We know that winter driving can be stressful, especially when you try to stay off the roads in times of winter storms and snow. The best thing you can do to be as prepared as possible when hitting the road in the winter is by ensuring that your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather. An inspection at our shop can help guarantee that your vehicle is in the best condition to stay reliable through the winter weather, and if not, we can help make the repairs necessary to get your vehicle where it needs to be. Here are some of the top causes of winter vehicle breakdowns: Engine overheating - Motor oil runs thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for it to circulate and keep your car running smoothly—and prevent it from overheating. A dead battery - It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter — meaning it might not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you turn the key. Radiator failure - You left your veh ... read more
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at The Detroit Garage! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road. Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at The Detroit Garage before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road. Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter. Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first a ... read more
Driving isn't always a walk in the park - sometimes certain things can happen that can put us under stress. Whether it is someone cutting you off or you start hitting every light along the way to your destination making you crunched for time, it is important that we all stay calm and collected while driving to ensure our own safety and the safety of other cars around us. If you ever find yourself stressed out, try to remember the following tips for common stressful situations on the road: Road Construction - It can be scary when a lane is closed and lots of vehicles are trying to merge out of the way. Road construction can also mean stopped cars along the side of the road and workers walking about. Try to stay calm and understand that the construction can’t be avoided, and that everyone is trying to get to their destination safely. Backseat Drivers - There’s always that one friend, family member, or spouse that gives advice where it isn’t warranted ... read more
While many of us hope that we never have to jump start our cars, dead batteries can happen unexpectedly and understanding how to properly jump start your vehicle can come in handy. The typically lifespan of a vehicle battery is between 3-5 years, and if you don't keep track of how old your battery is, it can die on you unexpectedly if its come to the end of its life. However, batteries can also die unexpectedly due to leaving lights or other electrical components on over night or for extended periods of time without your car running. If you do find yourself with a dead battery, jump starting your vehicle can help to at least get your car running so that you can get your car into The Detroit Garage to have your battery replaced. Here are the steps on how to properly jump start your vehicle: First, you will need jumper cables. If you don't own any, you can purchase these at your local auto parts store or online. Large convenience stores such as Target and Wal ... read more
It's that time of year when football is back in season, and going to games and enjoying the fun is a staple. If you're someone that has a season pass or is planning on visiting a few games this fall, you may be considering tailgating beforehand to hang with friends and eat good food. If you're planning on tailgating this season, remember the following safety tips to ensure that your plans go smoothly: When arriving to the stadium, be sure to drive carefully and safely while navigating through other tailgaters. Watch for kids and other pedestrians walking around. Make sure that you have a cooler on hand for all of your meats and perishables. If you're planning on cooking meats, be sure to keep raw meat separate from other snacks and wash any utensils that touch the raw meat. Be safe when cooking meat by bringing along a meat thermometer. Meats should be cooked according to foodsafety.gov standards. Use caution when grilling and make su ... read more
If you've ever experienced a spongy brake pedal before, you understand the feel - pressing down on the brake feel similar to pressing your foot on a sponge. The brake pedal won't have as much resistance as it previously did and it will feel as if your brakes won't stop with as much power. A spongy or soft brake pedal is actually a common brake issue and can happen with other vehicles. This symptoms is caused by air in the brake system which can happen due to improper bleeding, brake fluid loss, or a low fluid level. If your brake pedal is spongy, our experts will inspect the brake system to pinpoint the exact cause of the issue. Usually, we will bleed the brake line of all fluid and add more fluid after any appropriate issues are repaired. As soon as you notice a problem with your vehicle's brakes, don't hesitate to bring your car into the professionals here at The Detroit Garage. We will make sure that your car is safe and ready to go.
The warm weather is upon us, and for most, road trips and long drives are in future plans. If you’re planning a road trip or a long drive soon, it is important to make sure that your vehicle has an emergency kit packed so that you are prepared for anything. A vehicle inspection is always recommended before a trip to make sure your vehicle is prepared, but an emergency kit can help you in situations that you may not be expecting. An essential emergency kit for your vehicle is inexpensive and will come in handy in a variety of situations. Here’s a list of the most important things to pack in your vehicle: Owner’s Manual - don’t underestimate the importance of your vehicle’s owner’s manual! Make sure it’s in its home in the glove box. This can come in handy when a warning light appears on the dashboard that you are unfamiliar with. Jumper Cables - you never know when you might need jumper cables on hand. Even a healthy battery can d ... read more
When it comes to owning a vehicle, the single most important thing that you can do is take care of your vehicle. Think about how much money you have spent on your car - most likely tens of thousands of dollars. Now, imagine blowing off a service because you don’t really think you need it, although it won’t cost you much and it actually will protect vital car components and extend the lifespan of your vehicle. Seems silly, right? Well, the truth is, a recent survey by the Car Care Council found that 89% of vehicles in use were in need of at least one service or repair. We understand that as a car owner, it can be difficult to bring your vehicle into a shop and trust that what the mechanics recommend is necessary to the overall integrity of your vehicle, and not just a way to get more money out of you. That is why it is so important to find an auto repair shop that you can actually trust and that will be 100% transparent with you. When you find a good auto repair shop, you&r ... read more
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