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Monthly Archives: March 2022

Maintaining Your Older Car in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the MADISON HEIGHTS motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the MADISON HEIGHTS area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in MI have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. 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 goin'.Give Interstate Auto Care a call at 248-307-1200 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn ... read more

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Maintenance

Not-So-Common Sense (Sensor Failures)

So your vehicle won't start.  What's the first thing that comes to mind?  Battery dead? Starter motor worn out? Out of gas?  Well, those are all reasons that make sense.  But your vehicle may be refusing to start because one of its computers is being warned that to do so might damage it.  Here's how that works. You have lots of computers in your vehicle.  They need to know the status of things so there are several sensors monitoring various things going on.  These sensors send information to the computers that adjust the fuel and air mixture so you don't waste fuel.  They know when things aren't quite right and prevent you from starting your engine if that's going to damage it.  Other sensors make sure the coolant is the right temperature, check to see you are not polluting the air and make sure other electronic components are performing their tasks correctly. Here's an example of a sensor doing its job.  Your engine needs oil to lubric ... read more

By the Numbers: Tire Replacement at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, MADISON HEIGHTS drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local MADISON HEIGHTS tire store.Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters, or the width between the sidewalls of the tire when it is fully inflated and not carrying a load. When MADISON HEIGHTS drivers replace tires, they need to match this width number, or the tires won't fit properly in the wheel wells.The 50 is the aspect ratio of the tire, which is measured by taking the height of the sidewalls and dividing it by the tread width. If you drive off-road around the MADISON HEIGHTS area, it should have a ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Battery Replacement at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Battery Replacement at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Hello, welcome to Interstate Auto Care. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in MADISON HEIGHTS runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Interstate Auto Care are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in MI, specifically how cold it is. (Many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle's engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperatur ... read more

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Battery
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