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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 with he ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

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 enjoy mo ... read more

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Fuel System

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 air condit ... read more

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Air Conditioning

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 slee ... read more

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 wou ... read more

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Brakes

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 gas engine ... read more

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Warranty

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

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 gre ... read more

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Maintenance

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

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 s ... read more

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Brakes
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