Monthly Archives: September 2017

What Should I Do if My Brakes Go Out?

It is shocking and terrifying to discover your brakes have gone out while driving in Grand Blanc, MI. And while you hope it will never happen to you, the best thing is to be prepared. If you are familiar with what to do, you will be able to stop your car as safely as possible. Here is what you need to know: 1. Do Not Panic Easier said than done, but a clear head is important—most important when things go awry. If your brakes fail while driving, stay calm and do what you can to move your car safely off the road. 2. Check Under the Pedal If the pedal feels hard, something in the system may have seized, or you have something stuck under the pedal. Check your foot see if anything is there. One loose water bottle can cause quite of bit of trouble. 3. Try the Brakes Again It will come as instinct, but you should definitely try to use the brakes again. Most modern vehicles have a dual braking system. This means ... read more

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Tips for Back to School Auto Maintenance

Whether you are dropping your child off for kindergarten or sending them off to college, you want to be sure your vehicle is up to the task. There will be plenty of busy mornings, after school activities, and errands to run. The last thing you want to deal with is an unexpected break down or blow out. To get your vehicle ready for the busy routines and keep all your students safe, here are a few guidelines to follow. Check Your Owner’s Manual One of the best things you can do is familiarize yourself with the recommended maintenance schedules for your car. That way you will know if it is time for a service or auto repair and can schedule those appointments and help prevent break downs. Most of the services are inexpensive and extend the life of your vehicle, saving even more money. A lot of major repairs can be avoided when you keep up with the manufacturer recommendations. Keep Up Routine Auto Repair Simple and routine maintenanc ... read more

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Get Your Car Ready for the Cold Season

Summer is coming to a close in Clarkston, MI. Fall is on its way, and winter will be here before you know it. One of your top priorities should be getting your car ready for the change in season and get any auto repairs you might need. By getting started in the fall you can be ahead of almost everyone else and avoid the rush that often hits during the first winter storm. There are also a few things you can do on your own. Here is a checklist to follow: Check the Tires These are often the first thing to be impacted by cold, icy roads. If you do not have the right tire pressure or enough tread depth it could be dangerous, even deadly. When the temperature drops your tires will lose air pressure. So during the first couple of weeks of winter you should check the tire pressure. Also, fall is a good time to swap out for snow tires. They won’t be in such high demand and you could get a good deal. Replace Your Wiper Blades During winter ... read more

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Drive Safe at Night with Headlight Maintenance

As long as your headlights turn on you should be in good shape, right? Unfortunately this isn’t always true. Sure, working headlights are great, especially compared to the alternative. But if your headlights are not bright enough, your vision is sure to be impaired. That puts you and your passengers at risk. So what can you do about dim headlights? There are a few options. Here are some tips: Check the Lenses Sometimes the problem is as simple as a dirty or foggy lens. So the next time you go out to your car, take a minute to check them. If you see dirt and debris, clean it away. Do the lenses look crystal clear or are they foggy and yellowing? Over time your headlights will become cloudy because of wear and exposure. This diffuses the beam of your headlights. The softer light makes it more difficult for you to see, but also makes it hard for others to see you. You can try a headlight restoration kit or take your car in for professional headlight cleaning ... read more

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