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What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of MADISON HEIGHTS customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Call Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS at 248-307-1200 for information about differential service, or stop by our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, auto center at 526 E 14 MILE RD, 48071. To better understand what a differential does, think about our local MADISON HEIGHTS high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines ... read more

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Drive Train

The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Saving Fuel: Get Rid of Dirty Oil

A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? MADISON HEIGHTS area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives. Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance is an important way people in MADISON HEIGHTS can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is to keep the oil in our vehicle adequate and clean.Oil lubricates your vehicle engine and keeps it running smoothly. If you're running low, there is increased friction in your engine. Friction creates drag, which means it takes more fuel to keep the vehicle motor running. This all translates to lower fuel economy.Check your oil to make sure the engine is getting all it needs. Your owner's manual and service advisor at Interstate Auto Care will tell you the proper weight and type of oil for your vehicle. Responsible Car Care Dirty oil grits up your eng ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Interstate Auto Care we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers.Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your car might have. Your friendly and professional Interstate Auto Care service advisor can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.Give us a call.Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200  

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Serpentine Belt

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Tires do a lot of work for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around MADISON HEIGHTS. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are three keys to long, even tire wear for MADISON HEIGHTS driving: Proper tire inflation Proper wheel alignment Regular tire rotation and balancing The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That's especially true of front-wheel-drive vehicles whose front tires steer and put the power t ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

Imagine you've left MADISON HEIGHTS and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.You're wasting kibble.The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the vehicle; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You're wasting gas.So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is important to get it checked right away if you feel the vehicle pulling to one side.Sometimes we MADISON HEIGHTS residents bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. A ... read more

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Alignment

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI.Unless they drive a vintage car, MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Interstate Auto Care uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.After a professional fuel system cleaning atInterstate Auto Care, you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service rec ... read more

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Fuel System

Keeping Your MADISON HEIGHTS Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Keeping Your MADISON HEIGHTS Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your MADISON HEIGHTS house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common MI air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Not all MADISON HEIGHTS vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in MI. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in MADISON HEIGHTS come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year. Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in MADISON HEIGHTS. Your vehicle can be a haven during our MI allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, the c ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Air Conditioning Inspection

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around MADISON HEIGHTS require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air.Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200  

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Air Conditioning

How Much is Enough for MADISON HEIGHTS Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

How Much is Enough for MADISON HEIGHTS Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it's for MADISON HEIGHTS vehicle owners to know the answers to these questions.First of all, it's important to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires are worn past this limit, you have to replace them to be in compliance with MI auto safety laws. That's why measuring your tread wear is part of a vehicle safety inspection.In some jurisdictions, tread mu ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you're driving around MADISON HEIGHTS is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Interstate Auto Care, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter
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