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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in MADISON HEIGHTS

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in MADISON HEIGHTS

There's a segment of the MADISON HEIGHTS area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Interstate Auto Care for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in MADISON HEIGHTS have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major re ... read more

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Interstate Auto Care On Your Serpentine Belt

Interstate Auto Care On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around MI in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most MADISON HEIGHTS residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a ... read more

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Relax When the Wind Blows in MI: Winter Car Prep for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

When autumn comes around in MADISON HEIGHTS, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for MADISON HEIGHTS drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the MI winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of MI winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbat ... read more

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and MADISON HEIGHTS drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in MADISON HEIGHTS.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same ... read more

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Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

Why a Trip Inspection Is a Good Idea

At Interstate Auto Care we get a lot of MADISON HEIGHTS drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around MI, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart MADISON HEIGHTS drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around MADISON HEIGHTS to see if you can feel any vibrations: Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Interstate Auto Care for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.526 E 14 MILE RD MADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071 248-307-1200 The next thing is a full ... read more

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Change Your Wiper Blades Twice Yearly at Interstate Auto Care

Because 90% of our driving decisions are based on visual information, unobscured vision is paramount. Which brings us to the topic of today's Interstate Auto Care article: wiper blades. While this isn't the most exciting automotive subject, it's important. You wouldn't drive at night in MADISON HEIGHTS with your headlights off, but a dirty or streaked vehicle windshield can catch the glare of the sun or on-coming headlights and make it just as difficult to see.Most of us in MADISON HEIGHTS replace our wiper blades when they no longer do the job. They are so worn, hard or brittle that they can't clean the windshield. They may even be falling apart. In other words, we deal with our wiper blades from a failure perspective. We address them when they no longer function. The theory, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," doesn't apply here. Instead, we should think about wipers blades as an important safety system that we should maintain r ... read more

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MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among MADISON HEIGHTS drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should MADISON HEIGHTS drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around MADISON HEIGHTS?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero MI temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in MI?Do you drive often in dusty MADISON HEIGHTS areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around MADISON HEIGHTS?Do you drive in very hot or very cold MI weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest MADISON HEIGHTS on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on MADISON HEIGHTS surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is ... read more

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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Interstate Auto Care tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for MADISON HEIGHTS residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle perform ... read more

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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in MADISON HEIGHTS

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in MADISON HEIGHTS

About 90% of our driving decisions in the MADISON HEIGHTS area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the MADISON HEIGHTS area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.MADISON HEIGHTS drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component ... read more

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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to MADISON HEIGHTS residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all MADISON HEIGHTS residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their MADISON HEIGHTS service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: Interstate Auto Care526 E 14 MILE RDMADISON HEIGHTS, MI 48071248-307-1200 These recalls always affect safety, so MADISON HEIGHTS residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free r ... read more

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