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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Interstate Auto Care tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for MADISON HEIGHTS residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle perform ... read more

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Maintenance

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in MADISON HEIGHTS?

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in MADISON HEIGHTS?

There is a clear and vocal demand in MADISON HEIGHTS and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the MI market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on MADISON HEIGHTS area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest MADISON HEIGHTS dealership.MADISON HEIGHTS drivers should carefully research the vehicle care before buying an alternative fuel vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs as well; these vehicles may help save our environment here in MADISON HEIGHTS, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You'll need to decide wh ... read more

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Automotive News

Beware of Cheap Tires in MADISON HEIGHTS

Beware of Cheap Tires in MADISON HEIGHTS

Do you like to shop for shoes in MADISON HEIGHTS?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? MADISON HEIGHTS drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on MI freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on MI highways, the tires need a high load rating.Ask your friendly and knowledgeable MADISON HEIGHTS tire professional at Interstate Auto Care. I think it's important that MADISON HEIGHTS residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say, “Pay ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Introduction to Diesels for MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Introduction to Diesels for MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in MI are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense ... read more

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Fuel System

Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Everyone in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in MADISON HEIGHTS, it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several categories that will help in the selection process.One category is often referred to as "summer tires". Summer tires are designed to be driven on the road when temperatures are generally above 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). Their tread design is optimized for traction on dry roads around MI and they're also able to effectively displace water on rainy roads.So if you live where its summer all year round, these tires will work well for you. If you like maximum performance in warm weather, but still live where it gets cold and snowy, you'll want to change your summer tires for winter tires as the weather starts to change.There's a range of tires within the winter tire category. If you live where there's a ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

What to Do In Case of an Accident

What to Do In Case of an Accident

If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in MI, even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver's license or even jail time in our local MADISON HEIGHTS lockup.Most places, including MI, require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able.Warn other MADISON HEIGHTS motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood.Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.Always file a police report ... read more

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

  Hey MADISON HEIGHTS area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our MI streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the MADISON HEIGHTS area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there's just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It's that level of wear that's been called into question recently.We're referring to the tread depth on a tire, it can't move surface water out of the way and you start to hydroplane.In a safety study, a section of a test track was flooded with a thin layer of water. If you laid a dime on the track, the water would be deep enough to surround the coin, but not enough to cover it.A car and a full-sized pick-up a ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Ask Interstate Auto Care: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

Ask Interstate Auto Care: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why MADISON HEIGHTS drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, t ... read more

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Timing Belt

Used Cars: Interstate Auto Care Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious MADISON HEIGHTS drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the MADISON HEIGHTS area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some MADISON HEIGHTS used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems.When you're considering buying a used vehicle in MADISON HEIGHTS, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren't any service records, then assume the worst.Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to but definitely check them for uneven tread wear. This ca ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Keeping Your Engine Cool in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Keeping Your Engine Cool in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

The cooling system keeps MI vehicle's engines from overheating while they are driving around MADISON HEIGHTS. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen.The radiator is the part most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers associate with the cooling system. Coolant flows through the radiator which has fine cooling fins that draw the heat out of the coolant and dissipate it into the air. To make sure there's enough airflow over the radiator, a fan pulls air over the cooling fins even when the vehicle is idling.In some vehicles, the fan is powered by the serpentine belt. On others, an electric motor runs the fan. Electric fans turn on and off as needed. You may have heard the fan kick on shortly after you turn your vehicle off. The sensor has determined that the engine needs a little help cooling down to a safe temperature.A hose connects the radiator to the water pump ... read more

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Cooling System
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