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Tips for Better Fuel Efficiency This Summer

Summer is full of friends, adventure, and fun—but it also comes with higher gas prices and lower fuel efficiency. This means you are spending more money on gas when you would much rather be spending it on other things. Fortunately there are several things you can do in summer to improve gas mileage and save some green. These are just a few tips to help you get started: Adjust Air Conditioner Most drivers know that to save on gas mileage in the summer they need to limit use of the air conditioning as much as possible. But repeatedly blasting the A/C on high for a few minutes and then shutting it off completely is not the most efficient method. Instead the best thing to do is adjust the temperature setting to somewhere in the middle. Set it to where you cool the air just enough to remain comfortable, but not cooling more than you need to. Roll Down the Windows Before turning on the air conditioning, roll your windows down to let hot air out. Thi ... read more

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Summer Car Care Checklist

Summer is here in Ortonville, MI and with it comes longer days, some humidity, and definitely extra heat. All of this impacts how your car runs. So to prepare for this change of season, here are a few items you want to get on top of as soon as possible: Oil You have heard it a hundred times, but this is still the best advice to keep your car on the road. Make sure you change the oil as specified in your owner’s manual—about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. It is also a great idea to perform an oil change at the beginning of every summer. Why? Because the heat causes thermal breakdown and makes oil a less reliable lubricant. So get ahead of these issues with an early oil change. Coolant Antifreeze is important in the winter, and vital in the summer. Because of the heat, this important fluid must work triple time. Over time the coolant degrades, just like oil. And because it lubricates the water pump and guards against corrosion, you want to f ... read more

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I Hit a Large Pothole, Now What Should I Do?

Potholes are notorious for causing all kinds of problems for cars in Goodrich, MI. With proper inflation your tires and vehicle should be able to handle shallower potholes. But hitting a big pothole will be unmistakable. The sudden dip and the violent jarring when your tire makes impact often does more than just rattle your bones. The damage to your vehicle is almost inevitable. Sometimes it might be immediately noticeable and you will need to get your car in for auto repairs right away. Other times the problems from pothole damage will sneak up on you, and it can take a little longer to identify. Here is some information and some advice to follow after you hit a pothole. Potential Damage from Potholes Problems that can stem from hitting a pothole include: Tire puncture, wear, or damage Wheel rim damage Premature wear on struts and shocks Suspension damage Steering misalignment Exhaust system damage En ... read more

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5 Most Common Car Air Conditioning Problems

Air conditioning is a standard feature in most new cars. But unfortunately many vehicle owners consider air conditioning non-essential. The engine, brakes, suspension, and transmission generally take priority—and rightly so. But this means the air conditioning is often overlooked and can develop costly issues. Instead you want professional technicians to routinely service your air conditioning to address any emerging issues and help you avoid more expensive repairs down the line. Moisture Typically when working properly, the air conditioner in your car will cool, dry, and clear the air. But if the system develops leaks and is contaminated by moisture, then it cannot clear it out and cool the air. Not only that, but moisture can mix with refrigerant and create a corrosive acid that can damage some vital parts, and the repair will be expensive. Odors Micro-organisms, fungi, and bacteria can develop in your air conditioning system wh ... read more

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Signs your Car Battery is on the Way Out

The battery is a lot like the heart of your car, and without it your car won’t start, move, or do much of anything. That is why it is important to know what to watch for when it is time for a battery replacement. These are a few symptoms that can show it is time to get your car in for a replacement battery: Slow Engine Crank Often this is one of the first indicators of a bad battery, but drivers tend to ignore it. Once the car is started, the alternator is what keeps the power going. But the ignition is powered solely by the battery. So if the cranking gets sluggish and starts to take longer, you probably have a battery problem. No Start Sometimes when the weather is cold it can be hard to start your car. But if the engine consistently fails to start, even despite the cold, then your battery is bad. A jumpstart is a temporary fix, but eventually you will need to replace the battery. Low Battery Fluid On ... read more

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Easy Fixes for Common Windshield Wiper Problems

