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A Stitch in Time at Interstate Auto Care

You probably have heard that expression, "A stitch in time saves nine." In other words, if you fix an issue at its early stages, it will prevent a much more difficult problem later. That's certainly the case with your vehicle, and here's a true story to demonstrate it. A driver noticed his vehicle was due for an oil change, so he took it in to his service facility early in the morning so he could wait while the work was performed. The technician routinely checks the battery on vehicles just before extreme weather is approaching (cold or hot), so with winter coming up, he hooked up the load tester (it measures voltage while a load is put on the battery). It showed the battery wasn't holding a charge well. The technician checked the manufacturing date on the battery, too (most batteries have a date stamped in code somewhere on them). The date showed it was five years old. While batteries can last more than five years, many technicians say you should expect to get anywhere from three to s ... read more

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Battery Basics for MADISON HEIGHTS

Battery Basics for MADISON HEIGHTS

It's important for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold MI weather. Most MADISON HEIGHTS area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short MADISON HEIGHTS trips because the alternator doesn't have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter.As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren't capable of taking a full ch ... read more

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A New Battery in MADISON HEIGHTS

Hello MADISON HEIGHTS drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in MADISON HEIGHTS, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.The weather where you live in MI also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder&nbs ... read more

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Need a New Battery? Call Interstate Auto Care Today

Hello MADISON HEIGHTS drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around MADISON HEIGHTS, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be replaced. This also speeds up wear on the alternator.Your Interstate Auto Care service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around MADISON HEIGHTS, as well as the MI climate and durability needs.Contact Interstate Auto Care for information on battery replacement.Give us a call. Interstate Auto Care 526 E 14 MILE RD MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071 248

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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 ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Interstate Auto Care: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Interstate Auto Care when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Interstate Auto Care service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for MI drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200  

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