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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in MADISON HEIGHTS

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in MADISON HEIGHTS

About 90% of our driving decisions in the MADISON HEIGHTS area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the MADISON HEIGHTS area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.MADISON HEIGHTS drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component ... read more

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Maintenance

The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Tire Specs

The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Tire Specs

You know you need newtires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the MADISON HEIGHTS service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.Tire size can be confusing for many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers. There's so much on the side of the tire, and it's hard to keep straight.Even though there's a lot on a tire - if you know what it all means, it's actually more helpful than confusing for MADISON HEIGHTS tire shoppers. Let's start with the size number.For example, let's say a tire reads: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The 225 part is the width of the tire in millimeters - the width between the sidewalls of an inflated tire with no load. The 50 is the aspect ratio - the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width. Off-road tires will have a higher ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Cooling System Components

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in MI.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if MADISON HEIGHTS drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflo ... read more

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Cooling System

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to MADISON HEIGHTS residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all MADISON HEIGHTS residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their MADISON HEIGHTS service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200 These recalls always affect safety, so MADISON HEIGHTS residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free r ... read more

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Maintenance

Interstate Auto Care Service for Your Exhaust System

Interstate Auto Care Service for Your Exhaust System

Your vehicle's exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your vehicle. The manifold is attached to the vehicle engine. It collects exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Gaskets seal the connection of the manifold to the engine and to other joints. A cracked or loose manifold or a leaking or damaged gasket can allow dangerous gases to enter the passenger compartment of a vehicle. One of these gases is carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless and deadly. For this reason, it is important American Fork residents keep their exhaust system in good repair. The pipes that connect the various parts of the exhaust system can rust or be damaged by rocks or other road debris. Such damage can cause dangerous gases to leak into the air.The catalytic converter is the next component of your vehicle exhaust system. It sort of looks li ... read more

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Exhaust

Easy Miles – Do MADISON HEIGHTS Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

Easy Miles – Do MADISON HEIGHTS Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) in 75°F (24°C) weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are adding stress to your engine. Change them significantly and you are driving under severe conditions.Let's look at the parameters one a time. First, the length of the trip. Short trips around MADISON HEIGHTS are harder on an engine than longer ones. As your engine cools down, water in the air condenses onto the engine. When you heat the engine again, the water evaporates off. This is healthy. But on short trips, the engine doesn't stay hot enough long enough for all of the water to evaporate. So it ... read more

The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

The automotive professionals at Interstate Auto Care would like to give MADISON HEIGHTS drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The MADISON HEIGHTS do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many MI ] owners rely on the advice of their friendly and knowledgeable Interstate Auto Care service advisor to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their vehicle and their driving habits in the MADISON HEIGHTS area.Let's start with engine oil. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers who have been paying attention will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the MI scene in the last sev ... read more

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Fluids

Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Interstate Auto Care

Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Interstate Auto Care

Anyone who drives a car in MADISON HEIGHTS knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good vehicle care requires keeping its cooling system in good condition.A vehicle's cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (coolant) through the engine where it absorbs heat. It then flows to the radiator where the water and antifreeze are cooled by the air that flows over the radiator. Then it circulates back into the vehicle's engine to absorb more heat.Why shouldn't MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners just use water? Because water boils at temperatures that are often reached inside of an engine. Steam won't cool your vehicle engine and is hard to contain within the cooling system. The antifreeze keeps the water from boiling.S ... read more

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Cooling System

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in MADISON HEIGHTS

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in MADISON HEIGHTS

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us MADISON HEIGHTS drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of car care. A poorly maintained transmission will fail and lead to repairs.The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. When it's clean and well-lubricated, it gives maximum fuel efficiency. But when it gets dirty or worn down, your transmission will suffer. Your transmission relies on transmission fluid to keep everything running well.This is why the transmission fluid must be changed periodically. Your owner's manual will give you a recommended time schedule for this service. Or, you can ask your friendly and knowledgeable Interstate Auto Care service advisor. Generally, the interval is around 35,000 miles (55,000 km) or every two years. But the interval for your veh ... read more

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Transmission

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Interstate Auto Care

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Interstate Auto Care

If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in MADISON HEIGHTS. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understanding of why that is, let's talk bicycles.You've probably seen plenty of cyclists on MADISON HEIGHTS roads. Perhaps you ride yourself. Then you know that a cyclist's cadence is the number of times per minute he or she pedals. The ideal pedal speed is the zone where they can most efficiently generate power over a sustained period of time. The experienced MI cyclist uses her gears to keep her pedal speed in the ideal zone whether she's climbing a hill, cruising on a flat stretch or killing a downhill.Think of it this way: if you have a 1-speed bike, you really have to pump hard to get up to speed. Your top speed is limited by how fast as you can pedal. And if you're climbin ... read more

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Transmission
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