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 )

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 levels …… ( 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 )

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 )

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 )