CRUISE CONTROL 101

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We are all familiar with cruise control, that setting on your steering wheel or dashboard that makes it easy to just set the speed you want to drive at and just monitor speed instead of actively using the pedal to adjust your speed.

But how does Cruise Control actually help you?..

First, by setting the speed for it (for example while driving on the highway) at the …… ( more )

Transmission Maintenance 101

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Transmission Maintenance

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, transmission maintenance is extremely important to your vehicle’s overall health.

The majority of transmission issues arise from overheating, which can stem from a variety of factors including weather/temperature, workload …… ( 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 a constant danger here as temperatures fluctuate and moisture hardens quickly. As such, the chances of your vehicle experiencing a collision at this time of year are higher than normal.

When icy …… ( 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 windshield can …… ( more )

The Importance of Coolant

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Your vehicle’s transmission is responsible for adapting speed and torque, deftly shifting gears to ensure that the right amount of power is going to the right place and your wheels can rotate properly to make forward propulsion possible. Since it’s such a vital component and is used with great regularity, your vehicle’s transmission can sometimes encounter issues arising from problems in other areas. One …… ( more )

Washing your Car During the Winter

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Does it sometimes feel like it’s next to impossible to keep your car clean during a Michigan winter? The constant precipitation and fluctuating temperatures means that puddles, mud, etc. are tough to avoid.

Even though it’s a challenge, there’s a major reason that you should make a concerted effort to keep your vehicle as clean as possible during the winter months: ROAD …… ( 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 warning 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 …… ( more )

Steering Wheel Shakes

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On good road surfaces, cars are meant to drive smooth and steady. However, most people have experienced steering wheel vibrations at one time or another. Car parts can break or fail after continued use, and it’s not uncommon for car components to need to be replaced.

Because your steering wheel is your connection to both your car and the road, your first indication that …… ( more )

Car Battery Replacement Time?

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The car battery is one of the most important components under the hood. It must provide the electricity to start your car and power your accessories. Without a working battery, you’re stuck.

But how do you know when it’s time for a new battery?

You should have one of our ASE-certified technicians inspect the car battery as part of your next inspection. Heat, cold, and …… ( more )