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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

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
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