GMC Terrain: Automatic Transmission / Car Wash Mode

This vehicle includes a Car Wash Mode that allows the vehicle to remain in N (Neutral) for use in automatic car washes.

Car Wash Mode is not to be used for vehicle towing. If the vehicle needs to be towed, see Towing the Vehicle

Caution

The vehicle is not designed to stay in N (Neutral) for extended periods of time. It will automatically shift into P (Park) if left in Car Wash Mode.

Car Wash Mode (Engine Off – Driver in Vehicle)

To place the vehicle in N (Neutral) with the engine off and the vehicle occupied:

  1. Drive to the entrance of the car wash.
  2. Apply the brake pedal.
  3. Shift to N (Neutral).
  4. Turn off the engine and release the brake pedal.
  5. The indicator should continue to show N. If it does not, start the engine and repeat Steps 2–4.
  6. The vehicle is now ready for the car wash.

Car Wash Mode (Engine Off – Driver out of Vehicle)

To place the vehicle in N (Neutral) with the engine off and the vehicle unoccupied:

  1. Drive to the entrance of the car wash.
  2. Apply the brake pedal.
  3. Open the door.
  4. Shift to N (Neutral).
  5. Turn off the engine and release the brake pedal.
  6. The indicator should continue to show N. If it does not, start the engine and repeat Steps 2–5.
  7. Exit the vehicle and close the door. The vehicle is now ready for the car wash.
  8. The vehicle may automatically shift to P (Park) upon re-entry.

Car Wash Mode (Engine On – Driver in Vehicle)

To place the vehicle in N (Neutral) with the engine on and the vehicle occupied:

  1. Drive to the entrance of the car wash.
  2. Apply the brake pedal.
  3. Shift to N (Neutral).
  4. Release the brake pedal. The vehicle is now ready for the car wash.

Car Wash Mode (Engine On – Driver out of Vehicle)

To place the vehicle in N (Neutral) with the engine on and the vehicle unoccupied:

  1. Drive to the entrance of the car wash.
  2. Apply the brake pedal.
  3. Open the door.
  4. Shift to N (Neutral), then release the brake pedal.
  5. The indicator should continue to show N. If it does not, repeat Steps 2–4.
  6. Exit the vehicle and close the door. The vehicle is now ready for the car wash.
  7. The vehicle may automatically shift to P (Park) upon re-entry.

Caution

A transmission hot message may display if the automatic transmission fluid is too hot. Driving under this condition can damage the vehicle. Stop and idle the engine to cool the automatic transmission fluid. This message clears when the transmission fluid has cooled sufficiently.

D : This position is for normal driving. If more power is needed for passing, press the accelerator pedal down.

To shift into D (Drive):

  1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
  2. Pull the D (Drive) switch on the center stack.

To shift out of D (Drive):

  1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
  2. Shift to the desired gear.

Downshifting the transmission in slippery road conditions could result in skidding. See “Skidding” under Loss of Control .

Caution

Spinning the tires or holding the vehicle in one place on a hill using only the accelerator pedal may damage the transmission. The repair will not be covered by the vehicle warranty. If the vehicle is stuck, do not spin the tires. When stopping on a hill, use the brakes to hold the vehicle in place.

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