Winter Battery Maintenance

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As we head towards the peak of winter here in Michigan, you will undoubtedly be dealing with a lot of issues as you try and stay warm and safe while contending with blizzards, black ice, etc. One of the most common and most frustrating ordeals to contend with during the winter months is a dead car battery.

Low temperatures affect your battery in …… ( more )

Check Your Windshield Wipers

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When the rain is pouring down while you’re driving, the last thing you want is a pair of windshield wipers that leave streaks behind on your windshield. Not being able to clearly see the road is a serious safety concern!

Before you find yourself in that situation, check your windshield wipers!

Because windshield wiper blades are made from rubber, they will wear out over time. …… ( more )

Oil Loss Prevention

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The vast majority of cars on the road today will experience some form of oil loss at some point during their lifespan. More often than not, it’s just usually minor dripping and smaller leaks that are preventable but, sometimes, more significant oil leaks occur which require the attention of an experienced mechanic.

Most commonly, improperly-sealed drain bolts are the cause of a small oil leak. …… ( more )

What To Do If Your Car Won’t Start

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One of the most frustrating car problems is when you turn the key and nothing happens — but we’re here for you! Our auto experts can help diagnose the problem to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Here are the most common causes of starting problems:

Battery.

The most common cause of starting issues is the battery. Especially in extreme …… ( more )

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )

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 )