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A Cold Day in MADISON HEIGHTS – Air Conditioning Service at Interstate Auto Care

Most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy MI highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during MADISON HEIGHTS rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot vehicle.A lot of MADISON HEIGHTS drivers judge their vehicles' air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keep the vehicle running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very expensive.MADISON HEIGHTS drivers should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces th ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Winter Tires

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of MADISON HEIGHTS driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in MI, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. MI drivers called them snow tires back then, and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires and they weren't very good on ice, packed snow or wet MI roads. They were not even very good on dry roads. They really helped in deep or loose snow, but they did a poor job the rest of the time. They were loud and rode hard. People couldn't wait to get them off in the spring.Then all-season tires started to appear in MADISON HEIGHTS tire shops. All-season tires are really a compromise between summer and winter performance. They have acceptable hot weather ride and tread life and can get MI drivers ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Serpentine Belt Overview

The technicians at Interstate Auto Care know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in MADISON HEIGHTS have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your vehicle manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS can inspect your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.Give us a call.Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200  

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Serpentine Belt

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for MADISON HEIGHTS

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for MADISON HEIGHTS

MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the MADISON HEIGHTS area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, MADISON HEIGHTS residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge - but they need a little help to keep on going.Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for MADISON H ... read more

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Fuel System

Exhaust Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Exhaust Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most MADISON HEIGHTS residents think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at Interstate Auto Care is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. Governmental emissions requirements have forced manufacturers to come up with much more sophisticated ways to comply with environmental regulations.Exhaust service has really become exhaust and emissions service. High-tech computer controlled emissions devices are now a big part of exhaust service. Because it is so sophisticated, your recommends you have your emission system checked out by a qualified MADISON HEIGHTS exhaust technician regularly to make sure everything is working right - usually every 6 months or 10,000 miles/16,000 kilometers.If your Check Engine light comes on, especially if it's flashing, get your car looked at right away. Technicians at Interst ... read more

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Exhaust

Positive Crankcase Ventilation – PCV Valve Service at Interstate Auto Care

Hello MADISON HEIGHTS! Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, or PCV valve, has been installed in MI vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government to regulate harmful emissions as well as to improve performance in the country's vehicles.The PCV valve, as you can probably guess, is located on the crankcase. The crankcase is the lowest part of a vehicle's engine. It houses the crankshaft and the engine oil. The crankshaft connects to the pistons that power the engine.Pistons are pushed down when fuel is burned in an engine. This causes the crankshaft to rotate, which sends power to the transmission.  It ultimately turns the axles and causes the vehicle to move. Some of the gases released by the burning fuel squeeze around the pistons and down into the crankcase.If the escaped gases mix with the engine oi ... read more

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Exhaust

Straight and True in MADISON HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

Straight and True in MADISON HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

Most MADISON HEIGHTS folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by drivers in MADISON HEIGHTS is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are more expensive than an alignment check in MADISON HEIGHTS. Bad alignment can also cause damage to suspension and steering systems, which can be expensive to repair in MADISON HEIGHTS. Tire wear on misaligned wheels can also lead to blowouts, which are dangerous, can lead to serious accidents and can seriously damage your vehicle. Also, poor alignment itself can be the cause of an accident since the vehicle may not steer properly. One or more wheels on your veh ... read more

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Alignment

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in MADISON HEIGHTS

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in MADISON HEIGHTS

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the MADISON HEIGHTS area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local MADISON HEIGHTS service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of your driver's door that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure.And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops 20 percent below recommendations. That's severely underinflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at Intersta ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Nighttime Visibility in MADISON HEIGHTS

Nighttime Visibility in MADISON HEIGHTS

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the MADISON HEIGHTS area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility…It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can't be seen until you are just 20 feet away at night.Too make sure your headlights are giving you the greatest visibility, visit us at Interstate Auto Care, located at 526 E 14 MILE RD, MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071. Please give us a call to make an appointment: 248-307-1200.Accident avoidance is dependent on reaction time. Reaction time deteriorates measurably in low light conditions. One thing we can do to improve visibility is to make sure our headlights are as brig ... read more

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Headlamps

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?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 pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in MADISON HEIGHTS, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at Interstate Auto Care at 248-307-1200 for tire recommendations. You know, buying tires in MADISON HEIGHTS is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again.And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the tas ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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