Oil Times are a-Changin' (Oil Change Synthetic)

March 3, 2024

When it comes to oil changes, things are really changing. Most newer vehicles require synthetic oil, and while it costs more than conventional oil, it doesn't need to be changed as often. When conventional oil was the only game in town, you changed your oil every 3,000 miles/5,000 km. But as tec... More

Watching Your Check Engine Light

February 25, 2024

Did you know that most of the cars driving around Troy, Michigan, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the Troy area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the la... More

TCB your PCV (PCV Valve Replacement)

February 18, 2024

Your gasoline engine goes through some exhausting work. Yes, it's truly exhausting, as in: it produces exhaust! And when your engine starts behaving like it's exhausted, such as running poorly or getting lousy fuel economy, the trouble may be something called a PCV valve. Did you know it's a ser... More

Automotive Tips from Auto Pro Troy: Air Conditioning Inspection

February 11, 2024

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around Troy require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some part... More

Read a Good Tire Lately? (Tire Wear)

February 4, 2024

There's lots of good information to read in books and online. You might not know that you can also "read" your tires and learn a lot about what shape they're in and if they are in need of attention. It's important to know how your tires are doing because a tire failure can be very dangerous to y... More

Staying In Charge (Alternator Repair)

January 28, 2024

Seems like these days, we're hearing about more and more electric or hybrid vehicles. Keep in mind that conventional gasoline internal combustion vehicles have important electrical components, too, and it's important to make sure they're operating at their peak. In a vehicle with a gasoline engi... More

Stay Safe in Troy by Putting Your Cell Phone on ICE

January 21, 2024

We don't want to think about it, but each Troy resident who drives or rides in a vehicle is potentially an accident victim. In the worst-case scenario, those people are unconscious and unable to communicate with Michigan rescue workers. Rescue workers and Troy police are well aware of this diffic... More

Don't Blow a Gasket! (Valve Cover Gasket Replacement)

January 14, 2024

When you head out to your vehicle after it's been parked and notice oil leaking underneath it, that's something to have looked at right away. Oil leaks mean your oil level is probably low and running a vehicle in that condition can lead to expensive repairs. While there are many reasons oil leak... More

Fears and Gears (Signs of Automatic Transmission Problems)

January 7, 2024

Automatic transmissions rule. The old days of shifting your own gears are a thing of the past for most drivers. But automatic transmission trouble can be a big inconvenience for any driver if it comes at the wrong time in the wrong place. Here are some signs to look out for that may mean you ar... More

A Non-Starter (Alternator Problems in Cold Weather)

January 1, 2024

As the temperatures dip, we all know there could be problems starting our vehicles. After all, batteries can grow old and not hold a charge as well as when they were newer. Or starters can go bad. But there's one more component to keep an especially sharp eye on during winter: your alternator. T... More