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
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
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!