Buick Encore Owners & Service Manuals

Buick Encore: Engine Heater

Vehicles may have an engine heater. The engine heater can help in cold weather conditions at or below −18 ºC (0 ºF) for easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm-up. Plug in the heater at least four hours before starting the vehicle. An internal thermostat in the plug end of the cord will prevent engine heater operation at temperatures above −18 ºC (0 ºF).


Do not plug in the engine block heater while the vehicle is parked in a garage or under a carport.

Property damage or personal injury may result. Always park the vehicle in a clear open area away from buildings or structures.

To Use the Engine Heater

  1. Turn off the engine.

To Use the Engine Heater

  1. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. The cord is in the driver side of the engine compartment, near the battery.

    It is shipped from the factory with a tie holding it in place.

    Use care in removing the tie so that the cord is not damaged.

Check the heater cord for damage. If it is damaged, do not use it. See your dealer for a replacement. Inspect the cord for damage yearly.

  1. Plug it into a normal, grounded 110-volt AC outlet.


Improper use of the heater cord or an extension cord can damage the cord and may result in overheating and fire.

  • Plug the cord into a three-prong electrical utility receptacle that is protected by a ground fault detection function. An ungrounded outlet could cause an electric shock.
  • Use a weatherproof, heavy-duty, 15 amp-rated extension cord if needed.

    Failure to use the recommended extension cord in good operating condition, or using a damaged heater or extension cord, could make it overheat and cause a fire, property damage, electric shock, and injury.

  • Do not operate the vehicle with the heater cord permanently attached to the vehicle. Possible heater cord and thermostat damage could occur.
  • While in use, do not let the heater cord touch vehicle parts or sharp edges. Never close the hood on the heater cord.
  • Before starting the vehicle, unplug the cord, reattach the cover to the plug, and securely fasten the cord.

    Keep the cord away from any moving parts.

  1. Before starting the engine, be sure to unplug and store the cord as it was before to keep it away from moving engine parts. If you do not it could be damaged.

The length of time the heater should remain plugged in depends on several factors. Ask a dealer in the area where you will be parking the vehicle for the best advice on this.

Retained Accessory Power (RAP)

When the ignition is turned from on to off, the following features (if equipped) will continue to function for up to 10 minutes, or until the driver door is opened. These features will also work when the ignition is in RUN or ACC/ ACCESSORY:

  • Infotainment System
  • Power Windows (during RAP this functionality will be lost when any door is opened)
  •  Sunroof (during RAP this functionality will be lost when any door is opened)
  • Auxiliary Power Outlet
  • Audio System
  • OnStar System


     Shifting Into Park

    Hold the brake pedal down and set the parking brake. See Parking Brake Move the shift lever into P (Park) by pressing the button on the shift lever and pushing the lever all the way toward the

     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.

     Parking over Things That Burn

    Warning Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under the vehicle and ignite. Do not park over papers, leaves, dry grass, or other things that can burn. Extended Parking It is best not to p


     Front view camera module programming and setup

    Front View Camera Module Replacement If the Front View Camera Module needs to be replaced, the following procedures must be performed: Connect a scan tool to the vehicle and access Service Programming System (SPS). Perform the SPS function Front View Camera Module - Programming and follow th

     Power Outlets

    Power Outlet 110/120-Volt Alternating Current If equipped, this power outlet is on the rear of the center console. It can be used to plug in electrical equipment that uses a maximum limit of 150 watts. An indicator light on the outlet turns on to show it is in use. The light comes on when the igni

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