When Should Spark Plugs be Replaced?

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In order for your gas-powered vehicle to run, it requires proper ignition to start the chain reaction that leads to engine propulsion and the ability to drive. Your ignition system contains several key components, all of which contribute to the process of detonating fuel in order to convert compression into energy and propel your vehicle forward.

One of your ignition system’s most important components is …… ( more )

Three Fluids to Check this Month

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In order to run smoothly, your vehicle’s engine is dependent upon countless moving parts which are able to work properly thanks to various fluids.

With that in mind, here are three fluids you might consider having checked and potentially flushed this month as you hit the road here in Holland:

Antifreeze/Coolant. This invaluable fluid can appear to be in good shape for a significant amount …… ( more )

Check Your Headlights

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How long has it been since you checked your headlights?

Not just by looking at the reflection on the car in front of you, or at what’s shining on your garage wall when you pull in…but actually took the time to check on your headlights?

Unless you stand in front of your vehicle with the lights turned on, it can be hard to see (pun …… ( more )

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 in Holland, MI 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 …… ( more )

Watch Out for Overheating Engines!

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With temperatures now at the highest point they’ll be all year, your vehicle’s engine will be feeling the heat the next little while. Luckily, there are ways to combat the sun’s effect on your vehicle to make sure you don’t have an overheating engine to deal with.

Keep an extra bottle of coolant in your car in addition to a water jug. Low coolant …… ( more )

Recognition of Your Ignition Condition

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A gasoline-powered vehicle requires an ignition system to ignite fuel and turn the motor. When the ignition system is not functioning properly, your vehicle may run rough and may not pass emissions tests.

Most ignition systems consist of spark plugs, spark plug wires, a distributor and some supporting equipment.

Spark plugs are usually the first item that needs to be replaced. As spark plugs age, …… ( more )

Summer Driving Checklist

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You may not think that summer weather can have much of an impact on your car’s overall health and performance, but the heat can be just as taxing as the cold. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to give your car an advantage: routine inspections. Here’s everything you need to check before entering the hottest season of the year:

Air Conditioning Of course, checking your A/C …… ( more )