Is your Car Ready for Back-to-School?

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Fall may be a few weeks away, but back-to-school season is already here! Before the back-to-school rush catches up with all of us, now is a great time to plan ahead for the fall season.

When you’re balancing work and school schedules, you rely on your vehicle to get you safely where you need to be every day. A reliable vehicle can make the difference …… ( more )

What does a car Cooling System do?

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A typical combustion engine operates by controlled explosions. The gasoline inside the engine is ignited to produce the power needed to run your vehicle and drive down the roads in Holland, Michigan. This process produces a lot of heat – heat that could quickly destroy your engine if not properly managed.

Which is why your vehicle also has a cooling system. The primary job of …… ( more )

Heat Harms Vehicles

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Summer is here! While the change in seasons means nice weather and vacations, it can also mean a big change for your vehicle. Heat kills cars, which means that giving your vehicle some extra love this summer will mean avoiding expensive repairs, saving you money and headaches!

While heat causes many components on your vehicle to run harder and experience more wear and tear, your …… ( more )

How to Prepare for (and Avoid) Road Trip Emergencies

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An emergency by definition is unexpected. You don’t know when an emergency could happen, or you could always avoid them. But with a few tips and appropriate preparation, you can stay safe in emergencies and take steps to reduce your chance of getting in an emergency situation on the road.

  • Flat Tires. One of the most common emergencies on the road, especially for long road …… ( more )
  • How Replacing your Timing Belt can Save Big $$

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    The first time most drivers think about the timing belt in their vehicle is when the manufacturer’s recommend maintenance schedule says it needs to be replaced.

    Other drivers aren’t so lucky. These drivers are often lamenting a problem they didn’t know they had when the timing belt brakes and leaves them stranded on the road with a repair bill of several thousand dollars.

    There’s an …… ( more )

    Spring Tire Check for your Car

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    Spring is in the air! The warmer weather is great for road trips and other spring getaways, but it also means wetter weather.

    That means this the perfect time to do a spring tire check.

    What should you be looking for in your tire check?

  • First, a visual inspection can reveal a lot. Check all tires, including the spare, for debris like nails or large …… ( more )
  • The Hard Work of Coolant and Antifreeze

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    Coolant and Antifreeze are two names for the same fluid. The two names hint at the two functions this fluid performs.

    First, antifreeze is added to the water in the radiator to make sure it doesn’t freeze in cold temperatures, like the single digit and lower degree weather we see in the winters in Michigan!

    Second, coolant raises the boiling point of the radiator fluid so …… ( more )

    Oops! I put in the Wrong Octane of Gas…

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    You pull up to the gas station, swipe a credit card, lift the handle and start pumping gas… it’s so routine, that you don’t have to think much about filling the gas tank of your vehicle. But oops! When you look up and notice that you’re filling the tank with the wrong octane… what does that mean? Is it really so bad?

    That depends. Did …… ( more )

    Ice Scraper Tips and Hacks

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    Frozen windows on the cold mornings in Holland? Not to fear! With the tricks below, you’ll be able to get back on the roads quickly to stay warm through the cold winter in Michigan.

  • Invest in a quality ice scraper. Ice scrapers with a long handle, firm grip, and brush for removing snow will make a big difference to save you time scraping windows. You’ll be …… ( more )
  • Alternative Traction Tools & Tricks

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    Winter in Michigan can be unpredictable, with rapidly changing weather, slick roads, and challenging conditions. Vehicles can slip and slide on icy roads when fresh snowfall and hidden black ice make the roads deceptively slick.

    Checking your tire condition is always the first step – if you don’t have adequate tread or your tires are worn, you’ll find yourself sliding all over the roads. With proper …… ( more )