Do you know if your car is ready for Summer? Its probably a good idea to bring it in to our Service Center for a Spring Tuneup! Call 406-651-5000 to schedule an appointment.
Here are some areas of focus:
Fluids: Fluid leaks are the enemy of your car! When the fluid levels drop, your vehicle will stop. The top fluids to check are the coolant, oil and transmission fluid level. If the radiator gaskets and seals aren’t sealing properly, this is an easy way for a leak to start. If anything is low, or if seals are cracked or deformed, it’s time for a service appointment.
Hoses and Belts: Hoses and Belts are often plastic or rubber, and these materials naturally deteriorate with age. Temperature extremes (which we have a lot of in Montana) also factor in to accelerated aging. Belts and Hoses are vital to the reliable operation of your car’s systems. They tie all of the electrical (headlights and brake lights, wipers, turn signals, etc.), and heating and cooling systems into your engine. If belts are loose or excessively cracked or worn, or if hoses are soft or fractured, it may be time for a replacement.
Battery: Batteries don’t like the cold. And Montana has plenty of cold winter weather, which strains the electrical system and can shorten the life of even the best batteries. If there’s corrosion or leakage, or if the battery is more than two years old, it’s probably time for a new one. A dead battery will leave you stranded!
Oil System: Oil is the blood of your engine. Changing oil too infrequently can let particulate, gunk and tiny metal shavings build up and damage internal components. If you’re using regular oil, every 3,000 or so miles might be a good time to get it changed. Synthetic oils are generally a little bit more expensive, but last longer. Consult your car’s owner manual for the recommended oil change schedule, and don’t forget. It’s also a good idea to change the filter each time you change the oil. Lastly, this is also a good time to change the cabin or engine air filter to get maximum performance from your engine. Can’t remember the last time your oil was changed? It’s probably past due! Bring it in to our Service Center where our Certified Technicians can help.
Air-Conditioning System: If you like staying cool when the summer heat cranks up, pay attention to the A/C system! Inspect the compressor belt for cracking and wear. If when you turn the system on, it doesn’t blow some frigid air at you, it’s probably time to have the compressor and refrigerant levels checked, and recharged or serviced if low.
Tires: Few things matter to vehicle drivability more than the good condition of tires. Both pressure and condition are vital. Low pressure can cause a blowout and will ruin your gas mileage. High pressure can cause very uneven tire wear, and short tire life. Check the sticker on your drivers’ side door jam and verify the pressure is correct. Make sure you are getting your tires rotated. Not rotating tires every 6,000-7,500 miles or so may void warranties. Have questions about tires? Just give us a call!
Engine Cooling System: AC keeps you from overheating, and Engine Coolant keeps your car’s engine from over-heating. Is your coolant low? It might be leaking. Is it a strange color? Dark? It probably is in need of a flush. Dirty or low coolant can affect engine performance and engine life.
Have questions about any of this? Give us a call at 406-651-5000 or check our Service Website at http://www.rimrockgm.com/Service . Don’t forget to check our specials, here: http://www.rimrockgm.com/Specials/auto-service
2014 Sierra’s New 4.3L Tops in Standard V-6 Pickup Torque | GMC PRESS RELEASE
New EcoTec3 engine continues rich GMC V-6 heritage
DETROIT – When the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra full-size pickup arrives this summer, its standard 4.3L EcoTec V-6 it will offer the most torque of any standard V-6 in the segment – 305 lb-ft (413 Nm).
Buyers will choose from three new, advanced EcoTec3 engines – a 5.3L available at launch, followed by the 4.3L and 6.2L versions available later this year. All are designed specifically for the high trailering and hauling demands unique to truck buyers.
Torque is the turning force that generates off-the-line acceleration and confident trailering performance. Sierras equipped with the 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 will have trailering ratings up to 7,200 pounds (3,266 kg) for a regular cab, short bed, four-wheel-drive model – 500 pounds more than the most capable Ford F-150 3.7L and 700 pounds more than a Ram 1500 3.6L. Sierra’s standard V-6 produces an SAE-certified 285 horsepower (212 kW) and is matched with a proven, efficient six-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates will be released later.
