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.
There’s a long trail of glossy paint and polished chrome following Matthew Gieseler, who has spent 17 years in the auto reconditioning industry. His work continues at AMG Automobile Detailing, now with the help of a trained staff of detailers who are well-versed in the art of hand-washing and buffing cars. With the singular goal of getting vehicles as clean as if they'd just rolled off the assembly line, the team details the interiors and exteriors of cars, heavy-duty trucks, and even boats, using eco-friendly products and eagle-eyed focus. AMG also offers pickup and drop-off service for customers whose stubborn cars don’t buy the line that they’re “just going to the park.”
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.