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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

Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Interstate Auto Care

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Interstate Auto Care article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in MADISON HEIGHTS with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as difficult to see.Most of us in MADISON HEIGHTS replace our wiper blades when they no longer do the job. They are so worn, hard or brittle that they can't clean the windshield. They may even be falling apart. In other words, we deal with our wiper blades from a failure perspective. We address them when they no longer function. The theory, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," doesn't apply here. Instead, we should think about wipers blades as an important safety system that we should maintain r ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Making Your A/C System Last Longer

MADISON HEIGHTS drivers know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubricate and protect expensive components and keep seals and gaskets from drying out. If refrigerant has leaked out – so has the compressor oil. This oil needs to be replenished whenever refrigerant is added.An air conditioning inspection at Interstate Auto Care will uncover any potential problems and identify any necessary repairs needed to get MADISON HEIGHTS drivers on the road to cool air once again.Give us a call.Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200

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Air Conditioning

Can Car Scent Keep You Safe on MI Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and it might keep you safer...The average American commuter in MI spends two and a half hours daily in their vehicle.The government says 100,000 auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)So what does this have to do with how your vehicle smells while you're driving around MADISON HEIGHTS?Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: A. Strawberry B. New Car C. Pine D. Warm Vanilla Breeze It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the vehicle, according to AroMetrics.And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.And you thought they just smelled nice. Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200

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Automotive News

New Life for Your Older Car in MADISON HEIGHTS

Isn't it amazing how much of our stuff is disposable these days? Clothes, electronics, housewares, furniture.Remember the days when MADISON HEIGHTS families mended their clothes, polished their shoes and neatly put away their toys every night? If something was lost or ruined through neglect, your parents just told you to do without, that you should have taken better care of it. They considered the loss a “life lesson.”But today many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers tend to neglect one of the more expensive and important purchases we make: our vehicles. Vehicles are a lot more reliable today than back when we polished our shoes, and that reliability can sometimes make us take them for granted. Drivers in MADISON HEIGHTS neglect good vehicle care practices and procrastinate when it comes to preventive maintenance. What we're really doing is heading straight for one of those dreaded “life lessons.” Eventually we'll pay for our neg ... read more

MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among MADISON HEIGHTS drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should MADISON HEIGHTS drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around MADISON HEIGHTS?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero MI temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in MI?Do you drive often in dusty MADISON HEIGHTS areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around MADISON HEIGHTS?Do you drive in very hot or very cold MI weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest MADISON HEIGHTS on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on MADISON HEIGHTS surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is ... read more

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Maintenance

Hey MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

Higher MADISON HEIGHTS fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of MADISON HEIGHTS drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course MI vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.Preventive maintenance at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS and good vehicle care can actually pay for themselves by lowering our fuel consumption. Here's a real-life example of how that can work.A family planned a four-day camping trip. Before leaving, they took their SUV into Interstate Auto Care for an oil change. They flushed the cooling system, serviced all three differentials and cleaned the fuel system. They replaced the PCV valve and breather element. Then they checked the tires to e ... read more

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Fuel Economy

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
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