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Keep It Flowing with a Fuel Filter Replacement at Interstate Auto Care

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around MADISON HEIGHTS use fuel filters. For more information about your fuel filter, visit Interstate Auto Care at 526 E 14 MILE RD in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071.Please call 248-307-1200 to make an appointment. Generally speaking there's not a lot of dirt in our MADISON HEIGHTS area auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That's because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your vehicle is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your vehicle ages. It'll get clogged sooner and need to ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Detective Work in MADISON HEIGHTS

There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in MADISON HEIGHTS. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific cause takes training and experience.Sometimes the diagnosis of your vehicle's trouble comes down to a matter of trial-and-error. This can be frustrating for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers because time and money are on the line. You may feel you should only be paying for repair work. Of course, you only want to pay for the right repair – and a proper diagnosis is part of getting it right. Like at the doctor's office — some of what you pay for is the doctor's time and effo ... read more

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Diagnostics

Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in MADISON HEIGHTS?

  Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in MADISON HEIGHTS?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in MI – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in MI.Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. Contact us at Interstate Auto Care for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.Find us at 526 E 14 MILE RD, MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071You can reach us by phone at: 248-307-1200 There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements are ... read more

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Maintenance

Breathe Deep in MADISON HEIGHTS With a New Cabin Air Filter

Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually under the vehicle hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have your friendly and knowledgeable Interstate Auto Care service advisor take care of replacing them.As we said, many MADISON HEIGHTS people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and come to Interstate Auto Care saying "my vents are smelling bad." It usually turns out to be a dirty cabin air filter. A switch out and they're on their way, smelling sweet.MADISON HEIGHTS residents who suffer from allergies can really benefit from a cabin air filter as it keeps irritants to a minimum.If you're one of them, yo ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Under Pressure in MADISON HEIGHTS: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in MADISON HEIGHTS, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on MI roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, MADISON HEIGHTS drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concer ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Interstate Auto Care?

Today's Interstate Auto Care article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in MI who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Interstate Auto Care.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after a certain distanced traveled or after so many months. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.Now when you hear 'severe service,' you may think it doesn't apply to you ... read more

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Maintenance

Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Like everything in the MI automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. MI drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on MADISON HEIGHTS roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at night. And as MADISON HEIGHTS resident population ages, everything that helps older eyes is welcome.Most new vehicles sold in MI come with halogen headlamps. A decade ago, halogens were exotic and expensive. Now that they are standard equipment, the price has come way down. Many luxury cars are equipped with high intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps. You have probably seen them on some MADISON HEIGHTS roads; they're very bright and have a bluish tint.From behind the wheel, there is no doubt ... read more

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Parts

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello MADISON HEIGHTS resident! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your vehicle feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won't start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your vehicle will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow particles into your engine.A vehicle with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around MADISON HEIGHTS, but sputter and strain on the because it's starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in MI and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rura ... read more

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Fuel System

Drivers that "T" Us Off (Bad Driving Practices)

We've all seen drivers who do things that—let's be frank—really irritate us.  They're inconsiderate, can put people in danger and make the road a much less friendly place.  They really "T" us off.  These are the bad drivers who fit their description to a "T."  The Tailgater.  You've seen this terrible driver who follows a few inches off the bumper of the vehicle ahead.  We all know what's going to happen if the driver ahead of the tailgater has to slam on the brakes.  And we've all been that driver followed by the tailgater, whose vehicle fills up your entire rearview mirror.  The tailgater is likely not in a great frame of mind and, thanks to his or her stupid driving practices, the "tailgatee" is getting pretty ticked off as well.  That's a formula for a big problem. Know anybody who respects or likes a tailgater? Didn't think so The Texter. All sorts of people think they are perfectly capable of texting while driving.  I ... read more

Odometer Rollback on Your MADISON HEIGHTS, MI Vehicle

  How do MADISON HEIGHTS drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect MI consumers against mileage fraud. It says a MI seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, stop by Interstate Auto Care: Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can MADISON HEIGHTS vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, t ... read more

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Older Vehicles
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