Buick Encore: Driving Information / Steering

Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual / Driving and Operating / Driving Information / Steering

Caution

To avoid damage to the steering system, do not drive over curbs, parking barriers, or similar objects at speeds greater than 3 km/h (1 mph). Use care when driving over other objects such as lane dividers and speed bumps. Damage caused by misuse of the vehicle is not covered by the vehicle warranty.

Buick Encore. Steering

Electric Power Steering

The vehicle has electric power steering. It does not have power steering fluid. Regular maintenance is not required. If power steering assist is lost due to a system malfunction, the vehicle can be steered, but may require increased effort. See your dealer if there is a problem.

If the steering wheel is turned until it reaches the end of its travel and is held against that position for an extended period of time, power steering assist may be reduced.

If the steering assist is used for an extended period of time while the vehicle is not moving, power assist may be reduced.

Normal use of the power steering assist should return when the system cools down.

See your dealer if there is a problem.

Curve Tips

  • Take curves at a reasonable speed.
  • Reduce speed before entering a curve.
  • Maintain a reasonable steady speed through the curve.
  • Wait until the vehicle is out of the curve before accelerating gently into the straightaway.

Steering in Emergencies

  • There are some situations when steering around a problem may be more effective than braking.
  • Holding both sides of the steering wheel allows you to turn 180 degrees without removing a hand.
  • The Antilock Brake System (ABS) allows steering while braking.

    Braking

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    Off-Road Recovery

    The vehicle's right wheels can drop off the edge of a road onto the shoulder while driving. Follow these tips: Ease off the accelerator and then, if there is nothing in the way, steer the vehicle so that it straddles the edge of the pavement...

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    Vehicle Alarm System

    If equipped with an anti-theft alarm system, the indicator light, on the instrument panel near the windshield, shows the status of the system.

    Buick Encore. Vehicle Alarm System

    Off : Alarm system is disarmed.

    On Solid : Vehicle is secured during the delay to arm the system.

    Fast Flast : Vehicle is unsecured. A door, the liftgate, or the hood is open.

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