• A Cold Day in MADISON HEIGHTS ? Air Conditioning Service at Interstate Auto Care

    Monday 16 April 2018

    Most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy MI highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during MADISON HEIGHTS rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot vehicle.A lot of MADISON HEIGHTS drivers judge their vehicles' air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and mai... read more

  • Winter Tires

    Tuesday 10 April 2018

    What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of MADISON HEIGHTS driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in MI, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. MI drivers called them snow tires back then, and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires and... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Serpentine Belt Overview

    Sunday 01 April 2018

    The technicians at Interstate Auto Care know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in MADISON HEIGHTS have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler... read more

  • Higher Mileage Service Intervals for MADISON HEIGHTS

    Sunday 25 March 2018

    MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the MADISON HEIGHTS area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, MADISON HEIGHTS residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% o... read more

  • Exhaust Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

    Monday 19 March 2018

    Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most MADISON HEIGHTS residents think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at Interstate Auto Care is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. Governmental emissions requirements have forced manufacturers to come up with much more sophisticated ways to comply with environmental regulations.Exhaust service has really become... read more

  • Positive Crankcase Ventilation ? PCV Valve Service at Interstate Auto Care

    Monday 12 March 2018

    Hello MADISON HEIGHTS! Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, or PCV valve, has been installed in MI vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government to regulate harmful emissions as well as to improve performance in the country's vehicles.The PCV valve, as you can probably guess, is located on the crankcase. The crankc... read more

  • Straight and True in MADISON HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

    Wednesday 07 March 2018

    Most MADISON HEIGHTS folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by drivers in MADISON HEIGHTS is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tir... read more

  • Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in MADISON HEIGHTS

    Tuesday 27 February 2018

    Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the MADISON HEIGHTS area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local MADISON HEIGHTS service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit... read more

  • Nighttime Visibility in MADISON HEIGHTS

    Tuesday 20 February 2018

    There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the MADISON HEIGHTS area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility…It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can't be seen unti... read more

  • The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

    Tuesday 13 February 2018

    Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in MADISON HEIGHTS, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at Interstate Auto Care... read more

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