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Monthly Archives: November 2021

Odometer Rollback on Your MADISON HEIGHTS, MI Vehicle

  How do MADISON HEIGHTS drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect MI consumers against mileage fraud. It says a MI seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, stop by Interstate Auto Care: Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can MADISON HEIGHTS vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, t ... read more

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Older Vehicles

The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of MADISON HEIGHTS drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in MADISON HEIGHTS. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That's what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on MI roads. And it automatically shifts back down to climb MADISON HEIGHTS hills, pass or start up again.Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common. A ... read more

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Engine Air Filter from Interstate Auto Care

Many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at Interstate Auto Care recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your Interstate Auto Care service advisor for more information. It's your vehicle and you have a right to understand what you're paying for.Let's review: "What does an air filter do?"Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in MADISON HEIGHTS right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in MI with hay fever can tell you that there's plenty in the air that you can't see. Well, the engine air filter's job is to clean that air before it goes into your vehicle engine, to mix with the fuel and ... read more

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Fuel System

The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people in MADISON HEIGHTS say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid.Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and distances march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories w ... read more

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Maintenance
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