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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Charge It in MADISON HEIGHTS for Extended Battery Life

Charge It in MADISON HEIGHTS for Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it'll die.It's clear that you MADISON HEIGHTS drivers need to recharge your batteries. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car's demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around MADISON HEIGHTS. The alternator just can't keep up.The result is shortened battery life. So what can we do to improve our battery's health?We need to keep the battery as close to a ... read more

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Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Interstate Auto Care

Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Interstate Auto Care

The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing MI residents to review their finances. More and more MADISON HEIGHTS drivers are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America today have over 75,000 miles/120,000 km on them. And the average age of vehicles is now over eleven years. That translates to some car care issues that many MADISON HEIGHTS men and women haven't dealt with in the past. Older vehicles simply have different maintenance requirements than newer ones. Learning those requirements presents a challenge for people in MADISON HEIGHTS because many owner's manuals only publish maintenance schedules up to 60,000 or 90,000 miles (96,000 or 145,000 km). Vehicle owners have to keep good records and be more involved in planning preventive maintenance if they want to keep their vehicles on the road. First of all, any service in your owner's manual t ... read more

Vive la Differential at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Vive la Differential at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

There are a lot of drivers in MADISON HEIGHTS who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in MI these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most MADISON HEIGHTS folks don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of your mind. It's not uncommon for people in MADISON HEIGHTS to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service.To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any MI high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means t ... read more

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Drive Train

Ask Interstate Auto Care About the Importance of Service Intervals

Ask Interstate Auto Care About the Importance of Service Intervals

Today in our Interstate Auto Care blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get more cavities. You might not discover health issues that benefit from early detection and treatment. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your overgrown lawn and have your power shut off.We all realize there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life diminishes and it inevitably costs more money.Have you ever wondered, "How often should I bring my car in for scheduled maintenance?" You ... read more

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