Monthly Archives: March 2017

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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