• The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Tire Specs

    Sunday 10 December 2017

    You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the MADISON HEIGHTS service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, an... read more

  • Cooling System Components

    Wednesday 06 December 2017

    Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in MI.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if MADISON HEIGHTS drivers... read more

  • Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

    Tuesday 28 November 2017

    No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to MADISON HEIGHTS residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all MADISON HEIGHTS residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their MADISON HEIGHTS service center... read more

  • Interstate Auto Care Service for Your Exhaust System

    Wednesday 22 November 2017

    Your vehicle's exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your vehicle. The manifold is attached to the vehicle engine. It collects exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Gaskets seal the connection of the manifold to the engine and to other joints. A cracked or loose manifold or a leaking or damaged gasket can allow dangerous gases to enter the passenger compartment of a vehicle. One of... read more

  • Easy Miles – Do MADISON HEIGHTS Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

    Tuesday 14 November 2017

    Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) in 75°F (24°C) weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are ad... read more

  • The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

    Wednesday 08 November 2017

    The automotive professionals at Interstate Auto Care would like to give MADISON HEIGHTS drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The MADISON HEIGHTS do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the... read more

  • Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Interstate Auto Care

    Monday 30 October 2017

    Anyone who drives a car in MADISON HEIGHTS knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good vehicle care requires keeping its cooling system in good condition.A vehicle's cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (cool... read more

  • A Cool and Smooth Transmission in MADISON HEIGHTS

    Thursday 26 October 2017

    When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us MADISON HEIGHTS drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of car care. A poorly maintained transmission will fail and lead to repairs.The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. When it's clean and well-lubricated, it gives maximum fuel efficiency. But when it g... read more

  • It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Interstate Auto Care

    Monday 16 October 2017

    If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in MADISON HEIGHTS. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understanding of why that is, let's talk bicycles.You've probably seen plenty of cyclists on MADISON HEIGHTS roads. Perhaps you ride yourself. Then you know that a cyclist's cadence is the... read more

  • Clean Fuel – Clean Performance for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

    Sunday 08 October 2017

    Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the vehicle engine.MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better your vehicle engine will run.Over time, the small amounts... read more

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