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Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI.Unless they drive a vintage car, MADISON HEIGHTS auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Interstate Auto Care uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.After a professional fuel system cleaning atInterstate Auto Care, you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service rec ... read more

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Introduction to Diesels for MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Introduction to Diesels for MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in MI are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many MADISON HEIGHTS drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense ... read more

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Higher Mileage Service Intervals for MADISON HEIGHTS

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for MADISON HEIGHTS

MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the MADISON HEIGHTS area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, MADISON HEIGHTS residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. 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 going.Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for MADISON H ... read more

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Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better for MADISON HEIGHTS Motorists

MADISON HEIGHTS residents know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airand before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the engine.Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same . The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.Why the big difference in power? D ... read more

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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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The Interstate Auto Care Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

There's a lot of auto advice in MI right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?” If the answer is yes, do more research.The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone's claims about gas savings. MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can usually find out in only minutes whether that claim is questionable or not.Chances are other MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have already tried what you're being offered. If you find evidence that others feel they have been scammed, you should be wary of becoming the next victim. There aren't any pills, magic or otherwise, that you can drop into your gas tank to improve your gas mileage. Drop in enough of those pills and you can actually harm your vehicle. The last thing you need ... read more

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Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Interstate Auto Care can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. You'll find Interstate Auto Care at 526 E 14 MILE RD in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071. Or just give us a call at 248-307-1200 to schedule an appointment. You'll ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your MADISON HEIGHTS Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the MADISON HEIGHTS area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local MADISON HEIGHTS gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.So keep it clean at Interstate Auto Care  and give yourself a fighting chance. Interstate Auto Care 526 E 14 MILE RD MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071 248-307-1200

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To Save Gas Around MADISON HEIGHTS: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

To Save Gas Around MADISON HEIGHTS: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

  One topic that hits the news in MI on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some MI drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in MADISON HEIGHTS who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Interstate Auto Care is one of the best ways people in MADISON HEIGHTS can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy.Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for MI drivers.Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings b ... read more

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Maintaining Your Diesel in MADISON HEIGHTS

Maintaining Your Diesel in MADISON HEIGHTS

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in the MADISON HEIGHTS area because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more MADISON HEIGHTS diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV's.Diesels are popular in MI because they get better fuel economy than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you're not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past.Diesels don't produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in MI as for other vehicles.Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or from c ... read more

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