If you are a driver in Michigan and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn't vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around Michigan, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil, with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle. Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile of pencils or a ... read more
To say that driving in a Michigan winter can be dangerous sounds silly saying it out loud… because, DUH! Even if you are a recent transplant, you’ll by now just how crazy it can get out there during the winter months. It’s worth it, though, because this is a wonderful place to live, but there are some things you can do to stay safe. Today, we focus on brake safety. Make sure your tires are appropriate for the conditions. Snow tires are a must. Proper tread depth also a must. Both of these will affect your braking on snowy icy roads. Be aware that all of the de-icing salts and chemicals work to keep the ice on our roadways down, but it also makes your brakes wear out. If you haven’t had someone check this out already this winter, do it now. Our weather can be insane and it greatly contributes to the number of accidents in our state. In fact, we are in the top five for winter accidents and between Christmas and New Years alone, there were over 30 roa ... read more
For anyone who is new to living in Holly, Michigan and they are not familiar with driving in snow (those poor native Floridians!), there is a lot to learn. Among the important things to figure out is the difference between winter tires and all-season tires. The main questions we get asked here at Armstead Automotive Repair are: How are the tires different? When do you need to switch them out? What other tires should I consider? In an effort to offer useful and helpful information, we will share our professional opinion about key points between winter tires versus regular tires. How are the tires different? Winter Tires: Winter tires are better equipped to grip the road when covered in heavy snow and black ice. You can tell the difference between the two types of tires when you look at the tread depth, tread patterns, the tread rubber, and biting edges. Certain winter tires are made for commercial vehicles and are engineered for heavy-duty winter performance ... read more
Is it December already? Where did the year go? We don’t know about you, but it’s been a blessed whirlwind of auto repair activity all year at Armstead Automotive Repair in Holly, Michigan, and we are thankful to serve this community. Now that we’re in the middle of the holiday season, our family wants to make sure your family’s vehicles are ready to safely drive over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for Christmas. To help you prepare for holiday travel, here are a few checklist items to make sure your vehicle is ready to hit the road safely: Tires -- Do you have your winter tires correctly balanced? Is your tire tread deep enough? Are your tires showing signs of uneven wear? Are your wheels properly aligned? Are you crash sensors properly aligned and synced up with your wheels? Has your TPMS / Tire Pressure Monitoring System shown up as an alert on your dashboard? Is your spare tire ready to go and do you have all the tools ... read more
We wanted to take a moment to share with you some pictures of Ben during the competition and his results. He took First place at the Powerhouse Classic in Bellaire MI. He took 4th at Flint/MidMichigan in Flushing
Ben Armstead our Service Manager has been training for bodybuilding for the last four years. He will be competing at three shows this year. First he will be competing in two state level shows: The Flint/Mid Michigan on April 8th The Powerhouse Classic on April 28th. Then Ben is traveling to South Carolina for the Junior USA for a shot at receiving his IFBB Pro Card. Ben has stayed very focused this year. Eating only whole foods since January 1st he is looking amazing. Even though he works very hard on his body, he never dropping the ball on his team-keeping the shop running smooth and efficiently. Ben's work ethic at the business is the same as the gym. He's a true believer in if you put in the work anything can be accomplished. We here at Armstead's are proud of his accomplishments. Just that he is able to stay focused on the shop, family, and bodybuilding. He really enjoys knowing how to diet and eat the right foods. He knows so ... read more
Our manager, Ben Armstead, keeps himself in top shape! To keep your vehicle performing in top shape, you need regular oil changes — but no need to overdo it! Most later-model vehicles today can go longer without an oil change than the old 3,000-mile recommended intervals. And by the way, did you know that the detergent additives in engine oils can make the oil look dark and dirty? This is because they’re doing their job breaking up engine pollution and holding grime and sludge in suspension within the oil—and keeping it flowing, instead of accumulating and mucking up your engine!