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 )

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 )

Stay Safe this Winter

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Old Man Winter has definitely arrived in The Tulip City. The days are short, the temperatures are low and the snow banks are high.

With treacherous road conditions now a daily threat, here are a few things you should have in your vehicle at all times during the winter months here in Western Michigan:

Windshield Scraper. Removing a layer of ice from your …… ( 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 an omnipresent danger as temperatures fluctuate and moisture hardens quickly.

When icy patches are hard to see, the odds of drivers hitting a curb after briefly losing control of their vehicles …… ( 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 )

A Warning Light is Flashing – Now What?

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Most drivers in Michigan can probably relate to the following scenario: hop into the car, start it, and instantly notice a light flashing angrily at you. That wasn’t on the last time you drove the car… or was it?

Don’t panic. Think. What does this flashing light represent? Consult your manual if you’re unsure, then follow these tips for things you can do to further …… ( 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 )