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8 Common Causes of Flat Tires

Most drivers experience a flat tire at some point. It can be a dangerous and stressful situation, regardless of it being a blowout on the freeway or a slow leak leaving you stranded in the parking lot. A flat tire can jeopardize your safety as a driver. It can also create more serious problems with suspension, alignment, and the other tires if you drive on one for too long. That is why awareness is key. Now, there is no way to completely prevent flat tires, but knowing the most common causes of flat tires will help reduce the occurrence. Sharp Objects 8 COMMON CAUSES OF FLAT TIRESThings like nails or glass are the most common causes of flat tires. These objects can be hard to see, but if you notice debris in the road or parking lot, do your best to safely avoid it. Damage or Failure of the Valve Stem A flat tire doesn’t always come from holes in the rubber. The leak may come for elsewhere, like the valve stem. This is the part of ... read more

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Check these 7 Car Fluids in Spring

Winter is on the way out in Ortonville, MI, and there is no better time to give your car some springtime love. If you want to maintain your vehicle, and prepare it for warmer weather, here are some of the car fluids you need to check and maybe change this season. Motor Oil This is pretty basic, and the first fluid that should come to mind. To keep all the moving parts of your engine lubricated your car needs motor oil. But over time the oil fills with contaminants as it runs through all of the systems. You want to get your oil checked at changed every couple of months. This should be second nature. Radiator Fluid The coolant is what keeps your engine from freezing in the winter, but also from overheating once it gets running. Run low on radiator fluid and you increase the risk of getting stranded on the shoulder when your car overheats. To avoid this problem think about taking your car in for cooling system maintenance. Technicians can perfo ... read more

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Top 10 Distractions While Driving

It is probably no surprise that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of vehicle related accidents, injuries, and deaths. Hundreds of thousands of people are injured in auto accidents involving distracted driving every year. And the numbers only continue to rise. What is Considered Distracted Driving? Distracted driving consists of any activity where your eyes are off the road, hands are off the wheel, or your mind is off the primary task of safe driving. We have all done it at one point or another, but not all distractions are created equal. Here are some of the leading distractions, some minor and some more serious, and what you can do to avoid them. Adjusting Climate Control or the Radio While it seems harmless enough, adjusting the temperature or radio in your vehicle is a brief distraction that takes your attention from the road. Some cars put radio and A/C controls on the steering column. But if you don’t have that ... read more

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Spring Cleaning for Your Car

You probably spend time in the spring deep cleaning and organizing your home. But do you ever take the time to give your car a spring cleaning? It is important to get rid of all the winter mess and make sure your car is ready for the extra driving you tend to do in warmer weather. Here are a few simple tasks and auto repairs to spring clean your car: Clean and Organize the Compartments First thing’s first, get rid of all the receipts, food boxes, bottles, and other trash you have been collecting for the last few months. Then clear out the glove box and other compartments. And take the time to check all your documents and insurance to make sure they are up to date. Get Rid of Junk in the Trunk Next you want to clear out the trunk. Get rid of all the extra winter gear you have been toting around. It is also a good time to double check your spare tire and emergency kit. Clean Carpet and Upholstery Start wi ... read more

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Pros and Cons of Buying an Electric Car

With new advancement comes new technology, but with most everything, in the auto world they come with pros and cons. One particular advancement getting a lot of attention is cars that use electricity instead of petroleum. Advantages of Electric Cars Here are some advantages you can expect when you purchase an electric car: Quick and Quiet Most electric cars run smooth and quiet, whereas the combustion engine in conventional cars is typically loud. Electric cars are also quick because of the high torque which makes acceleration seamless. Recharging at Home Conventional cars put you at the mercy of the pumps. You have to pay the widely fluctuating gas prices if you want to get anywhere. But with electric cars, you don’t have to go to the gas station ever again. You can power up your car from the comfort of your home. Cheaper Operation Compared to gasoline, electricity is cheap. Th ... read more

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How to Safely Share the Road with Cyclists

