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A Fluid Situation (Check Fluid Levels)

There's one fluid in your car you are always careful to keep at a certain level: the fuel. If you don't have fuel, you're not going anywhere.  Your vehicle has other fluids which are vitally important to proper and safe operation, too.  So, here's a "level" headed approach to those "other" fluids. Engine oil.  This one's probably the most important fluid to maintain at the proper level. Without enough oil, you'll wear out your engine prematurely.  Sometimes vehicles have warning lights on the dash that will tell you to get your oil checked.  Don't ignore that one; get it checked immediately.  Certainly don't go on a long trip at high speeds with your oil level low. Oh, and it's not good to have too much oil in, either. Our pros at Interstate Auto Care can advise you on oil levels and tell if you if you should be concerned about abnormal fluctuations. Windshield washer fluid.  OK, this is one you probably know about.  You certainly miss it when it ... read more

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Fall and Spring Inspection at Interstate Auto Care

Good vehicle care for us MADISON HEIGHTS residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal changes. Older vehicles required different weights of oil for summer and winter. But today's engines can run on the same oil all year. Both the engines and the oils have been improved.Antifreeze—or coolant as it's also called—protects the engine from both freezing and hot temperatures and thus is required by the engine year-round. Modern coolants don't have to be changed as often as they did in the past, but your owner's manual has a recommendation for when it should be replaced to extend cooling system life.Getting a spring and fall checkup at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS for your vehicle is still good auto advice.First of all, there is a lot of preventive auto maintenanc ... read more

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Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Every car in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in MI where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park n ... read more

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Interstate Auto Care Automotive Tips: Alternator

Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the power outlets. After your alternator makes enough electricity to do all that, it recharges your battery with what’s left over.When MADISON HEIGHTS drivers constantly have a low or dead battery, the alternator is usually a prime suspect. However, the alternator is just one vital component of the starting/charging system, and a problem with any of the other components could be the actual cause.In addition to the alternator, the charging/starting system includes the battery, starter, serpentine belt system and all of the electrical cables that connect them. Your Interstate Auto Care service advisor has a systematic process of testing components and connections to get to the source ... read more

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Gas Savings in MADISON HEIGHTS: Sharpen Your Pencil

Gas Savings in MADISON HEIGHTS: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in MADISON HEIGHTS increase the cost of living for MI drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some MADISON HEIGHTS vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to MI news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional MADISON HEIGHTS vehicle owners. I'm talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, MADISON HEIGHTS folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on i ... read more

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Exhaust Service at Interstate Auto Care: Passing the Smell Test

Exhaust Service at Interstate Auto Care: Passing the Smell Test

The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most MADISON HEIGHTS residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All MI folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That's why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so important. We can help you with that at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS.The exhaust manifold is the first component in your exhaust system. The manifold is attached to the engine. It collects the gases that are produced by the engine and directs them into the exhaust pipes. At this point, these gases are both hot and chemically dangerous.One of the gases produced in your engine is carbon monoxide. This gas is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Continue breathing it and you will die.To ke ... read more

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Trickle Down Technology

Recently, Nissan introduced the latest version of its Leaf, the company's electric car. It has many new features, including something called e-Pedal. It allows the driver to let up on the accelerator and, unlike a gasoline engine car, the Leaf doesn't just slowly lose speed; letting off the throttle pedal brakes the car in a very controlled way, using regenerative and sometimes friction brakes. With practice, a driver can go for a fairly long time without touching the brake pedal. Another system, similar to those found in self-driving vehicles, can steer the car to keep it in the center of the lane using a camera and radar. It literally watches the lane markers and, of course, doesn't work well in snow that obliterates those markers. But the technology is impressive and can greatly reduce fatigue on long trips. In fact, much of this technology has "trickled down" from research on autonomous vehicles, such as adaptive cruise control that slows down your vehicle (even to a stop) if the v ... read more

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Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for MADISON HEIGHTS Automobiles

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for MADISON HEIGHTS Automobiles

MADISON HEIGHTS drivers may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel's off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn't feel like it handles right as they drive down MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, streets and roads.When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around MADISON HEIGHTS are great ways to knock a car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels start pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.The team at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS wants you to know that driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail.At the very least, those who drive with wheels out of alignment will have to replace their tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear to you ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at Interstate Auto Care will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer’s settings.Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around MADISON HEIGHTS, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Interstate Auto Care service advisor perform an important alignment check.Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200

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Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in MADISON HEIGHTS

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in MADISON HEIGHTS

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call Interstate Auto Care at 248-307-1200 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, service center on 526 E 14 MILE RD. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.The timing belt is responsible for rotating the ... read more

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