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It Is Time to Check Your Intervals

It Is Time to Check Your Intervals

Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this reason, they give us guidelines to follow regarding how often to inspect the various parts and systems on our vehicles.Vehicular components are required to meet certain standards. The government mandates some of these standards. Others are set by the auto industry. Recommended car maintenance schedules are designed to help MADISON HEIGHTS vehicle owners maintain these standards. Disregarding routine maintenance or procrastinating preventive maintenance will result in lowered performance and reduced safety for a vehicle.Maintenance schedules are designed to ensure three areas of automotive performance for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers: protection of the vehicle itself, efficiency and safety. ... read more

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Inspection

For 4x4s (Maintenance of 4x4 Vehicles)

Some people love 4x4 vehicles, the true 4-wheel drive works of engineering like Jeeps and 4x4 pickups that allow you to seemingly go anywhere on the planet. You can climb up a 40-degree rock trail with some planning and skill (always careful to protect the environment, of course), or you can get through the deepest snow. But with that added capability comes additional complexity, drive-train components and other systems that less capable vehicles don't have.  And that is why when it comes to 4x4s, you have to maintain them a little differently from those vehicles that spend their lives on pavement.  Here are some of the key things to keep an eye on: Transfer case—This transfers power from the engine to the wheels.  A transfer case has fluid in it that needs to be changed at intervals recommended by the manufacturer.  Your service advisor will let you know how often that is and will keep track of your service dates.  You will need to make sure the transfe ... read more

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Drive Train

Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in MADISON HEIGHTS

Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in MADISON HEIGHTS

Today we're going to talk about power steering service in MADISON HEIGHTS. If you took an informal poll around MADISON HEIGHTS you'd probably find that most vehicle owners have never heard of power steering service. That's not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in MADISON HEIGHTS aren't aware that it needs periodic service.If you're younger than a certain age, you've probably never driven a vehicle without power steering. To get an idea of the difference; if you've ever cut a board with a hand saw, you know it's a lot of work. Using a power saw is easy-peasy by comparison.Without power steering, your arms have to do all the work to steer the wheels, and that's hard, especially around downtown MADISON HEIGHTS. That's why old cars had such big steering wheels: to get enough leverage to steer.Most vehicles in MADISON HEIGHTS have a hydraulic power steering system. The serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump. The pump pressur ... read more

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Steering

What MADISON HEIGHTS Customers like About Us at Interstate Auto Care

A big part of the service we provide at Interstate Auto Care for our MADISON HEIGHTS customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued MADISON HEIGHTS area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Interstate Auto Care automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our MADISON HEIGHTS customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Interstate Auto Care is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in MADISON HEIGHTS live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Interstate Auto Care service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook ... read more

Your Well Trained Technician at Interstate Auto Care

When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in MADISON HEIGHTS, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.If you've ever checked into some of the technician training Interstate Auto Care professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep MADISON HEIGHTS gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity.  ... read more

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Safety

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Local MADISON HEIGHTS roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around MADISON HEIGHTS would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You'll also want jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card.People who live in areas with frequent severe weather or earthquakes may want to carry provisions for longer emergencies.For trips ... read more

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Parts

Interstate Auto Care Radiator Service

Interstate Auto Care Radiator Service

The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in MADISON HEIGHTS, it is easy to prevent. The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then passes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then it's back to the engine again.There are several ways for the cooling system to fail. Most common is with the coolant itself. Coolant is comprised of water and antifreeze. The proper ratio keeps the coolant from either boiling away or freezing. Understandably, either can lead to massive engine damage.Another coolant issue that is often overlooked by MADISON HEIGHTS drivers is the age of the coolant itself. Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corro ... read more

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Cooling System

Relax When the Wind Blows in MI: Winter Car Prep for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

When autumn comes around in MADISON HEIGHTS, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the MI winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of MI winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbat ... read more

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Maintenance

Recommended MADISON HEIGHTS Service Intervals

Recommended MADISON HEIGHTS Service Intervals

Everyone in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, knows we are advised to go to our MADISON HEIGHTS dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious MADISON HEIGHTS residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues.This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills.If MADISON HEIGHTS folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vehicle maintenance? Following the vehicle manufacturer's recommended in ... read more

Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and MADISON HEIGHTS drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in MADISON HEIGHTS.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same ... read more

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Maintenance
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