With warmer weather in Clarkston, MI on the horizon, people are ready to get out of their homes and fight off the winter blues. Soon you will be sharing the road with a lot more than just motorists. There will be a lot more to pay attention to if you want to be a safe driver and avoid accidents, costly auto repairs, and injuries. So here are a few tips to help you navigate city roads safely and share the road, specifically with cyclists. What Cyclists Should Do to be Safe Here are a few tips if you are on a bike: Wear a Helmet There are several things you can wear as a cyclist to be safe, but the most important is your helmet. Make sure it is of proper size and you wear it the right way to protect your head should you get in an accident. Follow Traffic Signs and Laws Just because you are on a bike and have the right of way doesn’t mean you command the road. If you want to stay safe, you are responsible to ... read more

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Why do Car Batteries Die When it’s Cold?

Winter and extreme cold can do a number on your vehicle. Not just with all the ice, snow, and salt on the roads, but the cold can also impact things under the hood. Car batteries for one, commonly die in the winter—especially older batteries after a hot summer. Why does this happen? Here are a few reasons why a car battery fails in the winter and what you can do to prevent problems. Cold Slows Down Chemical Reactions Heat speeds up chemical reactions and cold slows them down. With a typical battery, there is a chemical reaction that allows it to have and hold a charge. So in the winter, you might notice your battery becomes sluggish. This can happen even if it remains unchanged. To nip this cold weather problem, think about installing a battery blanket, especially if you have to park your car outdoors in the cold winter months. Just be sure to check your owner’s manual and correctly install the battery blanket by following the instructions. Yo ... read more

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What the Color of your Exhaust Can Tell You

Have you ever been driving behind a vehicle and seen a different color of smoke coming from the exhaust? What does it mean when the smoke from the exhaust is visible or changes shades? Well, it could mean nothing. Or it could mean something is seriously wrong with your car and you need to have it checked out right away. So before your next trip goes up in smoke, here is what you need to know about car exhaust. Thin White Exhaust Smoke This is normal, especially on cold days. Typically, it is just water vapor burning up and being expelled after condensation collects in your exhaust system. Usually you will see it when you first start your car. But it is also common if you are heavy on the gas pedal. It isn’t anything to worry about. Thick White Smoke This is not normal. If it comes out in a persistent stream from the tailpipe, you might have a leaky head gasket. The coolant leaks and gets heated up in the combustion chamber. Then i ... read more

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How to Jump a Dead Car Battery

You have probably been in a situation where you get in a car, turn the ignition, and nothing happens. You might hear some clicks, but the engine won’t turn over. The likely culprit? A dead car battery. Fortunately, if you are prepared with some jumper cables and a little know-how, you can get your car started and back on the road in no time. Here is what you need to know: Why Does a Car Battery Die? Any number of things can cause a car battery to lose its charge. It can happen if you accidentally leave a dome light or your headlights on overnight. Or maybe you don’t drive your car for an entire month. You might have corrosion on the battery connections or problems with the charging system. Or ultimately, you might just have an old battery that is in poor condition. If your car battery dies, there are things you can do to revive it. The most common option is a jump start. How to Jump Start Your Vehicle Here are a few tips to follow so yo ... read more

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Everyday Ways to Cut Down on Tire Wear

While most of us want our cars to last forever, that simply can’t happen. Certain parts will wear out and break down over time. Perhaps the most common is tire wear. It is perfectly natural as the tires are constantly in contact with the road. But there are some things you can do to prolong the life of your tires. Tips to Reduce Tire Wear Here are some tips to follow if you want your tires to last longer: Change your Driving Habits There is absolutely no way to avoid all tire wear, but there are some driving behaviors you can avoid that commonly trigger tire wear. For example, taking curves and corners too fast. This puts more pressure and wear on the edges of front tires. Hitting potholes is another big one. This often causes tire wear and leaks and also could throw off the alignment of your car. Monitor Tire Pressure Properly inflated tires help distribute the force of your wheels against the road. Tires ... read more

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