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Monthly Archives: February 2020

MADISON HEIGHTS Customer Detective Work

One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed.Cars in MI are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So, it's challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get to the bottom of a problem. If it's not something obvious, it's easy for the customer to focus on the fixing and not the diagnosing.Let us at Interstate Auto Care introduce you to something we'll call 'Customer Detective Work' –  helping your technician find clues to what's wrong.We start with the detective basics: What, Where and When. Play along with me; You come in to Interstate Auto Care and your car is making a funny sound... Q: Where's the sound? A: Around the right front wheel. Q: What kind of sound? A: K ... read more

Check Your Shocks and Struts at Interstate Auto Care

  Today we're talking to MADISON HEIGHTS drivers about shocks and struts. They're so easy for MI folks to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they're very important.Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting on corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers. There's a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. Now a strut combines a shock and a coil spring in one compact unit. It's best to replace all four shocks at the same time. That way you'll have even, predictable handling at all four corners. Anything less could be dangerous. Visit Interstate Auto Care to h ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Clean Slate (Protecting Vehicle's Finish)

Winter is one of the hardest times to keep your vehicle clean. But did you know neglecting to wash your vehicle in winter could cost you a significant amount of money in the long run? Here's why. Many areas deal with snow and ice in the winter, and the salt and sand that are used to keep the road surfaces from being slick are also super corrosive to a vehicle's metal body and undercarriage.  That includes all the parts underneath that can be splashed with brine, saltwater and other road debris.  Winter is also tough on vehicles where there isn’t snow, sometimes from ocean salt or winter's extra humidity and rain.  If you have any breaks in your vehicle's paint, whether it be from a little fender bender or a stone chip, that corrosive winter moisture can get through those cracks and start eating away at the metal underneath.  If you can, you should get any dents or damage fixed as soon as possible so your vehicle has a protective layer of paint between road che ... read more

Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in MADISON HEIGHTS. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when MADISON HEIGHTS drivers should replace their brake pads at Interstate Auto Care. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.If your brakes are making noise, ask your Interstate Auto Care service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200

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Brakes
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