What to Look For From Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are worth your attention, since they're responsible for keeping you safe when you're driving in tough weather. Wipers that aren't performing well will result in reduced visibility, which can obviously add danger to already treacherous road conditions. So what exactly should you look for when examining your wiper blades?

One thing to look out for is the quality of the rubber on the blades. Rubber that's in bad shape could mean you need to replace your blades, so look out for tears, stiffening, and detachment from the wipers themselves. 

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How to Interpret Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

Motor oil viscosity ratings are a lot easier to understand than they sound. Still, the plethora of letters and numbers emblazoned on brightly colored bottles at the automotive shop intimidates everyone, including members of our Quick Lane Livonia team. Luckily, our service department's experienced techs broke it all down for us.

Motor Oil Viscosity Rating

A motor oil viscosity rating consists of two sets of numbers, the first followed by a letter "W." The letter stands for winter, denoting your engine in cold temperatures.
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Try These Tips to Remove Pet Hair From Your Vehicle

Quick Lane Livonia knows what its like to develop a special bond with a family pet. Our furry family members are often frequent passengers in our vehicles. Don't let pet hair on your car seats give you the blues. Try these tips to quickly clean up a car's interior.

A balloon can be a great tool for removing pet hair. Just blow it up and let the static electricity do the rest. Rub the inflated balloon on the car upholstery to remove pet hair. You can achieve the same effect with a pair of rubber gloves. Just spray…

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How to Handle Roadside Emergencies

There are few feelings worse than getting a flat tire while driving home from work or having your car stall out while driving your kids to soccer practice. The good news is that there are tings that you can do to handle a roadside emergency gracefully.

Ideally, you will prepare for an emergency situation before one occurs. For example, you should have blankets to keep you warm if stranded overnight and water to ensure that you don't dehydrate while waiting for help to arrive. Furthermore, it is a good idea to have a cellphone or tablet that can be…

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Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

The rate of motor vehicle accidents spikes up rather sharply in wet weather conditions. As a result, there are some important safety tips to bear in mind when driving in the rain.

Don’t rush when you get on the road. Leave plenty of time for your trip and drive at a reduced speed suitable to the prevailing weather conditions. One of the most common causes of accidents is driving faster than weather conditions permit. This includes vehicles in front and behind you, in the city or on the highway.

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Essential Winter Car Care Tips in Livonia

Quick Lane Livonia wants to help our readers be prepared for winter driving to keep their cars in good condition and to be informed vehicle owners. Three of the most important winter car care tips relate to your gasoline, washer fluid and tire pressure.

You want to keep your car topped off with gasoline in the winter because it minimizes the problem of water freezing inside the fuel pump. Keeping a full tank of gas will ensure you stay warm in emergency situations too. You should top off the windshield washer reservoir because you don't want to be in…

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Steps to Test Your Car Battery

You need to be conscientious about ensuring your car battery is in peak condition. The last thing you want to happen is a failing battery. The first step towards testing your car battery is to obtain a reliable voltmeter, the device that ascertains the health of a battery.

Attach the positive lead, marked in red, to the positive battery terminal. The is followed by attaching the negative lead, marked in black, to the negative terminal on the battery. The voltmeter will provide you with data on the overall health of the battery. Conclude the test process by removing the negative…

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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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6 Common Fluid Leaks

There has come a time where some type of fluid has leaked out of your car, and you had no idea what it could possibly be. Today we are going to go over the 6 most common fluid leaks that come from your car.

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