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Yearly Archives: 2017

Emergency Essentials to Keep in Your Car for Summer Road Trips

With school almost out and summer rapidly approaching, one thing you are probably looking forward to is a family road trip. These summer vacations are a great way to explore, bond, and make memories with those closest to you. But before striking out on the open road, there are a few things you need in addition to your flip flops and swimsuit to ensure you have a fun, but also safe trip. Get your Car Inspected Before striking off from Ortonville, MI the first thing you want to do is get your car in for an inspection and any necessary Fenton, MI auto repair. This preliminary check will ensure your car can deliver you safely to your destination. Granted, this will not mean an emergency won’t happen. But it will improve safety and reduce your risk of breaking down on the side of the road. What to Take on Your Summer Road Trip These are the things to pack for emergency car care: Owner’s manual. Make sure you have your car’s manual stored in the glove compartmen ... read more

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5 Big Reasons to Check Your Wheel Alignment

Today’s cars are designed to give you a smooth, gentle ride. But if your vehicle isn’t offering the same amount of comfort on the road, and you notice rattling, shuddering, or pulling, then you might need to consider a wheel alignment. Because of rough roads and driving habits, your car can go out of alignment. And the wheel alignment can impact several important vehicle systems. The only way to correct the problem is with auto repair. And you want to get the problem repaired as soon as possible before it starts to impact the life of the tires or your safety on the road. What is a Wheel Alignment? This is an auto repair often overlooked by vehicle owners, but should be part of routine maintenance. During a wheel alignment the technician hoists the car in the air and adjusts the relative angle of the tires until they are set in the manufacturer specifications. You can get front wheel alignment for cars with front wheel drive, or four wheel alignment. How often should ... read more

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When Should I call for a Tow instead of Driving my Car?

If your car breaks down or is in a more serious accident, you don’t really have much choice. But have you ever experienced car trouble and wondered whether or not your car was safe to drive? You are not alone. This could happen to anyone, at any time. Oftentimes if your car is showing signs of an issue, you can still operate it while you get to your preferred auto repair shop. Still though, it is better to be safe, and know the situations where driving might cause even more damage. Know your Vehicle One of the most important things you can do as a driver is pay attention to your car. Get familiar with how your car sounds, smells, and runs when it is in top shape. Give your car a quick once-over every week looking for signs of malfunction or damage. That way you are more likely to spot something wrong early, and avoid problems before they become more serious. And if you do notice something, don’t put it off. Call your mechanic right away and get your car in for any necessa ... read more

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Top 5 Reasons Your Check Engine Light Came On

It is important to get to know your dashboard lights. These indicators come on when there is problem, and they are not something you can ignore. Your car is trying to tell you something, and it can be frustrating and confusing. But if you do ignore it, you risk further damage to the car and might even put yourself at risk. Here are just a few of the most common reasons why your check engine light comes on: 1. Oxygen Sensor Needs Replacing This is the most common car repair for six years in a row, and is one of the most common reasons for the check engine light. The O2 sensor monitors unburned oxygen from the exhaust. It can fail because of neglected repairs, engine problems, or even using gas with a higher ethanol concentration. And because the sensor works with the on-board computer, a malfunction can cause as much as a 40% decrease in fuel economy. 2. Catalytic Converter Needs Replacement These are the second most common issues drivers face across the United Sta ... read more

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Is My Car Battery Dying?

You are already five minutes behind and have a busy day ahead. You hurry out to your car, slid into the seat, and try to turn the engine over. Nothing happens. You give it a few more tires, and still, nothing. We have all been in this situation. Your car battery is something many drivers take for granted, until it stops working. It is like the heart of your car, and if it stops your car will not have the power to start or move. You don’t want to be caught off guard. It is easy to know when your battery is dead, but better to know the signs of your battery wearing out. Here is what to watch for, and how to know when it is time for a new battery. No Crank, No Lights, No Start Your battery powers all the accessories in your vehicle, and this is a sure sign it is completely dead—void of all signs of power. Not much you can do except find someone to jump your car or call a tow truck. Sometimes you might have just left the interior lights on all night. Other times you migh ... read more

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I Hit a Curb, Now What Should I Do?

