Performance Plus Quick Lube's team of trained technicians is well-versed in the most common oil myths and uses that knowledge during regular oil changes to transform coughing engines into efficient, long-lasting, high-performance car-hearts. After expunging the contaminated sludge from the engine’s crankcase, the Performance pit crew enlists up to five quarts of Quaker State Enhanced Durability synthetic blend motor oil for a three-month (or 3,000-mile) tour of lubrication duty that eases piston pounding and traps engine dirt in suspended animation. Once they've installed a new oil filter, they'll top off the car's coolant, power steering fluid, and umbrella drink.
The GM-trained technicians at Demaagd GMC Nissan whip wearied vehicles into shape with fresh batches of oil and safety checks. During the 45-minute service, mechanics swap old oil for up to 5 quarts of clean fluid, slapping on new filters to protect engines from pollutants and their own insecurities. Then, the techs tickle cars until they chuckle their wheels off, allowing close scrutiny of the brake pads, rotors, and calipers to confirm the safety of the brake system and its willingness to obey stop signs. After reattaching the wheels to different axles—a step that helps to improve balance and prolong tire life—the mechanics comb the length of the car during a 27-point inspection, which includes a tire-pressure check, an interior and exterior light check, and a quick peek beneath the hood to gauge the battery's health.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Michiganders and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and other appliances. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as an expansive line-up of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Hearing aid batteries ($3.99-$10.99), watch batteries ($7.99 with installation) as well as other household powerables are also available, including an Interstate 9V alkaline battery ($3.49) for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
The automobile authorities at Seelye Wright of Paw Paw treat cars of all makes and models to a thorough maintenance routine that lasts from 30 minutes to an hour. Talented techs double-check brakes to ensure safe stopping at manatee crossings before subjecting belts and hoses to a thorough physical and refreshing all fluids to prevent vehicle dehydration. After banishing rogue particles with a new filter, engines guzzle fresh-squeezed oil and squeaks are silenced with a fresh coat of lubricant. The buggy revitalization is completed with a full tire rotation, in which rubber rollers play a game of musical wheel-well and treads are inspected for tears, punctures, and hidden stashes of potato chips.
At Crossroads Expert Auto Service, a NAPA AutoCare Center and recipient of the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence, ASE-certified technicians spoon-feed domestic and imported vehicles up to 5 quarts of Shell motor oil. During the 30-minute service, techs drain dreary dinosaur juice, replace it with fresh extract of an oil tanker, and install a filter designed to gobble up any contaminants in sight. Mechanics fire up supercomputer-like diagnostic equipment to test the battery for optimal performance and cold-weather cranking capability, then check that the coolant is prepared to maintain proper engine temperature during the upcoming Winter Age. After inspections are over, techs generate a comprehensive maintenance report card to provide drivers with their vehicle's grades and overall well-being. Crossroads keeps customers occupied in a multitasking lounge area that features complimentary wall-to-wall WiFi.
The experienced specialists at Mr. Tunes' shops reinvent automobiles with everything from customized subwoofer boxes and sound systems to truck accessories. The crew can spend two to three hours french-braiding seatbelts or installing remote starters by Viper, Valet, and Avital, which allow drivers to start their cars from afar with the push of a handheld remote. Customized audio and video systems transform backseats into full-blown media rooms. Mr. Tunes also offers a wide range of navigation options and iPod integration systems.