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Gordie's Garage Inc Advice on Buying New Tires

Gordie's Garage Inc Advice on Buying New Tires

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every ROSEVILLE driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all MI seasons.ROSEVILLE off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around MI? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.Gordie's Garage Inc tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at Gordie's Garage Inc can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle on the road.So personalize your veh ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Questions to Ask Your ROSEVILLE Service Advisor

Questions to Ask Your ROSEVILLE Service Advisor

We find that a lot of ROSEVILLE drivers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because vehicles have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road.You know, your local hospital has a Patient's Bill of Rights that they post throughout the hospital. We think our ROSEVILLE automotive service customers also have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their car and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction.It's all about the communication. It's a little harder when you're trying to find the right ... read more

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Gordie's Garage Inc

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Gordie's Garage Inc

When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most ROSEVILLE drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction which stops the vehicle. It's no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically.Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn't mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced.But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or get gummed up by oil, dirt and other road spatter. A brake ... read more

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Brakes

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Did you know that most of the cars driving around ROSEVILLE, MI, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the ROSEVILLE area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle's functions.Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen content. All of this electronic wizardry is pretty complicated. So how do ROSEVILLE drivers know when there is a problem?It's simple; the Check Engine light comes on. The computer monitors all the sensors and uses that information to decide what to adjust such as the fuel mix, spark timing and idle speed. In addition, the computer monitors its own circuits. When it finds a fault, it turns on the Check Engine light and stores a trouble code in the ... read more

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Dashboard

Breathe Deep in ROSEVILLE With a New Cabin Air Filter

Breathe Deep in ROSEVILLE With a New Cabin Air Filter

Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and ROSEVILLE auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually under the vehicle hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have your friendly and knowledgeable Gordie's Garage Inc service advisor take care of replacing them.As we said, many ROSEVILLE people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and come to Gordie's Garage Inc saying "my vents are smelling bad." It usually turns out to be a dirty cabin air filter. A switch out and they're on their way, smelling sweet.ROSEVILLE residents who suffer from allergies can really benefit from a cabin air filter as it keeps irritants to a minimum.If you're one of them, you'll want to replace ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Gordie's Garage Inc Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Gordie's Garage Inc Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Today's Gordie's Garage Inc post focuses on using coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your Gordie's Garage Inc service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.Brake fluid is confusing for some ROSEVILLE drivers. Back when we opened Gordie's Garage Inc, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some ROSEVILLE residents mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That's not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is designed for your vehicle.Ditto for transmission fluid. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at Gordie's Garage Inc: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engineering advances in vehicle automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids de ... read more

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Fluids

Super Slick at Gordie's Garage Inc in ROSEVILLE: Synthetic Oil

Super Slick at Gordie's Garage Inc in ROSEVILLE: Synthetic Oil

When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for ROSEVILLE drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides advantages over conventional motor oil. First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for ROSEVILLE drivers, cooler operating temperatures and more engine power. Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than conventional oil, and it doesn't vaporize ... read more

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Fluids

New School: Automotive Gordie's Garage Inc Technician Training

ROSEVILLE consumers are demanding. We want a safe, reliable vehicle that handles well and is comfortable to ride in. Oh, and we want good fuel economy, too. We also want vehicle repairs that are cheap, fast and easy. Unfortunately, one usually comes at the cost of the other.Today's vehicles have made significant improvements in reliability and performance over the last few decades. They also deliver more power to ROSEVILLE drivers more efficiently than ever before. For example, some of today's 4-cylinder engines are equal to yesterday's V-8's. Our vehicles also offer an amazing range of features that make them more comfortable and convenient than ever before.But all of that improvement has come at a price for ROSEVILLE vehicle owners. Our vehicles are more complicated and difficult to repair than ever before. They have numerous mechanical and electrical systems. Fuel systems are so complex they have to be run by a computer. Our vehicles are covered with sensors and high-tech elect ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around ROSEVILLE

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around ROSEVILLE

With high fuel prices in ROSEVILLE, MI, comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on   is great.  When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?Do some research on the internet or ask your ROSEVILLE, MI, service advisor at Gordie's Garage Inc.There aren't any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank, and the government hasn't suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your vehicle run on air. Not even in ROSEVILLE!So next time you get one of those e-mails, check it out with an automotive professional. You'll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement.We're here for you at Gordie's Garage Inc, so give us a call at 586-775-1185 for good honest advice about your vehicle. Gordie's Garage Inc 29046 CALAHAN RD ROSEVILLE, MI ... read more

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Fuel System

ROSEVILLE, MI Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in MI, ROSEVILLE residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for MI winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing ROSEVILLE residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold MI winters.There are some specific things ROSEVILLE drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Gordie's Garage Inc in ROSEVILLE. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.In the cold mon ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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