079 Tire Pressure Monitor Tester, which is an inexpensive tool that can be purchased online.

  1. With your vehicle off, turn the key to the on position, without actually starting the vehicle
  2. Push the Vehicle Information button using the Driver Information Cluster until “Relearn Tire Positions” displays. Push the “Set/Reset” button, and the message “Tire Learning Active” will display.
  3. If your Chevy is not equipped with the Driver Information Cluster, press and hold the odometer reset until the “Tire Learning Active” message displays
  4. Use the J-46079 Tire Pressure Monitor Tester on the left front tire, holding the antennae to the valve stem, and press the active button. Wait about 10 seconds, and you will hear a horn chirp. Repeat this step for the other three tires in this order: right front tire, right rear tire, left rear tire.
  5. Once you’ve retrained the left rear sensor, turn the key in the ignition to the off position.
  6. Adjust all tires to the recommended PSI. The recommended PSI can be found inside the driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual.
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Have additional questions about how to reset the TPMS light in your Chevy? If so, feel free to contact a member of our team at Craig Dunn Motor City today! We’ll walk you through the steps, or you can bring it in to our location in Portage la Prairie, and we’ll help you reset it in person!

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