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Yearly Archives: 2017

8 Signs it is Time for a New Car Battery

“If I had only known sooner, or known what to watch for.” So many of our customers come to us with this claim, and we have all been there. The last thing a driver wants is to have their car stall and not be able to start it again. A car battery can drain for any number of reasons—heat, cold, idleness, or simply forgetting to switch off the lights. As a battery gets older it will be more difficult to hold a charge—and eventually, the battery becomes obsolete. Here are some signs to watch for if this is happening: 1. Slow Engine Crank You might not realize, but it takes a lot of power to get your car started. This power comes solely from the battery. Once the engine turns over the alternator kicks in and keeps the battery going. You might notice the engine taking longer to turn over. If it cranks a few times before starting up, then you know something is up. It could be a problem with the wiring or the contacts, it might just be cold outside, or your battery might be running ... read more

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How to Save your Car from the Summer Heat

With summer well underway in Grand Blanc, MI and high temperatures on the rise, you need to know how the heat can take a toll on your car. It can push your car to the limit and eventually might leave you stranded in the heat waiting for a tow truck and expensive auto repairs. So here are the 5 biggest areas of concern: 1. Battery The most common component of your car affected by the heat is the battery. Everyone knows cold weather is bad for your battery, but hot weather is as well. Heat accelerates the chemical activity inside the battery, draining it of useable life. Higher temperatures can also cause the water and chemicals inside to evaporate, exposing the lead plates and causing corrosion. One thing you can do is clean any battery corrosion from the terminals. Also, if your battery is more than three years old, it is a good idea to have a technician check it. 2. Tires At the first sign of higher temperatures, you should check the tire pressure once a month an ... read more

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How to Maintain a Healthy Coolant System in your Car

With summer well underway in White Lake, MI you want to make sure you are doing all you can to prevent unwanted breakdowns. A large part of that is keeping the engine cool. That last thing you want to see on a summer road trip is the temperature gauge creeping into the red zone. What is the Cooling System? A typical 4-cylinder car cruising at 50 mph produces about 4,000 controlled explosions per minute as spark plugs ignite the fuel in the cylinders. This is what propels your car down the road, but also produces an enormous amount of heat. If not controlled, that extreme temperature will destroy your engine. That is where the cooling system comes in. It helps maintain an optimal temperature. The system consists of several parts including hoses, pumps, caps, fans, a radiator, thermostat, and reserve tank. Coolant flows through the passages inside the engine block, collecting heat. Then it flows to the cylinder heads, collecting more heat. Next is passes the thermostat ... read more

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Do I Need New Tires?

Checking for worn tires is more important than you might think, and probably something you don’t do often enough. But every time you are on the road, your tires do the brunt of the work and take the most wear. Unfortunately the National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that tire failure causes about 11,000 vehicle crashes every year. This is why they suggest you check your tires once a month. What are you looking for? Here are just a few warning signs: 1. Low Tread Depth The treads on your tires give you the traction you need to drive safely and efficiently. If you consistently drive on wet, slick, or snowy roads, this is even more important. The tread depth should never fall below 1/16 of an inch. Newer tiers have a tread wear indicator bar built in. But with older tires you will have to measure manually. You can buy a professional gauge to measure the tread depth, or simply use the penny test. Take your penny, head side down, and insert it between the ... read more

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Why Won’t My Car Start?

You might be in for a bad day if you turn the key in the ignition and your car won’t start. Starter problems are frustrating. There are a number of things under the hood that can prevent your car from starting. In fact, pretty much everything under the hood can keep your car from starting. Here are just six of the most common reasons your car won’t start: 1. Human Error First, your car might not start because of something silly—a small mistake you don’t usually make under normal circumstances. For example, some newer models won’t let you start the car until you fasten your seatbelt. Or, if you drive an automatic, your car must be in park before you can start it. If you drive a manual, you might not have the clutch pressed down all the way and your foot on the break. Or you might be out of gas. Just check a few of these small issues first before climbing out of your car to check under the hood. 2. Dead Battery This is usually the first thing drivers check because it is ... read more

