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Change Your Wipers and Headlights

11.13.15

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It is easy to forget to maintain your vehicle’s headlights and windshield wipers. As weather changes, the quality of these easily over-looked car parts becomes increasingly more important. Regularly change your bulbs and wiper blades as needed so you can See and be Safe.
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To See or Not to See

10.31.14

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That truly IS the question!

When you drive, almost ALL the decisions you make are influenced by one thing, the ability to see clearly. Seeing clearly means that both your windshield wipers AND headlights have to do their job as well as possible. Your wipers need to keep the windshield clean and streak-free in order to what’s ahead of you. And your headlights need to illuminate your path at night far enough ahead of you so you have time to react.
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Filter Changes

03.03.13

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So how do you like your drinking water – Clean or mixed with dirt and metal shavings? Clean, right?

Your vehicle engine would answer the EXACT same way about its oil. Similar to your home water filter, an oil filter’s job is to remove oil contaminants.  It sifts out the solid particles while allowing the oil to flow unrestricted through the engine. Likewise, over time the oil filter can become full or “clogged,” and the oil and contaminants will flow around the filter.  As a safety mechanism, the bypass is allowed because as far as your engine is concerned, dirty oil is better than none at all.
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Oil, Air & Cabin Filters

03.01.12

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So what’s all this about filters? A new oil filter keeps contaminants out of your expensive engine. A new air filter can help improve your vehicle’s performance. And a new cabin air filter protects you and your passengers from mildew, allergens and more.

Let’s look at each type of filter and when it makes sense to change them.

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Wipers

10.24.11

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What a great time of year this is for holiday gatherings, great food … and, ick, inclement weather.

Nearly ninety percent of all driving decisions are based on a clear view of the road, which means good visibility is absolutely essential — especially during wet weather when vision may be obscured by water, road splash, sleet or snow on the windshield.

Yet, wiper blades are one of the most neglected components on vehicles today. Many blades are cracked, split, torn, brittle, worn or otherwise in obvious need of replacement. Others may look okay, but do a lousy job of wiping when put to the test. Any blade that’s chattering, streaking or doing a lousy job of wiping is a blade that’s overdue for replacement.

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Battery Tip

11.09.10

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Did you know the average life of a car batter in Michigan is about 3 to 5 years?

  • Do you see greenish, fuzzy stuff forming on your battery terminals?
  • Do you lose radio stations overnight?
  • Does it seem like the headlights aren’t quite as bright as they were?
  • Does the car sound sluggish when started?
  • Are the wipers moving slower?
  • Does the dash battery light come on after the car is running?

These are all symptoms of electrical system issues that should be looked at BEFORE something fails and leaves you stranded.

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