Have you ever been essentially “driving blind” through torrential rain because your wipers weren’t functioning? It is scary and dangerous. But you probably don’t think much about your car’s windshield wipers until something like that happens. What can you do? Here are some of the most common problems you might experience with your wipers and what you can do to solve them. Chattering Sounds The sound of wiper blades chattering against the windshield isn’t just annoying. It means they are not working properly. Instead of the water wiping way efficiently you will probably see streaks. Most often this comes from buildup on the blades. There might be wax, grease, frost, or oil on the blades that keep them from properly cleaning away the water. To test this theory you should give your wiper blades and the windshield a good cleaning. Removing the frost or residue should give you a smooth, streakless operation. But if that doesn’t fix the chattering the wiper arm mi ... read more

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8 FAQs about Oil Changes

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. And just like tire rotations and break service, changing the oil should be a standard for routine auto care. Have questions about oil changes? Find the answers right here. Why do I need routine oil changes? The oil in your engine helps everything run smoothly. Just think of all the moving parts that require lubrication. Motor oil also helps keeps your car from overheating by reducing friction and transferring some of the unwanted heat. What happens if I don’t get regular oil changes? If the oil gets too old or too low then it won’t perform its jobs very well. This can cause unnecessary wear on the engine, overheating, and in extreme cases, seizes the engine. Those can be nasty and expensive problems. That is why regular oil changes are so important. When should I change the oil? Specifications for scheduling your oil changes will be outlined in your owner’s manual ... read more

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5 Signs you Need to Change your Spark Plugs

When your car has trouble starting it isn’t always because of the battery. It could actually be old and faulty spark plugs. Though small, spark plugs have a big job to do. That is why you need to pay attention and know what to watch for, so you can stay ahead of some major problems. Here are a few signs that you might need to change your spark plugs. What do Spark Plugs and Wires Do? The high-voltage components in your vehicle, including the plugs and wires, provide the spark for your combustion engine. Wires transmit the electricity from the distributor coil directly to the plugs. When the plugs spark it igniters the fuel and oxygen mixture in the cylinders to drive the pistons. In turn, that controlled explosion gives the pistons power to move your vehicle. Like other parts, residue can build up on the parts or they can break down. Typically spark plugs are expected to last about 45,000 miles. But the numbers will vary depending on your driving and maintenanc ... read more

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5 Steps for Dealing with a Flat Tire

It finally happened. You are cruising down the road when you hear an odd pop. Maybe the tire pressure warning light on your dashboard flips on. But the problem is made unmistakable by the flump flump of your deflating tire. A deflating tire is sometimes unavoidable. So here are some tips to help you stay safe and resolve the problem if it happens to you. Keep Calm and Stay Safe If you are driving at high speeds and blow a tire it can be extremely dangerous. Don’t slam on your breaks, or this may cause you to lose even more control of your car. Instead take your foot off the gas to slow down gradually. Always hold the steering wheel with two hands, and make your way to the shoulder of the road. When you have slowed down safely, gently apply the brakes to come to a complete stop. Make sure you give yourself as much space as possible between you and oncoming traffic. If you are on the freeway it is best to pull off on a larger shoulder or off the next exit to a gas s ... read more

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Do I Need New Shocks or Struts?

Your shock absorption system in your car does more than just ensure a smooth ride. In fact, the primary purpose of shock absorbers is to help you maintain control while you drive. And worn or failing shocks will not only make your ride uncomfortable, but also unsafe. Not sure if you are at risk behind the wheel? Here are common signs that your shocks or struts need to be replaced as soon as possible: Uneven Wear on the Tires Your tires should keep uniform contact on the road for stability and control. And uneven wear always indicates a problem. It could mean your wheels are out of alignment. Or it might also be that the suspension does not keep tires firmly on the road. And uneven wear increases your risk of getting a sudden flat or hydroplaning. Rocking and Rattling No, it is not likely you are driving through a mini-earthquake. But that shaking, rattling, and rocking feeling you get when you drive could point to trouble with th ... read more

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