Winter Damage to Watch for this Spring

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Winter weather is hard on vehicles. Between ice, road salt, changing weather and unpredictable drivers, there are plenty of risks on winter roads. But now that it’s springtime, how do you know if your vehicle is in the clear?

The answer: you don’t. But you CAN check for common winter damage and get it fixed now before it causes even bigger problems this spring/summer. …… ( more )

Maintaining Your Car’s Transmission

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Your vehicle’s transmission is an incredibly complex and sophisticated component that performs the vital task of powering your wheels vis-à-vis sophisticated gear-shifting mechanisms, making forward progress possible.

Given its vital role in your engine’s functionality, keeping your transmission in good shape and avoiding potential problems is extremely important.

The majority of transmission issues arise from overheating, which can stem from a variety of …… ( more )

Common Problems with Coolant/Antifreeze

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The job of coolant is to keep your engine running at the appropriate temperature. Also known as antifreeze, coolant prevents both overheating and freezing, making it a vital component for your vehicle.

If your coolant isn’t functioning properly, your engine is at risk for significant damage. As such, it is recommended that you have your coolant checked every time you get your oil changed. …… ( more )

Stay Safe this Winter

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Old Man Winter has definitely arrived in The Tulip City. The days are short, the temperatures are low and the snow banks are high.

With treacherous road conditions now a daily threat, here are a few things you should have in your vehicle at all times during the winter months here in Western Michigan:

Windshield Scraper. Removing a layer of ice from your …… ( more )

Minor Collision, Major Consequences

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Roads in Western Michigan can be extremely volatile during the winter months, with snow and ice taking turns making life difficult for drivers. The most dreaded element of all, black ice, is also an omnipresent danger as temperatures fluctuate and moisture hardens quickly.

When icy patches are hard to see, the odds of drivers hitting a curb after briefly losing control of their vehicles …… ( more )

Improve Your Gas Mileage This Winter

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Old Man Winter is on his way to Michigan and before the temperature drops and snow banks rise, here are a few tips on how to save a few dollars at the pump in the coming months:

1. Check your air filter. If it’s dirty, replace it – a clean air filter can save you up to 10% on fuel costs. 2. Check your …… ( more )

A Warning Light is Flashing – Now What?

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Most drivers in Michigan can probably relate to the following scenario: hop into the car, start it, and instantly notice a light flashing angrily at you. That wasn’t on the last time you drove the car… or was it?

Don’t panic. Think. What does this flashing light represent? Consult your manual if you’re unsure, then follow these tips for things you can do to further …… ( more )

Coolant System Flush Are They Necessary

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During the summer, overheating of vehicles causes many breakdowns and potential internal engine damage. Many people come to our shop with breakdowns due to cooling system failures. Here are some facts about cooling systems, what they are and what to know when someone says that you need to have your cooling system flushed.

What Is A Cooling System?

The cooling system in your vehicle is …… ( more )

Potholes And Damage To Your Car

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The roads around Holland, MI are not always in pristine condition. Although it may affect you little more than causing irritation, getting a bad jolt from a pothole or hitting a curb can damage your car in the long run more than you are aware. Even if your tires are unaffected by the initial shock, it may have thrown off your car’s alignment or damaged …… ( more )

Vehicle Belts: Types & Warning Signs

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Belts transfer power from the engine to various components of your vehicle, ensure proper timing of moving parts, and connect key systems.

Types of Belts:

  • Timing Belt – responsible for timing the moving parts within your engine. Simply put, if these parts do not operate in sync, your engine will not work.
  • Serpentine Belt – connects the alternator, power steering, and A/C. Ensures proper power …… ( more )