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ROSEVILLE Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

ROSEVILLE Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around ROSEVILLE on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from underinflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your vehicle's manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they'll use to comply with the law.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for ROSEVILLE drivers. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining the ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Picking the Right Tires in ROSEVILLE

Shopping for tires in ROSEVILLE can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in ROSEVILLE are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on MI roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain but really isn't set up for snow and ice. Next comes winter tires. ROSEVILLE people buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it's cold and slippery on MI roads, so they need a tread design that'll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tire spectrum are tires designed ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Gordie's Garage Inc

These days many people in the ROSEVILLE area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your ROSEVILLE service advisor at Gordie's Garage Inc do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement in the next ... read more

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Maintenance

What Is That? Check Engine Light Service at Gordie's Garage Inc

Okay. You went to your local ROSEVILLE car wash, and while your vehicle was under the dryer, the Check Engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the vehicle! You head for the nearest ROSEVILLE service center, but on the way, the Check Engine light stops flashing and just glows red. Hmm. Maybe things aren't as bad as they seem. You decide to wait until payday to take your vehicle in to get serviced. In the meantime, the Check Engine light goes off. What? You decide the light must be faulty; maybe when it comes on it doesn't mean anything, or maybe it's just in your vehicle as some sort of scam to get you to pay for unnecessary repairs. You're glad you didn't take your car to the ROSEVILLE repair shop and resolve to ignore that Check Engine light in the future.Whoa! Let's look at what really happened. Your vehicle was under an air dryer. Your air intake sensor measured too much air running through the engine. It sent its ... read more

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Diagnostics

Automotive Tips from Gordie's Garage Inc: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for ROSEVILLE drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at Gordie's Garage Inc will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He?ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer?s settings.Your vehicle owner?s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around ROSEVILLE, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Gordie's Garage Inc service advisor perform an important alignment check.Gordie's Garage Inc29046 CALAHAN RDROSEVILLE, MI 4806658

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Alignment

Battery Basics for ROSEVILLE

Battery Basics for ROSEVILLE

It's important for ROSEVILLE drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold MI weather. Most ROSEVILLE area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short ROSEVILLE trips because the alternator doesn't have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. ROSEVILLE drivers can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter.As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren't capable of taking a full charge like they used to ... read more

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Battery

Automotive Tips from Gordie's Garage Inc: Air Conditioning Inspection

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around ROSEVILLE require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.Gordie's Garage Inc in ROSEVILLE is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air.Gordie's Garage Inc29046 CALAHAN RDROSEVILLE, MI 48066586-775-1185  

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Air Conditioning

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in ROSEVILLE, MI

Every car in ROSEVILLE, MI, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in MI where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. ROSEVILLE drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near the end of a row ... read more

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Automotive News

Hold the Oil! (Oil Pan Gasket Replacement)

You've likely heard how important oil is to your vehicle's engine. Did you know that there's one part that's responsible for holding that oil so you can use it every day? It's called the oil pan, and it sits at the bottom of the engine. The oil pan is a vital, though simple, part of your engine's lubrication system. Oil circulates through parts of your engine to keep them lubricated. It reduces friction so everything works smoothly. Without oil, friction would quickly destroy your engine. The oil pan keeps that oil contained in the lubrication system, so it's important that the oil doesn't leak out. Since it's a metal part attached to another metal part, there is a gasket between the oil pan and the part of the engine it attaches to. Various things can put stress on the oil pan and gasket, including weather extremes, the speed you're traveling and the condition of the oil. You may drive over a couple of bad roads and kick up debris onto your oil pan. All this wear and tear, heat and ti ... read more

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Maintenance , Oil Change

All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Gordie's Garage Inc

When all of your vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in ROSEVILLE can cause your vehicle's wheels to be out of alignment.Driving for an extended time around ROSEVILLE when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous … and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded MI highway. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive to repair. At the very least, you may have to replace your tires years too early. The ideal alignment for your vehicle was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at Gordie's Garage Inc starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything's bent or broken. Then your friendly and knowledgeable Gordie's Garage Inc technician will look at tire condition.From there, the ... read more

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Alignment
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