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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Interstate Auto Care we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers.Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your car might have. Your friendly and professional Interstate Auto Care service advisor can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.Give us a call.Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200  

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Serpentine Belt

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Tire Rotation and Balancing at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Tires do a lot of work for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around MADISON HEIGHTS. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible. There are three keys to long, even tire wear for MADISON HEIGHTS driving: Proper tire inflation Proper wheel alignment Regular tire rotation and balancing The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That's especially true of front-wheel-drive vehicles whose front tires steer and put the power t ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

Imagine you've left MADISON HEIGHTS and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.You're wasting kibble.The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the vehicle; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You're wasting gas.So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is important to get it checked right away if you feel the vehicle pulling to one side.Sometimes we MADISON HEIGHTS residents bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. A ... read more

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Alignment

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI.Unless they drive a vintage car, MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Interstate Auto Care uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.After a professional fuel system cleaning atInterstate Auto Care, you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service rec ... read more

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Fuel System
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