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 )

Cooling System Components

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cooling system

When you think of preventative maintenance, there are probably a few things that jump to the top of your mind – oil changes, filter replacements, windshield wipers, fluids… But how often do you consider the cooling system in your vehicle?

The cooling system is extremely important – it keeps your vehicle running smoothly, allowing your engine to function and burn fuel without getting too hot. …… ( 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 )

Car Care Tips: Hoses

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hose

April is National Car Care Month in the United States, with the Car Care Council encouraging drivers from coast-to-coast to take some time to assess the health of their vehicle(s).

Click HERE to download a complimentary ebook from the Car Care Council and check out some info on your vehicle’s hoses below:

  • Coolant hoses and heater hoses are components that CAN, and WILL, wear out …… ( more )
  • Spring Maintenance Checklist

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    spring maintenance

    While we’re enjoying beautiful, sunny days, we know all too well that spring weather in Holland can be unpredictable to say the least. Between late-season snow and April showers, you never know what the roads have in store… which is why we want to help.!

    The team of ASE-certified technicians at D’s Auto & Truck Repair has put together this Spring Maintenance Checklist for your …… ( more )

    When Should Spark Plugs be Replaced?

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    spark plugs

    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 )