Buick Encore: Driving Information / If the Vehicle Is Stuck

Buick Encore 2020-2024 Owner's Manual / Driving and Operating / Driving Information / If the Vehicle Is Stuck

Slowly and cautiously spin the wheels to free the vehicle when stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow.

If stuck too severely for the traction system to free the vehicle, turn the traction system off and use the rocking method. See Traction Control/Electronic Stability Control.

Warning

If the vehicle's tires spin at high speed, they can explode, and you or others could be injured. The vehicle can overheat, causing an engine compartment fire or other damage. Spin the wheels as little as possible and avoid going above 56 km/h (35 mph).

Rocking the Vehicle to Get it Out

Turn the steering wheel left and right to clear the area around the front wheels. Turn off any traction system. Shift back and forth between R (Reverse) and a low forward gear, spinning the wheels as little as possible. To prevent transmission wear, wait until the wheels stop spinning before shifting gears. Release the accelerator pedal while shifting, and press lightly on the accelerator pedal when the transmission is in gear. Slowly spinning the wheels in the forward and reverse directions causes a rocking motion that could free the vehicle. If that does not get the vehicle out after a few tries, it might need to be towed out. If the vehicle does need to be towed out, see Towing the Vehicle.

    Winter Driving

    Driving on Snow or Ice Snow or ice between the tires and the road creates less traction or grip, so drive carefully. Wet ice can occur at about 0 °C (32 °F) when freezing rain begins to fall...

    Vehicle Load Limits

    It is very important to know how much weight the vehicle can carry. This weight is called the vehicle capacity weight and includes the weight of all occupants, cargo, and all nonfactory-installed options...

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    Buick Encore 2020-2024 Owner's Manual: Shifting out of Park


    This vehicle is equipped with a shift lock control. The shift lock control is designed to prevent movement of the shift lever out of P (Park) unless the ignition is on and the brake pedal is applied. The shift lock control is always functional except in the case of an uncharged or low voltage (less than 9-volt) battery...

    Buick Encore 2020-2024 Owner's Manual: Park Brake and P (Park) Mechanism Check


    Warning When you are doing this check, the vehicle could begin to move. You or others could be injured and property could be damaged. Make sure there is room in front of the vehicle in case it begins to roll. Be ready to apply the regular brake at once should the vehicle begin to move...

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    Exterior Lamp Controls

    Buick Encore. Exterior Lamp Controls

    The exterior lamp control is on the instrument panel to the left of the steering column.

    There are four positions:

    Buick Encore. Exterior Lamp Controls : Turns the exterior lamps off and deactivates the AUTO mode. Turn Buick Encore. Exterior Lamp Controls again to reactivate the AUTO mode.

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