Like Sierra’s optional 5.3L and 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 engines, the new V-6 features three state-of-the-art technologies – direct injection, active fuel management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing – that have been proven and perfected through 6 million hours of computational analysis by engineers studying the combustion process. In all, 10 million CPU hours were spent refining and making the most of the Sierra’s EcoTec3 engines.
“This is technology no other truck maker can match, and we offer it in every EcoTec3 engines, for every customer,” said Jordan Lee, GM Powertrain chief engineer. “It is a standard feature, so our drivers get our best and most sophisticated technology regardless of trim level.”
Although they share only a handful of parts with previous Sierra engines, the new EcoTec3 V-6 builds on experience gained from millions of trucks and billions of real-world customer miles resulting from a half-century of leadership in V-6 engine development. In 1960, GMC debuted the first V-6 pickup truck ever and offered it exclusively through most of the ’60s.
That engine, offered in various displacements starting at 5.0L, was designed with aluminum pistons, improved cooling and a stout crankshaft and bearings designed for unprecedented durability.
“The family of V-6 engines introduced in 1960 was designed to last, and I’ve heard of some owners going more than 450,000 miles on the original engine,” said Donald Meyer, GMC truck historian. “They had really high torque and pulled loads well. GMC engineers know how to build durable, reliable engines that never quit.”
Like the 2014 engine, the 4.3L V-6 introduced as standard equipment for GMC half-ton pickups in 1985 used geometry and engineering from the brand’s proven Small Block V-8. As with today’s V-6, engineers studied the combustion chamber, developing “Vortec” technology that swirled the air and fuel inside the engine to create a more homogenous mix, improving power and efficiency. That engine was the basis for new generations of engines through the 2013 model year.
2014 Sierra models with the 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 go on sale later this year with a suggested starting price of $25,085, including a destination charge of $995 but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry’s healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. The 2014 Sierra half-ton pickup boasts all-new powertrains and design, and the Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks ever built by GMC. Every retail GMC model, including Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs, is now available in Denali luxury trim.
Details on all GMC models are available at www.rimrockgm.com
NEW GMC CADILLAC STORE TO BREAK GROUND IN BILLINGS MONTANA
April 22, 2013:
BILLINGS, MT – General Motors Corporation announced today the ground breaking of their newest facility – a new Rimrock GMC Cadillac store – that will be built next to Volkswagen Billings on the corner of Shiloh and King Avenue West at 840 South Shiloh Road in Billings West End.
A special ground breaking ceremony will take place at the new site promptly at 11:00 am on Wednesday April 24th, 2013, hosted by owners John & Ann Soares, Steve & Susan Zabawa and Rimrock GMC Cadillac General Manager, Tony Woolery.
A distinguished list of state and community leaders have accepted invitations to the event including: City of Billings Mayor Tom Hanel, Montana Senate Majority Leader from Billings’ District 28, Jeff Essman; John Ostlund, Yellowstone County Commissioner; Bruce McIntyre, Director of Business Advocacy for the Billings Chamber of Commerce and former General Motors Pontiac and Cadillac dealer; Greg Kohn, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Billings Chamber of Commerce; Wayne Nelson and Scott Sanders from Stockman Bank construction financing team; Bruce Davis and Ghram Debes, from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) inventory financing team; Bill DuBeau and Jim Baker from A&E Architects, as well as Jerry Jones from Jones Construction, the building’s general contractor.
General Motors Corporation will be represented by Denver Region Sales and Service Manager for Buick-GMC Division, Rory Gambrell.
“Montana IS truck country and General Motors has been pleased with our representation of the GMC and Cadillac lines,” stated Mr. Zabawa, “They are not only supporting us financially in this expansion but have also pledged additional inventory in recognition of Billings as a major regional automotive shopping hub.”
