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Transmission Care in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Transmission Care in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Do you have any plans around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, for the weekend? Maybe you and some friends are taking the boat up to the lake. Maybe you'll be having a lot of fun water skiing and doing a little fishing.You got the boat all ready. It's all gassed up. You packed lots of snacks and the cooler's stocked – ready to go.How about your tow vehicle? It has plenty of gas and you've even vacuumed it out, but is your auto maintenance up to date?Stop and think. You'll have some heavy traffic on your way out of town. Hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and you may have hot weather. And all the time you're going to be towing around a lot of extra weight.That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Your transmission's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. What's a fun little blast to the lake for you ... read more

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Transmission

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, MADISON HEIGHTS Car Owners

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, MADISON HEIGHTS Car Owners

A generation ago, MADISON HEIGHTS drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your MADISON HEIGHTS shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in MADISON HEIGHTS used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the vehicle was in for a tune-up at Interstate Auto Care, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time.Today's engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the last few decades, and s ... read more

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Maintenance

Deciphering the Interstate Auto Care Menu Board

Deciphering the Interstate Auto Care Menu Board

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, service centers like Interstate Auto Care have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give Interstate Auto Care a call at 248-307-1200 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI auto center at 526 E 14 MILE RD, 48071. First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles/kilometers the service should be done.Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also ... read more

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for MADISON HEIGHTS vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Interstate Auto Care post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for MADISON HEIGHTS vehicles. The bearings are packed ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Interstate Auto Care can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll find Interstate Auto Care at 526 E 14 MILE RD in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071. Or just give us a call at 248-307-1200 to schedule an appointment. You'll ... read more

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Fuel System

Air Conditioning Service in MADISON HEIGHTS

Air Conditioning Service in MADISON HEIGHTS

Hey MADISON HEIGHTS! Let's talk about one of our MI summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS. When most MADISON HEIGHTS folks hear the words "air conditioning problems." it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it's broken, it's hard to repair.What things can MADISON HEIGHTS drivers do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?A common cause of ai ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Arrive Alive in MADISON HEIGHTS

Arrive Alive in MADISON HEIGHTS

We've all seen drivers do crazy things while driving to or from MADISON HEIGHTS. A guy shaving in the rear-view mirror, a woman applying makeup, people talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee mug. It's a wonder we even dare drive on MI roads.The truth is that all of us are distracted when we drive. Unfortunately, traffic, road construction and other external factors are beyond our control. The distractions inside our car, however, are things we can often control.Here's some things that'll give you more control in your car, and help keep your attention on the roads around MADISON HEIGHTS. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers who are 16 to 20 years old tend to be more distracted by the radio, CD or MP3 player. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers who are 20 to 29 are more distracted by passengers in the car, including small children. Those over age 65 tend to be more distracted by objects or events that are outside of the vehicle. Other factors like fatigue, stress and lack of sleep ... read more

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the MADISON HEIGHTS area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It's an early warning indicator. When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at Interstate Auto Care soon. Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It woul ... read more

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Brakes

E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Interstate Auto Care

E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Interstate Auto Care

  Today at Interstate Auto Care we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the MADISON HEIGHTS area. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not. Does your vehicle use E-85 gasoline? Bring it down to Interstate Auto Care at 526 E 14 MILE RD in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071, to find out, or give us a call to make an appointment by calling 248-307-1200. E-85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil consumption. E-85 fuel is a mix of 85% ethanol, a grain-base alcohol, and 15% gasoline. So-called Flex-Fuel vehicles are designed to use either normal gasoline or E-85 gas. The result is lower exhaust emissions to our local MADISON HEIGHTS community.All ga ... read more

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Warranty

Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Interstate Auto Care

Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Interstate Auto Care

These days many people in the MADISON HEIGHTS area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your MADISON HEIGHTS service advisor at Interstate Auto Care do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement ... read more

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Maintenance
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