Driving In The Rain

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April Showers may bring May Flowers but they can also wreak havoc on driving conditions here in Michigan. With that in mind, here are a few pointers on how to deal with wet roads the next little while:

Drive in the center of the road (when possible). When multiple lanes are available, choose one in the middle. Roads are designed to be highest in 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 )

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 surprising …… ( more )

Washing your Car in 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 SALT. …… ( more )

Winter Road Hazards

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There’s no shortage of elements to deal with during the winter months here in Michigan. Snow, freezing rain, black ice, you name it – we get it all.

As a result of unfavorable weather and other factors, road conditions can be quite hazardous for Holland drivers this time of year. Here are a few hazards to look out for as you navigate the wintry …… ( 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 something …… ( more )

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 )

The Importance of Wheel Alignment

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The average driver has no idea what kind of obstacles they may encounter on a given day or trip, which is why it’s imperative that their vehicle’s wheels are properly in-line. Wheel alignment is extremely important when it comes to how your car handles the road.

Suspension is what connects your vehicle to its wheels and provides a smooth, safe ride over uneven streets. As …… ( more )