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How to Find a Reliable Auto Repair Shop

With the warmer weather, vacations, and road trips you will likely spend more time behind the wheel this summer. This also means more frequent visits to the repair shop. Unfortunately, taking your car in for maintenance can be a daunting, cringe-worthy experience if you haven’t found a good mechanic. So instead, you put off repairs and maintenance and eventually are left broken down on the side of the road. Don’t let this be you! Use these tips to find an honest, qualified mechanic at a repair shop you can trust. 1. Start Looking Now Don’t wait for a breakdown. You can’t expect to find a great repair shop when your car is already on the back of a flat bed. Your desperation will leave you at someone else’s mercy. Start looking right away, giving yourself plenty of time to make the right decision. 2. Get Recommendations and Reviews The best place to start looking is with relatives, friends, and neighbors. Ask them if they would recommend their auto repair shop an ... read more

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5 Essential Tips for Summer Car Care

Unlike school, car care does not take a break between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In fact, because it is road trip and outdoor adventure season, you want your car in better condition than ever. However, the hotter months can wreak havoc during this season of break downs. High temps and dust can take a toll on your car and it’s important systems. Luckily, these essential services and auto repairs will help keep your car running safely and smoothly all summer long in Ortonville, MI. 1. Keep it Clean A long, wet winter and the leftover reside can cause corrosion, which is damaging to your vehicle. The first thing you want to do before kicking off summer is a full audit of your car, both inside and out. Look for rust spots and salt residue on the undercarriage. Check the rubber components like wiper blades and seals. Replace any items as necessary, and wash off all winter residue. Be sure to also clean your floor mats if you track road salt into the car. 2. Check the Ti ... read more

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Don’t Be Surprised at your Next Auto Repair

Most drivers don’t really prepare for auto services. They simply drop their car off and let the mechanics go to work. Then, when the bill comes back, they are surprised at the cost of all the work that “needed” to be done. Most auto repair shops in the area are trustworthy, and technicians should have your best interest in mind. But that isn’t always the case. To avoid overpaying and unnecessary up-sells, there are a few things you can do to prepare and avoid those surprises on your bill. 1. Check the Owner’s Manual This is a great resource for outlining routine service. It tells you when to go in for oil changes and alignments and also gives you a timeline for a lot of the parts on your vehicle. Sure, it isn’t going to factor in your driving habits or tell you exactly when a part will break down. But it will give you a general idea of when to expect certain services so you are never surprised when a mechanic comes to you and tells you that you need a new air filter or s ... read more

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Why is the Oil Filter Important?

While you are on the road your engine works very hard to keep your vehicle moving. There are so many moving parts working together for every second, and the engine gets hot. The oil helps keep the engine cool and the other components operating smoothly. That is why clean motor oil is so important. If you leave it unfiltered, even for a short period of time, the oil could become saturated in tiny particles that could wear down important parts of the engine. How Does an Oil Filter Work? The outside of the filter is a metal can with a sealing gasket the presses tightly against the engine’s mating surface. The base of the can is perforated with holes just inside the gasket, and a central hole is threaded to mate with the oil filter assembly connected to the engine block. Inside the can is a filter, usually made from synthetic fiber material. As the oil circulates through the can it passes through the filter and re-enters the engine through the central hole. You want good ... read more

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Teach Your Kids These 5 Good Driving Habits Early

As a parent it is both exciting and frightening when it is time for your son or daughter to get their learner’s permit or driver’s license. Are you ready for them to get behind the wheel? While most kids don’t really think about driving until a year before they can get a permit, your children are probably watching the way you handle yourself on the road. So every time you don’t stop at a stop sign, or yell at another driver, or check your phone—your children take notice. If you want your teens to become safer drivers you can’t just rely on the driver’s education teacher. You need to teach by example. So start living these good driving habits, and teaching them to your kids as soon as possible. 1. Keep Road Rage in Check While driving it is important to stay cool under pressure. Model patience and etiquette. Stay calm and relaxed. Do not let the other drivers get to you, especially while you are driving with your children. Using inappropriate gestures, cursing, or driving ... read more

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