Our mechanics hear this all the time, and it can happen to even the best of drivers. This is a common problem in the winter months, but really it can happen at any time. It might not seem like a major problem, but hitting a curb can do more damage than you think. If you hit a curb, don’t just ignore it. Instead pull over and check for damage. But first you need to know where to look, how to evaluate the situation, and determine the best action to take. How Serious was It? Not all curb hits are equal. The first thing you want to consider is how fast you were driving when you ran into the curb. Next you want to note is the height of the curb. If you are driving a car at 50 mph and hit a curb that was higher than six inches, you are most likely to some serious damage to the front end. But if you hit a small, three inch curb going only five miles per hour, then you might not have any damage at all. It also can vary depending on the vehicles construction. Issues that Resul ... read more

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What Fluid is Leaking from My Car, and is it Serious?

Sometimes your car will leak and leave ominous spots, puddles, or rivulets on the driveway. Fluids are essential to keep your car running in top shape. What fluid is it? How bad is it? Is the life blood slowly draining out of your vehicle? If you can decipher those mysteries spots, you will be able to tell if the leak is harmless or if you have a serious problem on your hands that requires auto repair in Holly, MI. What is Leaking Out of My Car? There are several things to think about when your car leaves a spot on the driveway: color, consistency, and location. If you notice a few spots, lay down newspaper, cardboard, or aluminum foil under your car in the evening. Allow your car to sit overnight. Then, in the morning, you can read the new spots and see where the leak is coming from, how much is leaking, and what kind of fluid it is–valuable information to you and your technician. You can also check your reservoirs. Start by reading you owner’s manual to find out wh ... read more

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Pre-Trip Inspection: What to Know Before You Hit the Road

Spring is on the way, and with it comes warmer weather and hopes of travel. Road trips are a great way to break out of the norm—to go, and do, and see things you haven’t before. But before you strike out on the open road you want to make sure your car is in top shape. You don’t want a breakdown to spoil your adventure. And what starts out as a small problem can turn into a crisis on a long drive. Which is why at Holly Tire, we offer a pre-trip inspection that will help keep your car in top shape while you travel. Here are a few things to watch for: Battery Do not get stranded out on the road with a car that will not start. You want to check the terminals and make sure there are not any crocks or corrosion on the battery. If there is damage, you might need to replace your battery. Engine Oil As the life-blood of your vehicle, you need oil to keep all the moving parts lubricated and functioning in top condition. So don’t just check the oil level, but also check to m ... read more

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Do I Need New Brakes?

Brakes are one of the most important safety features in your vehicle, but are also one of the most overlooked systems. Your car is a massive heap of metal and glass flying down the road. What would happen if your brakes failed and you couldn’t stop? You and others could be badly injured, even killed due to a collision. Don’t take your brakes for granted! Instead, pay close attention to your brake repair Fenton, MI system and get your car in for auto repair in Goodrich, MI at the first sign of trouble. How do you know if your brakes are going bad? Watch for these signs: Screeching Sound This is usually your first indicator that something might be wrong with the brake system. Granted, your brake pads and rotors do accumulate dirt and dust—and sometimes this can cause the noise. However, it also happens when the brake pads wear down. There is a backing plate that screeches when it rubs against the rotors, indicating it is time for new brake pads. Clicking or Grinding Sou ... read more

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Do I Need a Wheel Alignment?

Poorly maintained roads, pot holes, and even a bump on the curb can affect your tire alignment. Even the smallest alignment issue can impact acceleration, steering, and tire wear. This is why you should have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles or so. Otherwise, you might encounter more serious issues down the road. Signs You Need a Tire Alignment Here is what you should look for: Steering is Not Centered If you drive down a flat, straight, level road, the steering wheel should be close to straight. There will be a little discrepancy, because of the crown of the road. However, overall your wheel should be centered and the emblem should look level. If the wheels are off center by a few degrees in either direction, you need to go in to an auto repair shop for a tire alignment. This will help return your wheel to center and improve drivability. Car Pulls to One Side Again, you will most likely notice this while driving down a flat, level, and straight r ... read more

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