Monthly Archives: July 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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