Important Brake Maintenance Facts You Need to Know

After your tires, your brakes are the most important safety feature on your car. What good is a 250-horsepower engine if you can’t bring it to a stop? To preserve the safety of your vehicle and the life of your brakes, it is important to have your brakes inspected regularly. Check your owner’s manual for a recommended service schedule.

There are a few ways to determine if your brakes need some attention. The first is if you hear any squealing sounds coming from your brakes. Most brakes have a built-in safety feature that causes the brakes to squeal when the pads are getting too low. Another reason to have your brakes checked is if you feel any pulsing or vibrations while braking. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right when coming to a stop, that is another sign.

Ignoring your brakes can lead to excessive brake pad wear. This in turn can reduce your brakes’ stopping power, damage your brake rotors, and lead to increased repair costs.

Certified technicians here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac can quickly determine the health of your brakes using a simple brake pad wear guide that indicates the thickness of the brake pads and whether or not they need to be replaced.

When the time comes to replace your brake pads, make sure you choose genuine General Motors brake pads. These pads are designed to fit your GM vehicle and perform exactly as the original brake did. They are also made using high-quality materials that have been proven to provide superior braking performance. These pads will also help reduce overall wear on your brake rotors and are backed by a 12-month unlimited mileage warranty.

If you have any concern about how your brakes are performing, or just want to have them inspected for peace of mind, bring your car in to us here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac and we’ll make sure your brakes are performing they way they should be.

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

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There’s Nothing Like A Clean Vehicle!

Spring symbolizes rebirth and fresh starts, which is why this season has cleaning and organization on everyone’s mind. If you’re looking to get your surroundings in order, check out some of our favorite spring cleaning tips from Midland Buick GMC in Midland, TX.

Remove Out-of-Reach Dust

Thanks to all of the beautiful new blooms and pollen, spring can be a rough time of year for those with allergies. Don’t let dust add to that issue. Spend a day cleaning hard-to-reach places like the tops of door frames, ceiling fans, and bookshelves.

Use Your Dishwasher

This hard-working machine doesn’t have to be just for dishes. Fill yours with things like light fixtures, vases, toys, or anything else that could benefit from a gentle rinse.

Remove Dust from Upholstery

The quickest way to get rid of dirt, fur, dust, and debris is by using rubber gloves. Run your gloved hands under water, pat them dry so that they’re damp, and then run your hands over chairs, couches, and rugs to collect debris.

Clean Around Your Stove

Use special degreasing kitchen cleaner to scrub away the grease that has built up from cooking. People are more likely to cook if their kitchen is clean and welcoming. With fresh spring and summer produce lingering on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to get that stove-top ready.

April Events in Midland, Texas

Events in Midland
So Much To Do In Midland

Looking for something different to do this month? From sports to theatre, there are plenty of events in Midland, TX that are sure to keep you occupied.

Midland RockHounds vs Tulsa Drillers, San Antonio

Nothing says springtime like a little minor league baseball. Head to Security Bank Ballpark on the first and second weekends in April to see your local team play the Tulsa Drillers and the San Antonio Missions. Tickets are $9-$16.

Cabaret

Come hear the music play at the Sul Ross Theatre Program’s production of Cabaret April 7-9, 2017. This award-winning musical is sure to have you laughing, singing, and dancing in your seat. Tickets are $12.

Midland Downtown Farmers Market

There’s nothing quite like spending a morning picking out fresh produce for a delicious lunch later that day. The Midland Downtown Farmers Market opens this month and offers everything from locally grown fruits and veggies to homemade loaves of bread and jams.

Church Under the Bridge 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

Enjoy the weather and practice your swing all while supporting the Church Under the Bridge. This annual tournament is held at the Hogan Park Golf Course, just minutes away from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac. Registration is $400 per team with various sponsorship levels. Don’t miss out on your chance at a $25,000 hole in one!

Let all of us at Midland Buick GMC know if you go to any of these April events in Midland. We’d love to hear how much you liked them!

