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 )

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 Damage to Watch for this Spring

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Winter weather is hard on vehicles. Between ice, road salt, changing weather and unpredictable drivers, there are plenty of risks on winter roads. But now that it’s springtime, how do you know if your vehicle is in the clear?

The answer: you don’t. But you CAN check for common winter damage and get it fixed now before it causes even bigger problems this spring/summer. …… ( more )

Maintaining Your Car’s Transmission

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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, keeping your transmission in good shape and avoiding potential problems is extremely important.

The majority of transmission issues arise from overheating, which can stem from a variety of …… ( more )