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 )

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 )

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 )

Potholes And Damage To Your Car

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The roads around Holland, MI are not always in pristine condition. Although it may affect you little more than causing irritation, getting a bad jolt from a pothole or hitting a curb can damage your car in the long run more than you are aware. Even if your tires are unaffected by the initial shock, it may have thrown off your car’s alignment or damaged …… ( more )

Vehicle Belts: Types & Warning Signs

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Belts transfer power from the engine to various components of your vehicle, ensure proper timing of moving parts, and connect key systems.

Types of Belts:

  • Timing Belt – responsible for timing the moving parts within your engine. Simply put, if these parts do not operate in sync, your engine will not work.
  • Serpentine Belt – connects the alternator, power steering, and A/C. Ensures proper power …… ( more )
  • Potholes and Repairs Ahead

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    As Winter transitions into Spring, potholes become more of an irritation.  Potholes occur when water seeps into pavement through unsealed or improperly sealed cracks.  When the water freezes, it expands and enlarges the crack.  When the ice under the pavement melts, a void is left.  Surrounding pavement falls into the void and forms a pothole.

    It isn’t possible to avoid all of the potholes encountered, …… ( more )

    Hidden Danger: Road Salt

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    Why is salt used on icy roads? Here’s a hint: It’s the same reason salt is used to make ice cream!

    This works because salt lowers the freezing point of water. When added to cream, it means you can create a frozen dessert that does not turn into solid ice in the freezer. On icy roads, it helps to melt the frozen ice even if …… ( more )

    Are your Tires ready for Winter?

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    As the weather is getting cooler in Holland, snow and rain are starting to show up in the forecast. Wet and icy roads mean your tires need to be able to grip and stay in control in slick and slippery conditions. Before the winter weather is here to stay, make sure your tires are ready!

  • Check Air Pressure. When tire pressure is too low, it …… ( more )
  • What’s the Difference between Coolant and Antifreeze?

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    As temperatures across Michigan start dropping, drivers start thinking about winterizing their vehicle before the first storm hits. One of the questions we have heard from customers, especially those new to winter climates, is “What’s the difference between coolant and antifreeze?”

    The answer is simple – there is none!

    Both terms “coolant” and “antifreeze” refer to the same fluid. This critical fluid gets these names for …… ( more )

    Visibility in the Fall

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    Fall has come to Holland! As days are getting shorter, the sun is getting lower in the horizon as drivers commute to work in the mornings and evenings. This time of year, visibility is even more critical. Take these three steps to improve your visibility on the roads this fall.

    1. Clean your car windshield and mirrors.

    Top off your windshield washer fluid and take …… ( more )