Monthly Archives: December 2017

Tips for Safer Driving This Winter

With winter, you can expect all types of weather including rain, freezing temperatures, fog, wind, and snow. All these weather hazards can impact your safety on the roads in Goodrich, MI and the surrounding areas. Are you prepared to drive in these conditions? Here are a few tips to keep you safe driving around this winter. Clear Away Snow and Ice Before driving, you need to clear off the dirt, ice, and snow. You also want to make sure your wipers are ready and keep the reservoir full of “winter” washer fluid that contains de-icer. And don’t just focus on the windshield! Clean headlights, tail lights, sensors, and the backup camera. You should also brush off any snow on the hood and top of your car. Otherwise, it can form an ice sheet that can fly off of your car and endanger others. Keep your Headlights Clean and Functioning Shorter days and longer nights means more time to use your headlights. If your lights are dim, burned out ... read more

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In Winter, Should I Let My Car Idle to Warm Up Before Driving?

This is a topic that often pops up, especially in a cold Holly, MI winter. It is a longstanding tradition to fire up the car in the morning and let it idle for 10 to 20 minutes before driving it in to work on a cold morning. Auto owners have been told that allowing their car to gently warm up this way will help reduce wear and tear. But is any of this true? Not anymore! Here is what you really need to know about idling your car in the winter. How Does the Engine Work? Basically, a combustion engine works by using pistons in a cylinder to compress a mixture of vaporized fuel and air. A spark then ignites the fuel and the controlled explosion is what powers your engine. When temperatures are cold, the gasoline is less likely to evaporate to create the right ratio of vaporized fuel and air. Why Did People Idle Their Cars in the Past? The conventional practice of idling your car before driving goes back to the days of carburetors. These needed a few minutes of idling until ... read more

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Improve your Gas Mileage this Winter

You probably see a lot of information about saving on gas in the spring and summer, but the winter season also has a huge impact on your car’s fuel efficiency. In fact, the extreme cold in Ortonville, MI can be a big problem for your vehicle. Slick roads, snow plows, salt, bad weather—your car can take a big hit this winter if you aren’t careful. Factor in running the heater, cold starting the engine, less tire pressure, colder oil, decreased battery performance, all-wheel drive, and you can quickly see how your miles per gallon might take a hit as well. So here is some great advice to improve fuel efficiency this winter. Do Not Idle Warming up your car in the morning is a common practice for many drivers. While this was a necessity for old carburetors, nowadays most cars don’t require idling to warm up the engine to optimal operating temperatures. Sensors control the fuel injectors to compensate for the cold. Usually 30 seconds is all your car needs. Also, driv ... read more

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Auto Repairs You Should Always Leave to the Professionals

It isn’t uncommon for car owners to work on their own vehicles. In fact, for some, it is a point of pride. Sure, it can be a good way to save money. But newer cars are becoming more complex. Even the best gearheads shouldn’t tackle certain repairs. Here are a few maintenance tasks best left to professional technicians. Sound System This used to be a simple task, but now, a mistake could fry the entire electrical system. When it comes to working on electrical wiring, you really need to know what you are doing. That is why you should take advantage of free fittings when they are included in the purchase of your stereo or DVD player. And if not, get your car in to professionals for installation. Bodywork Basic dents and chips are one thing, but serious body work is a difficult task. And because it involves paint, something could easily go wrong. You could get poor coverage or a bad finish. Not to mention the fumes you may expose yourself to ... read more

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