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Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Interstate Auto Care

Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Interstate Auto Care

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 the past. Older vehicles simply have different maintenance requirements than newer ones. Learning those requirements presents a challenge for people in MADISON HEIGHTS because many owner's manuals only publish maintenance schedules up to 60,000 or 90,000 miles (96,000 or 145,000 km). Vehicle owners have to keep good records and be more involved in planning preventive maintenance if they want to keep their vehicles on the road. First of all, any service in your owner's manual t ... read more

Vive la Differential at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Vive la Differential at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

There are a lot of drivers in MADISON HEIGHTS who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in MI these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most MADISON HEIGHTS folks don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of your mind. It's not uncommon for people in MADISON HEIGHTS to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service.To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any MI high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means t ... read more

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Ask Interstate Auto Care About the Importance of Service Intervals

Ask Interstate Auto Care About the Importance of Service Intervals

Today in our Interstate Auto Care blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get more cavities. You might not discover health issues that benefit from early detection and treatment. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your overgrown lawn and have your power shut off.We all realize there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life diminishes and it inevitably costs more money.Have you ever wondered, "How often should I bring my car in for scheduled maintenance?" You ... read more

Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Interstate Auto Care when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Interstate Auto Care service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for MI drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200  

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Battery

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Today, Interstate Auto Care is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in MADISON HEIGHTS are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don't hesitate to stop by Interstate Auto Care. You can find us on 526 E 14 MILE RD in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071.Just give us a call at 248-307-1200. Let's take engine oil. Twenty or 30 years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness.It was common in those days to use a lighter weight oil in the winter when it's cold outside. That way the oil would be able to splash around inside the engine and protect the parts before it was fully warmed up. And a ... read more

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Fluids

For Brakes' Sake (Brake Rotor Service in MADISON HEIGHTS)

Think of how much abuse your brakes take. Day in and day out, they stop your vehicle when it's going fast and when it's going slow. Maybe your vehicle has been vibrating when you brake, or maybe it seems like your stopping distance is a little bit longer than it used to be. Then it's time to get your brakes checked out. After all, you have to be able to stop if you want to be safe. Nearly all newer vehicles have disc brakes on the front, and many have that type of brake on all four wheels. That makes it likely you'll be getting disc brakes fixed at some time in your vehicle's lifetime. Knowing how disc brakes work is as easy as riding a bicycle. If your bike had hand brakes, you'll probably remember a mechanism that squeezed a couple of pads on each side of your bicycle wheel when you applied the brakes. Disc brakes are similar; but instead of the bike wheel, there's a metal disc instead. If that disc is warped or has irregularities in it, it's going to vibrate. It used to be that roto ... read more

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Brake Service

Differential Service at Interstate Auto Care

Differential Service at Interstate Auto Care

Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in MADISON HEIGHTS, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Interstate Auto Care service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at Interstate Auto Care covers a lot of things, so let's first talk about what a differential does.As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track - the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don't hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or snow on ... read more

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Drive Train

Know Your Towing Limits in MADISON HEIGHTS

Some MADISON HEIGHTS drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around MADISON HEIGHTS, you should be aware of safety issues, MI towing laws and potential liability.Understanding tow ratings is important for safe towing. A tow rating is the weight limit that your vehicle can safely tow. They calculate the tow rating for every vehicle, but different options on the vehicle can affect that rating. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers need to read the towing section in their owner's manual to get the specific tow rating for the vehicle they own.Your trailer hitch also has a weight limit, and it may not match the tow rating for your vehicle. Your vehicle may be rated for 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg), but if you have a 2,000-pound (900 kg) hitch limit, you shouldn't be towing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kg). If you tow a 10,000-pound (4,500 kg) trailer on that hitch, it could break free and you would be liable for ... read more

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Safety

Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

With MADISON HEIGHTS gas prices being what they are, many of us in MI are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. MADISON HEIGHTS area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in MI. But there are things all MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can do to save fuel: We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Interstate Auto Care. These things make small savings possible, but they can really add up.Let's start with driving habits. One major gas-eater is jackrabbit starts. A smooth, gradual acceleration uses a lot less fuel. It's also easier on your engine and drivetrain, so you'll prolong their lives as well.If you drive with one foot on the brake, stop. That creates drag, increasing fuel usage and reducing the useful life of your brakes.Slowing down can really add up on gas savings over time for MADISON HEIGHTS ... read more

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Fuel Economy

ICE - In Case Of Emergency In MADISON HEIGHTS MI

ICE - In Case Of Emergency In MADISON HEIGHTS MI

When accidents occur in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, the victims' emergency contacts are extremely important. Too often, those involved aren't able to provide rescuers with phone numbers and medical information.When MI police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories, they waste precious time.In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, you have people in the MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, area who you'll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment and inform MADISON HEIGHTS paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications.A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading through MADISON HEIGHTS and around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency – is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory.Simply put 'ICE' before a contact name in your cell phone, like 'ICE – Dad,' 'ICE &nda ... read more

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