Buick Encore Owners & Service Manuals

Buick Encore: Starting the Engine

Move the shift lever to P (Park) or N (Neutral). To restart the vehicle when it is already moving, use N (Neutral) only.


Do not try to shift to P (Park) if the vehicle is moving. If you do, you could damage the transmission.

Shift to P (Park) only when the vehicle is stopped.

If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the engine operates. Any resulting damage would not be covered by the vehicle warranty.

See Add-On Electrical Equipment

Starting Procedure

  1. With the Keyless Access system, the RKE transmitter must be in the vehicle. Press ENGINE START/STOP with the brake pedal applied. When the engine begins cranking, let go of the button.

    The idle speed will go down as the engine gets warm. Do not race the engine immediately after starting it.

    If the RKE transmitter is not in the vehicle, if there is interference, or if the RKE transmitter battery is low, the Driver Information Center (DIC) will display a message.

    See Driver Information Center (DIC) and Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation


Cranking the engine for long periods of time, by pressing ENGINE START/STOP immediately after cranking has ended, can overheat and damage the cranking motor, and drain the battery. Wait at least 15 seconds between each try, to let the cranking motor cool down.

  1. If the engine does not start after five to 10 seconds, especially in very cold weather (below −18 ºC or 0 ºF), it could be flooded with too much gasoline. Try pushing the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and holding it there as you hold ENGINE START/ STOP, for up to a maximum of 15 seconds. Wait at least 15 seconds between each try, to allow the cranking motor to cool down.

    When the engine starts, let go of the button and the accelerator. If the vehicle starts briefly but then stops again, follow the same steps. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine.

    Do not race the engine immediately after starting it.

    Operate the engine and transmission gently until the oil warms up and lubricates all moving parts.


     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 h

     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.


     Description and operation

    Heating and air conditioning system description and operation Engine Coolant Engine coolant is the key element of the heating system. The thermostat controls engine operating coolant temperature. The thermostat also creates a restriction for the cooling system that promotes a positive coolant flow

     Vehicle Data

    Capacities and Specifications The following approximate capacities are given in metric and English conversions. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants for more information. Engine Specifications Engine Drive Belt Routing 1.4L L4 Engine (LUV)

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