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Busting Automotive Myths in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Busting Automotive Myths in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Myths passed around our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the MADISON HEIGHTS area, come over to Interstate Auto Care. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grea ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the MADISON HEIGHTS area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local MADISON HEIGHTS gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.So keep it clean at Interstate Auto Care  and give yourself a fighting chance. Interstate Auto Care 526 E 14 MILE RD MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071 248-307-1200

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Fuel System

Brake Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Brake Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every MI driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At Interstate Auto Care, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your MADISON HEIGHTS service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.There are several things that need to be se ... read more

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Brakes

Economics of Maintenance for MADISON HEIGHTS Auto Owners

Economics of Maintenance for MADISON HEIGHTS Auto Owners

Buying a new car in MADISON HEIGHTS is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in MADISON HEIGHTS who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in MADISON HEIGHTS and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's&nb ... read more

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Maintenance

To Save Gas Around MADISON HEIGHTS: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

To Save Gas Around MADISON HEIGHTS: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

  One topic that hits the news in MI on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some MI drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in MADISON HEIGHTS who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Interstate Auto Care is one of the best ways people in MADISON HEIGHTS can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy.Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for MI drivers.Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings b ... read more

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Fuel System

Maintaining Your Diesel in MADISON HEIGHTS

Maintaining Your Diesel in MADISON HEIGHTS

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in the MADISON HEIGHTS area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more MADISON HEIGHTS diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV's.Diesels are popular in MI because they get better fuel economy than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you're not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past.Diesels don't produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in MI as for other vehicles.Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or from c ... read more

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Fuel System

Blind Spot Safety for MADISON HEIGHTS Driving

Blind Spot Safety for MADISON HEIGHTS Driving

Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in MADISON HEIGHTS, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other MADISON HEIGHTS drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn't include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn't designed to be a baby monitor.Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver's side window. Now adjust the driver's side mirror so that it just catches the side of the vehicle. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passenger's side mirror in t ... read more

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Safety

Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Interstate Auto Care

Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Interstate Auto Care

Hello MADISON HEIGHTS! Let's talk about alignment. One of the most important parts of preventive maintenance for your vehicle is keeping the wheels in alignment. Poor alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly, which can significantly reduce their lifespan. This means you will have to replace them more often, which can be costly for drivers in MADISON HEIGHTS.It can even damage your suspension system, which is costly to repair. But even more importantly, uneven tread wear can lead to blowouts on the road, a dangerous and potentially deadly safety risk for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers and their passengers.It may not take an accident or bad driving habits to “knock” your tires out of alignment. Tires can go out of alignment with just everyday MI driving. MADISON HEIGHTS road hazards, pot holes, uneven or gravel roads, and even the bumps and bounces of normal MADISON HEIGHTS roads and surface streets can gradually put your vehicle tires out of al ... read more

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Alignment

Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

Hello, MADISON HEIGHTS residents. Let's talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the engine.MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better your vehicle engine will run.Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your vehicle ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel.The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your owner's manual to find out how often ... read more

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Fuel System

MI: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

MI residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do MI residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction damage. Over time the oil can collect dirt and contaminants that inhibit its performance. But dirty oil isn't the only problem for MI residents. What you really want to avoid is called oil sludge.Oil sludge is caused by moisture in the oil and by hot spots in your engine that burn off oil. This sludge is a gooey gel that can clog engine passageways, which can block lubricants from reaching vital engine parts. The result can be engine wear or even engine failure.Sludge forms rapidly in an engine that is driven ... read more

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Fluids
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