• When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

    Tuesday 22 May 2018

      Hey MADISON HEIGHTS area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our MI streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the MADISON HEIGHTS area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, th... read more

  • Ask Interstate Auto Care: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

    Monday 14 May 2018

    The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so m... read more

  • Used Cars: Interstate Auto Care Advice on What to Do After You Buy

    Sunday 06 May 2018

    Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious MADISON HEIGHTS drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the MADISON HEIGHTS area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some MADISON HEIGHTS used vehicle owners sell them beca... read more

  • Keeping Your Engine Cool in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

    Sunday 29 April 2018

    The cooling system keeps MI vehicle's engines from overheating while they are driving around MADISON HEIGHTS. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen.The radiator is the part most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers associate with the cooling system. Coolant flows through the radiator which has fine cooling fins that draw the heat out of the coolant and dissipate it into the air. To make sure there's e... read more

  • Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Interstate Auto Care Really Save Gas?

    Monday 23 April 2018

    Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But MADISON HEIGHTS drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleaning... read more

  • 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

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