Monthly Archives: April 2018

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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Auto Repair

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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Auto Repair

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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Auto Repair

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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