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Monthly Archives: March 2019

For 4x4s (Maintenance of 4x4 Vehicles)

Some people love 4x4 vehicles, the true 4-wheel drive works of engineering like Jeeps and 4x4 pickups that allow you to seemingly go anywhere on the planet. You can climb up a 40-degree rock trail with some planning and skill (always careful to protect the environment, of course), or you can get through the deepest snow. But with that added capability comes additional complexity, drive-train components and other systems that less capable vehicles don't have.  And that is why when it comes to 4x4s, you have to maintain them a little differently from those vehicles that spend their lives on pavement.  Here are some of the key things to keep an eye on: Transfer case—This transfers power from the engine to the wheels.  A transfer case has fluid in it that needs to be changed at intervals recommended by the manufacturer.  Your service advisor will let you know how often that is and will keep track of your service dates.  You will need to make sure the transfe ... read more

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Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in MADISON HEIGHTS

Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in MADISON HEIGHTS

Today we're going to talk about power steering service in MADISON HEIGHTS. If you took an informal poll around MADISON HEIGHTS you'd probably find that most vehicle owners have never heard of power steering service. That's not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in MADISON HEIGHTS aren't aware that it needs periodic service.If you're younger than a certain age, you've probably never driven a vehicle without power steering. To get an idea of the difference; if you've ever cut a board with a hand saw, you know it's a lot of work. Using a power saw is easy-peasy by comparison.Without power steering, your arms have to do all the work to steer the wheels, and that's hard, especially around downtown MADISON HEIGHTS. That's why old cars had such big steering wheels: to get enough leverage to steer.Most vehicles in MADISON HEIGHTS have a hydraulic power steering system. The serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump. The pump pressur ... read more

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Steering

What MADISON HEIGHTS Customers like About Us at Interstate Auto Care

A big part of the service we provide at Interstate Auto Care for our MADISON HEIGHTS customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued MADISON HEIGHTS area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Interstate Auto Care automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our MADISON HEIGHTS customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Interstate Auto Care is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in MADISON HEIGHTS live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Interstate Auto Care service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook ... read more

Your Well Trained Technician at Interstate Auto Care

When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in MADISON HEIGHTS, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.If you've ever checked into some of the technician training Interstate Auto Care professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep MADISON HEIGHTS gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity.  ... read more

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Safety

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Local MADISON HEIGHTS roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around MADISON HEIGHTS would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You'll also want jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card.People who live in areas with frequent severe weather or earthquakes may want to carry provisions for longer emergencies.For trips ... read more

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