Go Green with These St. Patrick’s Day Food Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Food
St. Patrick’s Day In Midland

Every year, on March 17th we like to turn a little green a show off our Irish spirit, even if we’re not from Ireland. If you want to amp up your festivities this year, here is some delightfully green St. Patrick’s Day food you should try.

St. Patrick’s Day Parfaits

This is a simple treat that makes a big statement. It uses pistachio pudding and kiwi fruits for the green layered with creamy Cool Whip.

Peek-a-Boo St. Patrick’s Day Cake

Everyone will be in awe of your creative abilities if you can pull this cake off. Each slice reveals a hidden rainbow shamrock in the middle of a chocolate cake. This recipe will definitely take some time and talent, but it will be well worth it.

Guinness Brownies

Guinness beer is perhaps one of the most Irish things ever. Add some to this brownie recipe and top them off with green sprinkles for a St. Patrick’s Day flair.

Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe may be humble, but it is delicious, hearty, and warming.

Which of these recipes are you planning to try for St. Patrick’s Day? If you want every day of your life to have some green, you can pick out your favorite shade of green car right here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland, TX.

March Events in Midland

March events in Midland
The Magic Of Midland Festivals

March is a great time of year here in Texas. Spring is in the air and we get our first tastes of truly warm weather again. If you want to get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful time of year, here are some March events in Midland.

Museum of the Southwest

Now through March 25th, you can visit the Museum of the Southwest to see the traveling exhibition of works by President George W. Bush. It features portraits of murals of 98 service members along with stories of their courage.

Girls World Expo

This special event was created by teen girls for teen girls. It will be held March 3rd at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Midland Plaza. The event will feature seminars, vendors, performances, and more.

Ruffles and Rust Expo

This expo is an upscale boutique show with a big dose of vintage. Shoppers can find clothes, furniture, handmade goods, and other treasures. It will take place March 17th at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa.

Building Bots Robotics & Engineering FunLab

If you have any 3rd through 6th graders, sign them up for this fun, hands-on learning experience at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. It will take place March 20th.

Which of these March events would you like to attend? If you need a new vehicle this spring, come visit us at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland, TX.

December Events in Midland

December is a month packed with holidays, which means that there is plenty to do in Midland. Here are some events in Midland that you can enjoy throughout the month.

Miracle of 34th Street – Midland Community Theatre (November 24th – December 15th)

Enjoy your favorite Christmas movie on stage. It’s the perfect show to ring in the holiday season, running the last weekend of November and through December. Plus, you’ll be supporting the local arts community!

Holiday Evening – Midland College (December 7th)

Celebrate the holidays at the local college. There will be caroling by choirs from the school, opportunities to donate gifts, and exhibitions with student art. Plus, there’s complimentary baked goods, hot chocolate, and cider.

Museum Store Shopping Event – Petroleum Museum Gift Shop (December 12th – 14th)

The Petroleum Museum will open during extended hours the third weekend in December, featuring more gift shop items that will make the perfect (and unique) gifts for friends and family.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center (December 28th)

Enjoy a peaceful night out on the ballet with this different take on The Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet will blow you away with their grace and talent. Make it a night out with the family or a romantic date night.

This holiday season, be sure to appreciate the Midland community and enjoy these events.

See the Leaves Change on a Texas Fall Road Trip

Though New England is the best-known region in the US for fall foliage, many visitors to Texas are pleasantly surprised at the changing leaves they find in the area. You just have to know where to look. That’s why we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac have created a list of Texas fall road trip ideas to help you find your way to the most scenic views.

First, according to Only in Your State, you should visit Garner State Park in Concan. Perhaps one of the most stunning places in all of Texas—yeah, you heard right—the Garner State Park has old cypresses, oaks, mesquite, and persimmon trees. You can see an array of red, green, yellow, and brown colors in October, and there are over 11 miles of trails to follow. Perfect as a family getaway or for avid hikers, Garner is the place to be this fall.

