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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Interstate Auto Care

Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Interstate Auto Care

Anyone who drives a car in MADISON HEIGHTS knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good vehicle care requires keeping its cooling system in good condition.A vehicle's cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (coolant) through the engine where it absorbs heat. It then flows to the radiator where the water and antifreeze are cooled by the air that flows over the radiator. Then it circulates back into the vehicle's engine to absorb more heat.Why shouldn't MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners just use water? Because water boils at temperatures that are often reached inside of an engine. Steam won't cool your vehicle engine and is hard to contain within the cooling system. The antifreeze keeps the water from boiling.S ... read more

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Cooling System

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in MADISON HEIGHTS

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in MADISON HEIGHTS

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us MADISON HEIGHTS drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of car care. A poorly maintained transmission will fail and lead to repairs.The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. When it's clean and well-lubricated, it gives maximum fuel efficiency. But when it gets dirty or worn down, your transmission will suffer. Your transmission relies on transmission fluid to keep everything running well.This is why the transmission fluid must be changed periodically. Your owner's manual will give you a recommended time schedule for this service. Or, you can ask your friendly and knowledgeable Interstate Auto Care service advisor. Generally, the interval is around 35,000 miles (55,000 km) or every two years. But the interval for your veh ... read more

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Transmission

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Interstate Auto Care

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Interstate Auto Care

If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in MADISON HEIGHTS. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understanding of why that is, let's talk bicycles.You've probably seen plenty of cyclists on MADISON HEIGHTS roads. Perhaps you ride yourself. Then you know that a cyclist's cadence is the number of times per minute he or she pedals. The ideal pedal speed is the zone where they can most efficiently generate power over a sustained period of time. The experienced MI cyclist uses her gears to keep her pedal speed in the ideal zone whether she's climbing a hill, cruising on a flat stretch or killing a downhill.Think of it this way: if you have a 1-speed bike, you really have to pump hard to get up to speed. Your top speed is limited by how fast as you can pedal. And if you're climbin ... read more

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Transmission

Clean Fuel – Clean Performance for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

Clean Fuel – Clean Performance for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the vehicle engine.MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better your vehicle engine will run.Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your vehicle ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel.The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your owner's manual to find out how often it should be serviced and how long you can expect it to last ... read more

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Fuel System

Tracking True in MADISON HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

Tracking True in MADISON HEIGHTS: Wheel Alignment

At Interstate Auto Care, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Interstate Auto Care alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels moving in precisely the same direction.If you don't remember hitting a pothole, how do you know if your wheels are out? The most obvious sign is that your vehicle pulls to one side. Also, your steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you're in the habit of checking your tire wear regularly, you may notice the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down. You should have your MADISON HEIGHTS auto service center look it over. Of course, if you've been in an a ... read more

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Alignment
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