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Clean Fuel – Clean Performance for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

Clean Fuel – Clean Performance for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the vehicle engine.MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better your vehicle engine will run.Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your vehicle ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel.The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your owner's manual to find out how often it should be serviced and how long you can expect it to last ... read more

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Fuel System

Tracking True in MADISON HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

Tracking True in MADISON HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

At Interstate Auto Care, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Interstate Auto Care alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels moving in precisely the same direction.If you don't remember hitting a pothole, how do you know if your wheels are out? The most obvious sign is that your vehicle pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you're in the habit of checking your tire wear regularly, you may notice the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down. You should have your MADISON HEIGHTS auto service center look it over. Of course, if you've been in an a ... read more

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Alignment

The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

There's a lot of auto advice in MI right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?” If the answer is yes, do more research.The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone's claims about gas savings. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can usually find out in only minutes whether that claim is questionable or not.Chances are other MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have already tried what you're being offered. If you find evidence that others feel they have been scammed, you should be wary of becoming the next victim. There aren't any pills, magic or otherwise, that you can drop into your gas tank to improve your gas mileage. Drop in enough of those pills and you can actually harm your vehicle. The last thing you need ... read more

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Fuel System

Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You've gotta have good brakes. If you've got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”That's why a regular brake inspection is on every MADISON HEIGHTS driver's maintenance schedule. An inspection by your service advisor at Interstate Auto Care will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS right away. Here are some symptoms for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers to watch for: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes If you are experiencing any of these, it's time to get your brakes checked. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Interstate Auto Care .There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a roto ... read more

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Brakes

Transmission Care in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Transmission Care in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Do you have any plans around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, for the weekend? Maybe you and some friends are taking the boat up to the lake. Maybe you'll be having a lot of fun water skiing and doing a little fishing.You got the boat all ready. It's all gassed up. You packed lots of snacks and the cooler's stocked – ready to go.How about your tow vehicle? It has plenty of gas and you've even vacuumed it out, but is your auto maintenance up to date?Stop and think. You'll have some heavy traffic on your way out of town. Hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and you may have hot weather. And all the time you're going to be towing around a lot of extra weight.That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Your transmission's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. What's a fun little blast to the lake for you ... read more

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Transmission

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, MADISON HEIGHTS Car Owners

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, MADISON HEIGHTS Car Owners

A generation ago, MADISON HEIGHTS drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your MADISON HEIGHTS shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in MADISON HEIGHTS used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the vehicle was in for a tune-up at Interstate Auto Care, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time.Today's engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the last few decades, and s ... read more

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Maintenance

Deciphering the Interstate Auto Care Menu Board

Deciphering the Interstate Auto Care Menu Board

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, service centers like Interstate Auto Care have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give Interstate Auto Care a call at 248-307-1200 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI auto center at 526 E 14 MILE RD, 48071. First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles/kilometers the service should be done.Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also ... read more

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings for MADISON HEIGHTS vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Interstate Auto Care post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000)  or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for MADISON HEIGHTS vehicles. The bearings are packed ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Interstate Auto Care can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll find Interstate Auto Care at 526 E 14 MILE RD in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071. Or just give us a call at 248-307-1200 to schedule an appointment. You'll ... read more

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Fuel System

Air Conditioning Service in MADISON HEIGHTS

Air Conditioning Service in MADISON HEIGHTS

Hey MADISON HEIGHTS! Let's talk about one of our MI summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS. When most MADISON HEIGHTS folks hear the words "air conditioning problems." it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it's broken, it's hard to repair.What things can MADISON HEIGHTS drivers do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?A common cause of ai ... read more

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Air Conditioning
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