Also, visit Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool. The intense foliage is best seen in early November, and you can follow the East Trail for some of the best views. Lost Maples is a great place to bring pets or a picnic for the day as well.

Finally, Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose has some memorable views. The amber grass and red trees create a breathtaking contrast, and there is also hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. The best time to visit is in October or at the beginning of November.

Other places to see include Lake Bob Sandlin State Park and Daingerfield State Park, among others. Plan your road trip today.

Make a Fall Bucket List to Enjoy the Season

Families are often busy in the fall, especially with school and extracurricular activities. That’s why it’s important to make time to get away from your busy lives. In fact, many families create a fall bucket list—a list of things to do before the season comes to an end. From hiking to baking apple pie, there are some things that are best done in the autumn.

According to Creative Family Fun, you should be sure to get outdoors in the fall to experience the changing leaves. One of the best tips for hiking with young children is to keep it simple. Pack supplies, snacks, and water, but also be sure to stay close to home or your car. You don’t need to hike the Appalachian Trail for your kids to have fun—simply get outside and start walking.

Make an apple pie to celebrate the fall season. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find an orchard in the area that will let you pick apples (though apple picking is much harder to find in Texas than in the Northeast). You just need flour, salt, sugar, and unsalted butter for a pie crust, and the filling can be made with apples, a lemon, butter, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour.

There are several other things to do in the fall:

  • Make leaf rubbings with wax paper.
  • Make your own Halloween costume.
  • Make bird feeders.
  • Play in the leaves.
  • Enjoy cider beside the fire.

These are just some of the fun things we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac enjoy doing in the fall. Be sure to make your own bucket list with your family and friends to make the most of the season

Explore the 2018 GMC Lineup

The latest lineup of new GMC trucks and SUVs is available at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac. Visit the dealership today to explore the 2018 GMC lineup in full. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

  • 2018 GMC Terrain (and Denali): Available with gas or diesel engines and offering Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility
  • 2018 GMC Acadia (and Denali): Offers up to 310 horsepower with the 3.6-liter V6 engine and comes with Traction Select
  • 2018 GMC Yukon (and Denali): Features an elegant interior with authentic aluminum trim and a cabin quieted by an acoustic-laminated windshield and triple-sealed inlaid doors
  • 2018 GMC Yukon XL (and Denali): Can accommodate up to nine passengers and is 20.5 inches longer than the standard Yukon
  • 2018 GMC Canyon (and Denali): Fills a void as the only premium midsize pickup, for improved fuel economy without sacrificing luxurious touches
  • 2018 Sierra 1500 (and Denali): Features stunning exterior lighting options and state-of-the-art safety features, including Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • 2018 GMC Sierra 2500 (and Denali): Can be configured with a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine good for 910 lb-ft of torque
  • 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 (and Denali): Tows up to 23,300 pounds

Visit Midland Buick GMC Cadillac today for some test drives.

Check Out These Fun October Events in Midland

If you love everything about autumn and are looking for more excuses to go out and do something, then check out these exciting October events in Midland:

  • Olivia Newton-Jon will be performing at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 1st, at 8 p.m.
  • The Basin BBQ Blowout will be held in nearby Odessa at the Ector County Coliseum on Thursday, October 5th, from 5 – 8 p.m. This marks the seventh year for the barbeque cook-off event, which will feature live music from The Chet Johnson Band.
  • The Lantern Fest in Odessa is scheduled for Sunday, October 15th, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Rolling 7’s Ranch Event Center. Thousands of locals will come together with flying lanterns to light the sky. While you wait for the big moment, enjoy face painting, s’mores, live music, a stage show, food, and more.
  • Swan Lake will be performed at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 21st, at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., visit the Museum of the Southwest for the Midland Downtown Farmers Market. Autumn is the perfect time to go for apples, pumpkins, and more.

Need a car to take you there? Visit Midland Buick GMC Cadillac for some help.