• Wasteful Thinking

    Sunday 23 December 2018

    With the weather getting colder, you might be tempted to start your vehicle up, let it idle for 15 or 20 minutes and then get in the nice, cozy cabin.  Some vehicles offer remote starting that let you do that from the comfort of your home or apartment.  But is letting your vehicle idle like that good for it? Manufacturers say it doesn't harm the vehicle.  They say it's because modern vehicles are made differently from those in the past.  Just about all newer vehicles employ f... read more

  • When "Oh, no!" Turns Into, "All right!"

    Sunday 16 December 2018

    Things we don't expect happen to our vehicles. And let's face, no one really wants to spend money on an unexpected repair. But if you are putting off going to your vehicle repair facility because you're dreading bad news, you might just be putting off some good news. There was one minivan driver who'd had the same van for years and never had a problem with the power sliding doors.  Then one day, the electrical switches in the door pillars stopped working.  The key fob would still open... read more

  • Differential Service in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI - What You Need to Know

    Sunday 09 December 2018

    Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. Some MADISON HEIGHTS vehicles might even have two or three.Not surprisingly, a differential's job is to compensate for differences; specifically, they're the differences in wheel speed whe... read more

  • Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

    Monday 03 December 2018

    At Interstate Auto Care we get a lot of MADISON HEIGHTS drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around MI, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart MADISON HEIGHTS drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over fo... read more

  • Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

    Sunday 25 November 2018

    Knowing how their engine works can help MADISON HEIGHTS drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let... read more

  • Tire Replacement: What MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers Need to Know

    Sunday 18 November 2018

    Looking at getting some new tires? Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there's nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you've got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there.Let's suppose you zip around MADISON HEIGHTS in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good. When MI weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter... read more

  • Recommended Service Intervals at Interstate Auto Care

    Sunday 11 November 2018

    Most people in the MADISON HEIGHTS area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in MI.The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve t... read more

  • Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at Interstate Auto Care

    Sunday 04 November 2018

    A lot of us MADISON HEIGHTS drivers like our vehicles to reflect our personalities. We're picky about color and body style. We'll customize anything from floor mats to window tints to license plates. One popular way for MI motorists to customize a vehicle is to get new wheels.Wheels come in thousands of designs. Custom wheels can add personality, style or sass to a vehicle. Many of these customizations involve getting a bigger wheel.Fifteen or 16-inch wheels used to be the factory standard, but... read more

  • Charge It in MADISON HEIGHTS for Extended Battery Life

    Sunday 28 October 2018

    Here's an interesting statistic for our in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a fu... read more

  • Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Interstate Auto Care

    Monday 22 October 2018

    The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing MI residents to review their finances. More and more MADISON HEIGHTS drivers are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America today have over 75,000 miles/120,000 km on them. And the average age of vehicles is now over eleven years. That translates to some car care issues that many MADISON HEIGHTS men and women haven't dealt with in... read more

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