Alma Location
1210 East Superior St.,
Alma, MI 48801
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Mt. Pleasant Location
120 South Fancher St.,
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Mt. Pleasant
1011 Industrial Drive,
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Gaylord
1180 Milbocker Rd.,
Gaylord, MI 49735
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATS Fleet Service - Saginaw
3733 Wolf Rd.,
Saginaw, MI 48601
Mon - Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Alma, Gaylord & Mount Pleasant Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2021

Why Is My Car Heater Not Working?

Why Is My Car Heater Not Working?

While winter in Michigan can be fun for some people, others not so much. Many people dread the cold, and if your car heater is not working, it can make the experience even worse. If your vehicle stops blowing warm air, it can be due to any of the following mechanical issues: Damaged Thermostat A faulty thermostat is one of the most prevalent causes of heater failure. It may be stuck open or closed, and either way, the damage can extend to the engine's cooling system.  Low Antifreeze The second most common problem is low antifreeze. When your coolant levels diminish, it won't be able to move towards the heater core, and thus, your cabin remains cold. It also puts your vehicle at risk of overheating. Faulty Heater Fan The heater fan, the component that transfers heat into the cabin, can break or suffer an electrical short. Broken Blower Motor If the blower motor is broken, you might have issues setting the fan speed. In worst-case scenarios, you might not get any air ... read more

When Should I Replace My Brake Fluid

When Should I Replace My Brake Fluid

Your car relies on various fluids to power its internal systems. One of those essential fluids includes your brake fluid, which is necessary for your brake system to function. Most car manufacturers have a specified number of miles or timeframe of when you should replace or change your brake fluid. But the best way to go about your fluid maintenance is to inspect your fluid on a regular basis.   Brake fluid is a hydraulic liquid that transfers the pressure you apply on the brake pedal down to the brake pads and the wheels. While this solution is in a sealed system, the lines that support the fluid flow can become damaged over time. Consequently, they can allow contaminants like water, dust, or dirt to alter the fluid. As a result of contaminated brake fluid, your car's braking capabilities will become less effective. Drivers need to be constantly alert of their brake performance, as bad brakes can put you at a greater risk of an injury.   Signs Your Brake Fluid Needs ... read more

Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers, Parents, and Children

Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers, Parents, and Children

It's October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. Whether you have children or not, it's important to keep the kids in your community safe on this special day. You are bound to see trick-or-treaters, especially if you live in a busy residential area or an apartment complex. We've compiled two lists of safety tips for drivers and parents/children for the spooky holiday.  For Drivers - Reduce Your Speed – The most important driving rule on Halloween night is to drive slowly. Kids can be walking and coming from all directions. Be Extra Attentative and Avoid Major Distractions (Phone, Eating/Drinking, etc.) - You should keep your eyes peeled on the road, and your hands should be on the steering wheel at all times. Don't Pass a Stopped Car in a Neighborhood – If you see a stopped car in a residential area, chances are they are picking up or dropping off their kids. Please exercise extra caution and let them finish before moving forward with ... read more

What Is Car Battery Corrosion?

What Is Car Battery Corrosion?

Now that summer is coming to a close, it is a good time to inspect your battery. Your vehicle has endured months of heat and labor this past summer, which makes it susceptible to failure. And one of the most common causes we see at Alma Tire Service is battery corrosion.   Corrosion on your car battery can indicate normal wear and tear as the battery ages, but it can grow more severe with high temperatures in the summertime. While small amounts of corrosion can be minor and easily cleaned, large build-ups can signal a serious problem.   What Causes Battery Corrosion? The sulfuric compound inside car batteries discharges hydrogen gas, which can be confined under the hood of your car. Corrosion commonly takes place on the terminals of the battery. Small leaks or loose connections on the battery can also result in battery decay.    Warning Signs When corrosion occurs, you’ll visibly see a white, green, or blue substance forming around the terminals. A sma ... read more

What Are the Different Types of Tire Wear Patterns?

What Are the Different Types of Tire Wear Patterns?

Your treadwear is particularly informative on how your tires are holding up. If you see that your tire wears in the center, edges, or outer parts, it may suggest a problem with how you are using them. By monitoring your wheels regularly, you can catch any issues sooner and determine whether you need tire service. To help you better understand tire tread patterns, we've created a short guide on the five common types of tire wear patterns.   Patchy Wear Patchy tires usually insinuate that your wheels are out of balance. Regular tire rotations and balancing can prevent a patchy tire. These services should be a regular part of your maintenance routine. As soon as you catch this type of wear on your wheels, please reach out to our expert team for assistance.   Center Wear If your tires seem to be more worn in the center, your tires may be over-inflated. We strongly warn against overfilling your tires with air because it will make your tires wear faster. If you notice cen ... read more

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