“GM has the right equation of automotive technology to simplify service and maintenance,” says Peter Lord, executive director, GM Service Operations. “Each of the industry leading technologies GM has implemented is intended to make life easier for the consumer.”
GM’s Oil Life System informs the driver when an oil change is due based on driving conditions and not on a predetermined time or mileage basis (three months or 3,000 miles as was recommended in the past). The system monitors engine speed and temperature, and the computer continuously examines engine conditions to determine when it’s time to change the oil.
This system can double or even triple the time between oil changes. If used properly, it can help to save time and money connected with unnecessary oil changes. “A driver whose fuel tank is still two thirds full wouldn’t empty the tank and refill it, or a driver whose tires are half worn wouldn’t replace them,” says Lord. “It is the same idea with prematurely changing oil that still has life.”
Simplified maintenance based on the system is a convenience to drivers because it takes the guesswork out of when to change oil and it eliminates decision making for other routine maintenance.
OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics
OnStar provides free monthly diagnostic reports via e-mail, including crucial information on tire pressure, remaining engine oil life, emissions, engine, transmission and braking systems, as well as air bag system checks. Subscribers can enroll at the Web site (www.onstar.com) or press the vehicle’s blue OnStar button and sign up through an advisor.
Save Fuel with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)
Nearly 1.2 billion gallons of gas are wasted each year due to under-inflated tires, according to a recent U.S. Department of Energy statistic cited in a study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. They also estimate drivers can improve fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent just by making sure tires are properly inflated.
Checking tire pressure is something drivers often forget or don’t make time to test. The TPMS helps alleviate this issue by tracking tire wear and pressure and helping motorists avoid tire failure and potentially dangerous, costly breakdowns. The system uses sensors mounted in each wheel to monitor tire pressure. Drivers are alerted to tire pressure changes so the issues can be checked and remedied quickly.
Goodwrench.com is a great online resource to learn more about these technologies and get helpful vehicle safety and maintenance tips.