With the continued expansion of Billings’ west side, the new Rimrock GMC Cadillac dealership will be in the heart of that growth directly across from Shiloh Crossing and the new Scheel’s destination store – as well as being located on the west end entry point to King Avenue’s regionally renown “Auto Row”.
GMC was the first franchise the Rimrock Auto Group acquired 20 years ago. They have been in the same building for 2 decades at 2540 Phyllis separated from their service department half a block away. “We told our architects that the sales and service environments for modern dealerships now need to be integrated. Customers like to be more involved in the service process as well as being in touch with evolving automotive technology. “added Mr. Soares, “Our new facility will showcase the future of automobile retailing. GMC’s professional grade brand identity and Cadillac’s luxury identity will also be a centerpiece of this new sales and service center.”
Rimrock GMC Cadillac will continue to service and sell new and used vehicles out of their existing facility just off 24th St across from Rimrock Mall until the new dealership is opened approximately December 2013.
ABOUT RIMROCK AUTO GROUP
Rimrock GMC Cadillac are a part of the eight brand network of dealerships represented by the Rimrock Auto Group in Billings, Montana. Subaru, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu Medium Duty Trucks, Volkswagen, Sprinter Commercial Vans as well as CarNu Detailing and Rimrock Express Lube all operate under the Rimrock corporate umbrella.
For additional information, contact Steve Zabawa at 406-294-7000 or email to:firstname.lastname@example.org
General Motors is planning to bring new mid-size trucks to the US market next year, and is planning to give us a look at them this fall, says Mark Reuss, GM North America President.
However, Reuss cautions to “not think of them as Canyon and Colorado replacements, because they’re not”. This is interesting news; the GMC Canyon was discontinued last year. The new production vehicles are likely to be all new, with ‘much of the big-Sierra feel and higher fuel economy’, according to Reuss. They will be built at GM’s Wentzville Plant in Missouri.
The new GMC mid-size truck will fill a gap in the current lineup, offering many working professionals a vehicle that will better balance the rigors of on-the-job performance with casual free time hobbies like fly fishing or transporting ATVs after the work day has ended.
To read more, check out the article on Detroit News, here: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130416/AUTO0103/304160402/1148/auto01/GM-bring-new-mid-size-trucks-market-2014
To see, or test drive our extensive GMC lineup, check out our website at http://www.rimrockgm.com !
Check out the newly leaked computer rendering of the new 2014 Cadillac CTS! What can we infer from this photo? Still fitting in the compact to midsize range, the new drawing shows refinement while retaining the strong lines and quality features.
Its rumored that the engine will be something along the lines of a 2.0-liter inline-four turbo LTG (270-280 hp), or a 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 LFX (330 hp), with a possiblity of a higher horsepower, all new LT1 V8, or even a diesel model!
This car, with anticipated improvements, will probably target the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 series cars as direct competition.
The new CTS is scheduled for a public debut at the New York Auto Show at the end of the month.
Interested in Cadillac luxury vehicles? Check out our extensive new and used inventory at Rimrock GMC Cadillac at www.rimrockgm.com
Edmunds.com puts the ATS’s adaptive cruise control to the test, calling it “better technology to help us stay safe.”
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 3,520 miles
…Out on the freeway, early afternoon traffic was heavy but still moving. Using steering wheel-mounted controls, I set the adaptive cruise control to 70 mph. However, the cars around me were only going about 55 mph. The radar sensors in the Cadillac monitor the car in front of me and matched its speed.
Suddenly, as so often happens in Los Angeles, another car swerved into the gap in front of me, practically grazing my front bumper. Before I could react, I felt the car’s brakes slowing the Cadillac. I got an eerie sense that an unseen driver is looking over my shoulder and protecting me. The Caddy slowed and soon a comfortable gap between my car and the intruder was restored. When the driver in front pulled out of my lane my speed built again until I reached the 70 mph adaptive cruise control setting….
To see our inventory of the acclaimed Cadillac ATS, check out our website at www.rimrockgm.com
Check out the new 2013 Cadillac XTS in a TV commercial some are calling “the best car ad on TV today!”