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Yearly Archives: 2018

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

Should MADISON HEIGHTS Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Interstate Auto Care tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around MADISON HEIGHTS are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside MI temperatures are below freezing.3. You don't do a lot of MI freeway driving, so you drive at low speeds most of the time.4. You drive in an area with a lot of pollution, dust, dirt, mud or slush.5. You frequently tow a trailer, haul heavy loads around MADISON HEIGHTS or use a car-top carrier.6. The weather in your area can get very hot or very cold.Surprising, isn't it? Severe driving isn't quite what you'd envisioned.Ask yourself: "Which auto service schedule should I follow?" For some of us, it's obvious. But f ... read more

Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better for MADISON HEIGHTS Motorists

MADISON HEIGHTS residents know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airand before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the engine.Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same . The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.Why the big difference in power? D ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Air Conditioning – Common Problem

Your auto air conditioning system cools and conditions the air in your passenger compartment when you are driving around MADISON HEIGHTS. It also removes moisture from the air to keep your windows from fogging up.A common A/C problem for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers that visit Interstate Auto Care is contaminated refrigerant (the gas that cools the air). The inside of the A/C hoses deteriorates over time and tiny fragments of rubber clog passages. This makes the system less efficient and overworks various components.Leaks can develop at seals and gaskets and may reduce the amount of refrigerant, causing the system to work too hard to compensate. Dirty components can have the same consequences.Ask your Interstate Auto Care service advisor for an air conditioning system inspection to make sure everything is up to spec.Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200  

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Air Conditioning
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