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Arrive Alive in MADISON HEIGHTS

Arrive Alive in MADISON HEIGHTS

We've all seen drivers do crazy things while driving to or from MADISON HEIGHTS. A guy shaving in the rear-view mirror, a woman applying makeup, people talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee mug. It's a wonder we even dare drive on MI roads.The truth is that all of us are distracted when we drive. Unfortunately, traffic, road construction and other external factors are beyond our control. The distractions inside our car, however, are things we can often control.Here's some things that'll give you more control in your car, and help keep your attention on the roads around MADISON HEIGHTS. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers who are 16 to 20 years old tend to be more distracted by the radio, CD or MP3 player. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers who are 20 to 29 are more distracted by passengers in the car, including small children. Those over age 65 tend to be more distracted by objects or events that are outside of the vehicle. Other factors like fatigue, stress and lack of sleep ... read more

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the MADISON HEIGHTS area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It's an early warning indicator. When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at Interstate Auto Care soon. Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It woul ... read more

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Brakes

E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Interstate Auto Care

E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Interstate Auto Care

  Today at Interstate Auto Care we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the MADISON HEIGHTS area. Some newer vehicle models are specifically built to run on E-85 – the rest are not. Does your vehicle use E-85 gasoline? Bring it down to Interstate Auto Care at 526 E 14 MILE RD in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071, to find out, or give us a call to make an appointment by calling 248-307-1200. E-85 gasoline has been developed to fight air pollution and reduce oil consumption. E-85 fuel is a mix of 85% ethanol, a grain-base alcohol, and 15% gasoline. So-called Flex-Fuel vehicles are designed to use either normal gasoline or E-85 gas. The result is lower exhaust emissions to our local MADISON HEIGHTS community.All ga ... read more

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Warranty

Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Interstate Auto Care

Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Interstate Auto Care

These days many people in the MADISON HEIGHTS area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your MADISON HEIGHTS service advisor at Interstate Auto Care do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement ... read more

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Maintenance

Busting Automotive Myths in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Busting Automotive Myths in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Myths passed around our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the MADISON HEIGHTS area, come over to Interstate Auto Care. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grea ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the MADISON HEIGHTS area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local MADISON HEIGHTS gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.So keep it clean at Interstate Auto Care  and give yourself a fighting chance. Interstate Auto Care 526 E 14 MILE RD MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071 248-307-1200

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Fuel System

Brake Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Brake Service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every MI driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At Interstate Auto Care, our team 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 your MADISON HEIGHTS service center right away. And watch out for these problems: 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 There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.There are several things that need to be se ... read more

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Brakes

Economics of Maintenance for MADISON HEIGHTS Auto Owners

Economics of Maintenance for MADISON HEIGHTS Auto Owners

Buying a new car in MADISON HEIGHTS is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in MADISON HEIGHTS who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in MADISON HEIGHTS and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's&nb ... read more

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Maintenance

To Save Gas Around MADISON HEIGHTS: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

To Save Gas Around MADISON HEIGHTS: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

  One topic that hits the news in MI on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some MI drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in MADISON HEIGHTS who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Interstate Auto Care is one of the best ways people in MADISON HEIGHTS can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy.Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for MI drivers.Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings b ... read more

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Fuel System

Maintaining Your Diesel in MADISON HEIGHTS

Maintaining Your Diesel in MADISON HEIGHTS

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in the MADISON HEIGHTS area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more MADISON HEIGHTS diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV's.Diesels are popular in MI because they get better fuel economy than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you're not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past.Diesels don't produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in MI as for other vehicles.Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or from c ... read more

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Fuel System
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