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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 ful ... 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

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 perfor ... read more

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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. Then we ... read more

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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 ... read more

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Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, MADISON HEIGHTS Car Owners

A generation ago, MADISON HEIGHTS drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your MADISON HEIGHTS shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in MADISON HEIGHTS used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the vehicle was in for a tune-up at Interstate Auto Care, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time.Today's engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles/160,000 km. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the last few decades, and ... read more

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Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Interstate Auto Care

These days many people in the MADISON HEIGHTS area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your MADISON HEIGHTS service advisor at Interstate Auto Care do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement ... read more

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Busting Automotive Myths in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI

Myths passed around our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the MADISON HEIGHTS area, come over to Interstate Auto Care. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some gre ... read more

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Economics of Maintenance for MADISON HEIGHTS Auto Owners

Buying a new car in MADISON HEIGHTS is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in MADISON HEIGHTS who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in MADISON HEIGHTS and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's&n ... read more

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