What the heck is a differential? While you might not hear about this piece of equipment very often, its actually really important to your car! Picture yourself driving down the road on a beautiful spring day, when you hear a growling, or whining noise coming from your engine. “uh, oh,” you think, “it’s time to head to my mechanic.” Well, you’re exactly right! One possible cause could be the fluid of your differential needs a change. Read on to explore what a differential is, how it works, and its maintenance requirements so you can keep your car on the road and in its best condition! What is a differential? The differential is the piece of equipment responsible for making sure your car wheels rotate at the correct speeds when you make a turn while driving. You might be thinking, “rotate at the correct speeds? Isn’t that what a gas pedal does?” Well, when you make a turn with your car, the wheel on the inside of the turn wil ... read more
First of all, what is a power steering flush? How does power steering even work? When you’re driving, the only time you might ever think about power steering is when it’s not working! Read on to learn a little bit about power steering, what it does, how it works, and why you might want to have a trusted technician perform a power steering flush. What is power steering? Power steering is the mechanism in your car by which you’re able to move your steering wheel with ease. In the old days (before the 50’s), the only way to steer the wheels of your car was to put your back into it. That’s right, all the weight of the wheels plus any kind of friction in your steering system was against you. It wasn’t until 1951 that power steering was invented. The early system was based on hydraulic pressure. We have now also developed hybrid-electric and electric power steering systems, which are much more energy efficient. Without going into too much detail ... read more
It’s November, and the temperature is dropping around Farmington. The beginning of the month isn’t so bad, but by the end of the month, those gloves and heated seats start to look very nice! Also, time becomes scarce around the holidays. Before you head out to grandma’s for the holidays, come in and experience our digital safety inspection. If you haven’t experienced one of our digital safety inspections, now is a perfect time! Keep Your Family Safe Here at Advanced Auto Sports, our technicians are focused on your family’s safety above all. We’ve been doing digital inspections for a while now, to rave reviews from our customers. You can see exactly what’s going on with your vehicle, which gives you peace of mind. Prevention Is the Best Medicine What is that old saying about an ounce of prevention? That saying works for health, and it also works for your car. We’d rather than you spent an hour or two on preventing a p ... read more
Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash It’s October, and we love Halloween! The kids look fabulous in their costumes and it’s fun to see the whole community around Farmington Hills decorate their homes, pass out sweet treats, and have a grand time getting spooky together. And though the students at North Farmington High School took their school identification photos before Halloween, we can’t help but wonder if everyone is going to dress up as their same characters. One thing we advocate in October is preventive maintenance for your vehicles, especially brake service and repair. Let&rsq ... read more
How Do I Know if I Need Brakes? Brakes are one of the most important safety features on your car. Changing your brake pads in a timely manner helps keep you safe on the road and save you money. Driving on worn out brake pads can make it difficult to stop and can also damage the rotors (an expensive component of your braking system). It makes sense that keeping your brakes in good working order is essential, but you can’t see your brake pads the way you can see a flat tire or a broken windshield wiper, so how do you know when to have them replaced? Here are a few things to watch for: 1. Check your miles. Brakes are generally good for 30,000-50,000 miles, depending upon the vehicle, driving conditions, etc. Check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations for your model. 2. Listen for the screech. If your brakes make a screeching or grinding sound definitely have them checked. 3. Pay attention to your ... read more
Expert Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers There are many websites that offer resources for parents of teen drivers. Here are a four of our favorites…for more tips on keeping your teen driving safety, visit the website links provided. Texting Test: Could it wait? Ask your teen to take this test: Take out your wireless device. Read the last text message you received out loud. Would reading or responding to that message from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle be worth the risk of getting into an accident or worse? Chances are it could wait. From AT&T http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2964Distractions are Dangerous If your teenager is like most, he or she likes to bring lots of friends along for the ride. That divides their attention and increases the chances of a fatal collision.In fact, t ... read more
Save You Money on Gas with these 5 Habits Your driving habits and vehicle maintenance (or lack of maintenance) can impact your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Here are a few tips for saving fuel and funds: Air up! Check the air pressure in your tires weekly and top them off if they’re low. It takes just a few minutes and can save you about $75 each year in gas.
Slow up! The best gas mileage is usually achieved at speeds below 60 miles per hour. Slowing down just a little from 65 mph to 60 mph can save around 20 cents per gallon! Show up! (Late or not at all.) Sitting in traffic wastes gasoline. If possible arrange your work schedule to avoid commuting during rush hour or telecommute a couple of days each week.
Smarten up! Let gas mileage be the #1 priority on your new car shopping list. The U.S. Department of Energy’s website has good information on fuel-efficient vehicles.
Give up! Driving that is…Car pool, try a moto ... read more
Common Sense Tips for Used Car Buyers How much do you want to spend? Get your financing in order first whether it is cash from your savings or a loan from your bank; that way you know exactly what price range you are able to afford. What are you looking for? Decide which vehicle features are “must haves”. Maybe color is negotiable, but a sun-roof is not. Or you’ve gotta have 4 wheel drive, but leather seats are not necessary. Everyone’s vehicle needs are different. If you have this decided before you start shopping, you are more likely to be satisfied with your selection in the end and stay within your budget. Stop, Look and Listen Don’t be rushed, you should get to thoroughly inspect the car inside and out. Look carefully for signs of wear, or repairs that might indicate the vehicle has had problems or been in an accident and ask a lot of questions. Trust your gut if the answers seem ... read more