Sierra Owner Manual Tips & Tricks
There was a time when vehicles were easy to use. If you could handle your starter, lights, transmission, radio, and wipers you could call yourself the master of your domain. That time has passed. Now, the shift lever has been replaced by insane knobs. Chairs move in 32 directions. Our vehicles have WiFi! WiFi! Without studying the owner’s manual religiously, some of us will never be experts on our new vehicles. But I’ve studied the GMC Sierra Owner Manual for you, and put together some of the most useful tips.
IntelliBeam is the automatic version of GMC’s high-beam headlamps. The system contains sensors which detect the light of oncoming traffic. If a vehicle is approaching, your high-beams will turn off. When the system no longer detects any lights, your high-beams will be turned on again.
Turn on the IntelliBeam system by activating the high/low-beam changer twice within two seconds. A letter “A” within your dashboard’s headlight symbol indicates that you’ve successfully activated IntelliBeam.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
In order to use Android Auto, you must first download the Android Auto App from the Google Play store. No app is required to use Apple Car Play. Next, simply connect your Apple or Android device to one of your Sierra’s USB data ports via a USB cable. Your device should connect automatically. If it does not, just press the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto icon on your IntelliLink touchscreen. Now you should be able to access appropriate features from your smartphone with your Sierra’s touchscreen and IntelliLink voice commands. Now that you mention it…
Mastering voice commands is a useful and underappreciated skill. Navigating, changing music, or responding to messages on your phone, or touchscreen, while driving is completely irresponsible. But with voice commands, you can keep your eyes on the road while still being able to make an important call or adjusting your navigation route. But first you have to know what to say.
When you press the voice command button on your steering wheel, the one with the face and the sound symbols, the IntelliLink system will begin listening. Then, you need to use one of the main keywords: “Phone,” “Audio,” or “Navigation.” You can say “Pair phone” to connect your smartphone to bluetooth. You can say “Play” followed by a song, artist, genre, or playlist. And you can “Directions to..” followed by a street address, landmark, restaurant, or contact name.
The IntelliLink system will even respond to synonyms and casual phrasing. For example, IntelliLink accepts multiple variations yes and no (responding to the system with only “positive” or “negative” adds a real touch of character). A full list of the voice commands and their uses can be found here or in the 2017 GMC Sierra Owner Manual.
These are only a few of the many Sierra Owner Manual tricks you need to learn before calling yourself an expert. You can learn even more about the feature-packed 2017 GMC Sierra by visiting our model breakdown, or by hitting the link below.