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Belts & Hoses: When to Go to the Mechanic

Heat exposure and cold temperatures can cause belts and hoses to wear down faster. In addition, excess vibration, contamination, and other moisture problems can create issues for your hoss. That’s why it’s so important to have your car inspected every 3,000 miles. Your car depends on your belts and hoses to keep important components running correctly.

The three main belts and hoses to check for damage include timing belts, serpentine belts, and coolant hoses. These are responsible for your alternator, water pump, power steering, air conditioning, and radiator.

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This Myth About Changing Your Oil Could Be Costing You

When it comes to changing your motor oil, there are a lot of myths that we just accept as fact. Here at Quick Lane Livonia, we want to make sure you're saving all the money you can. It's important to always stay informed about vehicular maintenance, so that you never get taken advantage of.

One big myth that's often told about oil changes is that they need to happen every 3,000 miles. If you've heard this myth before, then we're sorry - especially if you believed it. The truth is, how often you need to…

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Safety First: How to Avoid a Tire Blowout

A tire blowout can be a scary and dangerous situation that can result in a serious accident. Fortunately, if you know how to properly prepare, you can avoid most tire blowouts. We at Quick Lane Livonia want to ensure you and your family stay safe while you're on the road, so we offer these simple tips to help you avoid a blowout.

One way to protect your tires from a blowout is to ensure they are properly inflated at all times. An under- or over-inflated tire will result in significant wear and tear on the tread, potentially causing a…

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Do You Need All-Season or Winter Tires?

Should you get winter or all-season tires? Your car comes with all-season tires from the factory, but, depending on winter conditions where you live, winter tires may save your life. All-season tires are great for a quiet ride, lasting a long time, and doing well throughout the year in most kinds of weather. They are perfect for areas that don’t usually get extremely cold, icy, or snowy throughout the winter.

On the other hand, winter tires are engineered to perform better in black ice, cold temperatures, and snow. They grip the road better and have tread patterns best for…

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How to Remedy Sliding on Slippery Roads

Sliding on slippery roads is a common occurrence in the winter time, and it’s also something thing can be not only stressful but also dangerous as well. We typically think of sliding in reference to riding on icy roads, but we can also slide if we’re making a turn at fast speed, braking quickly or driving on wet roads. There are remedies and techniques to avoid sliding on slippery roads. Stop at Quick Lane Livonia and allow us to inform you on the best ways to handle slippery roads.

  • Make sure you’re driving with good tires that…
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Controlling Pet Hair in Your Vehicle

You love your dog or cat and may not want to ban them entirely from your car, but you still dread the struggle to remove their fur from your interior when the ride is over. With a little bit of preparation, you can still enjoy their company on a ride without anticipating long hours of cleanup.

Prevention is the best method, so cover your seats with a blanket or pad specifically designed for pets. Even a towel will do in a pinch. Keeping your pet in their carrier not only gives them a place to stay safe while you're…
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Keep Your Fuel System Functioning Properly

The function of your fuel system is critical to the healthy operation of your car. At Quick Lane Livonia, we want to empower you to recognize when there is a potential fuel system problem with your vehicle.

So what are some signs that your fuel system needs service? Here you go:

Car Doesn't Start

So you go to get in your car, but it doesn't start. This could be that your fuel pump has taken a dive, or your fuel filter is clogged.

Note: It's easy to hear your fuel pump start up when turning the key…
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What Technology Features are Offered With the Ford Focus ST?

Our Quick Lane Livonia team understands performance vehicles and their maintenance needs. If you are in the market for a compact performance hatchback, the Ford Focus ST is one of the top models in its class. Not only do you get superior performance with the Focus ST, you also get technology features that are the most advanced in the industry.

The FordPass Smartphone App can enhance your driving experience in the Focus ST. This app helps you find locations such as gas stations, restaurants, and more. You can even reserve and pay for parking in certain locations with the FordPass…
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Learning More About Backup Cameras

Here at Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, we believe that our friends and neighbors should be as well-informed as possible about their vehicles and its functions. More specifically, we want to take some time to talk about the things you should know about your backup camera.

The first, and perhaps most important, thing to note about backup cameras is that they are not perfect. They can experience poor image quality, interference issues, and they can sometimes just get a little dirty.  

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Applying Touch Up Paint

Want to make sure your paint always looks good on your car? Touch-up pens and kits are available to help you fix your paint job yourself. However, it’s not always so simple. If you have ever applied a small amount of paint to your car, it can be nerve-racking trying to make the colors match up and look natural. In some cases, you may not want to use touch-up pens because they won’t cover up deeper scratches.

Paint chipping happens from time to time, but it’s easily covered up with a bit of paint in the same…

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