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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

Distracted Driving

When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effectiveness at multi-tasking. Turns out, multi-tasking is almost a superpower. Think of fighter pilots: capable of maintaining their orientation in three dimensional space and performing specific and highly complicated functions while accessing life threatening situations and coming up with an appropriate response. Admit it – you can’t do that. Yet when it comes to driving, we seem to think we are very capable of safely operating a motor vehicle with myriad distractions. 77% of young adults feel somewhat confident that they can safely text and drive while 55% claim it’s easy to text and drive. Can they possibly be right? Let’s look at some statistics. Nearly 23% of all accid ... read more

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Auto Safety

Power Steering Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Power Steering Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects vehicle components from rust and corrosion.MADISON HEIGHTS car owners should be aware that vehicle manufacturers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule. At Interstate Auto Care, the old fluid is drained and the system cleaned thoroughly. Fresh fluid is then installed.Unfortunately, many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers don't realize how important it is to service their power steering, and some may not even know that it's necessary in the first place. A neglected power steering system can develop leaks that will shorten the life of the pump.MADISON ... read more

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Alignment

What You Need to Know from Your Interstate Auto Care Service Advisor

What You Need to Know from Your Interstate Auto Care Service Advisor

MADISON HEIGHTS drivers may feel intimidated when they take their vehicles to a service center. They have questions but aren't sure how to ask. They don't want to feel embarrassed about their lack of knowledge. They don't want to make the service technician feel that they don't trust him.If your service advisor at Interstate Auto Care uses a term you don't understand, just ask him to explain. Remember, they are the auto service experts. If they came to your place of work, they probably wouldn't understand the jargon, either. When you take your vehicle in to be serviced, make sure you understand the financial issues up front. Ask about payment policies, warranties and, of course, the cost of the work being done.It helps to understand basic services your vehicle needs. Know the difference between a quick check-up and a thorough inspection, which you are getting and which you are asking for. Understand that diagnosing a problem takes time, and time isn't free. If you have concerns ab ... read more

MADISON HEIGHTS Tire Repair

MADISON HEIGHTS Tire Repair

Most MADISON HEIGHTS residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high MI gas prices, we've all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.  There's another danger with under-inflated tires for MADISON HEIGHTS residents. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don't just keep adding air every few days. You want to avoid tire damage. MADISON HEIGHTS residents should only hire qualified tire professionals to perform repairs - we have a whole team of ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Problems with Suspension Solved at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

A vehicle's suspension system is tough. It can last for years and after lots of driving for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers. But it can be damaged quickly by hitting a pothole, curb or rock, and it can wear more quickly if you frequently drive off-road or on bumpy roads. A workhorse vehicle — one that hauls heavy loads — is also going to be hard on its suspension system.Because the useful life of your suspension system contains these elements of unpredictability, it is important for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers to have them inspected periodically. Worn, broken and missing parts can be identified during an inspection at Interstate Auto Care . An ineffective suspension system will decrease the driver's control over a vehicle, so when it is damaged it frequently leads to the worst kind of vehicular damage — dangerous accidents.The suspension system is composed of springs and shock absorbers (or shocks). Springs suspend the weight of the vehicle above its axles. They allow the ve ... read more

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Suspension
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