Alma Location
1210 East Superior St.,
Alma, MI 48801
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mt. Pleasant Location
120 South Fancher St.,
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Mon - Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 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: 2022

Common Vehicle Sounds that Indicate Trouble

Common Vehicle Sounds that Indicate Trouble

When driving around, you might hear some noises coming from different parts of your car. Some might be perfectly normal, but others might be warning signs that you need to visit a repair auto shop as soon as possible. Here are some strange car noises that might be warning signs of impending problems: Rattling Noises from the Wheels, Especially When Accelerating at Low Speeds A rattling sound from the wheels might mean many things, but if it sounds like a coin eddying in a clothes dryer, which goes away at high speeds, then it could be there's a loose lug nut allowing free movement in a hup-cap. This usually happens when the wheel wasn't tightened properly during previous repairs. If this happens to your car, don't ignore the sound—plan for a visit to a mechanic as soon as possible. Chirping Engine If you are having a worn-out or loose serpentine belt under the hood, then there will be intermittent birds-like sounds coming from the engine. The ser ... read more

Timing Belt vs. Serpentine Belt: What's the Difference?

Timing Belt vs. Serpentine Belt: What's the Difference?

Timing belts and serpentine belts are both vital in keeping a car running. Both are driven by your engine's crankshaft but both belts serve completely different functions and are not the same in any way. The serpentine belt is a friction drive belt, and the timing belt is a direct drive belt. Failure of either the timing belt or the serpentine belt will cause your vehicle to not run. Serpentine Belt Named serpentine belt because of the way it winds, like a snake, around several pulleys which help power your car's accessories like your air conditioning, alternator, power steering, and water pump. The serpentine belt is made of a stretchy rubber compound and has grooves cut into it that match up with the grooves which are on your accessory pulleys. These are all external to the engine and can easily be seen. If your serpentine belt breaks, your car may run for a short time but will eventually overheat. Avoiding situations like this is easy by replacing the belt every 7 to 9 yea ... read more

What is Speedometer Repair?

What is Speedometer Repair?

The speedometer in your vehicle is the vital component that shows you how fast your vehicle is traveling while driving. If your speedometer is not working properly, your safety is at risk. Without knowing the proper speed that you are traveling, it is impossible to be aware of your vehicle's speed and this can lead to accidents or traffic tickets. If there is a problem with your vehicle's speedometer, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into our shop as soon as possible. The speedometer in your vehicle interacts with the transmission and the rotation of the driveshaft to translate those motions into an understandable speed. If you notice that your speedometer isn't working at all, noticeably isn't accurate, or your cruise control isn't working, then there may be an issue with the speedometer. You may also notice that your vehicle's check engine light has turned on. A couple of issues can cause your speedometer to stop working, including a malfunctioning EC ... read more

What Are Fuel Injectors?

What Are Fuel Injectors?

If you're not in tune with automotive parts, you have probably never heard of fuel injectors. These components work together with your fuel filter and pump to ensure your engine gets a balanced air and fuel mixture. To be specific, the injectors are in charge of spraying the clean fuel into the intake manifold before it gets compressed and burned to power your car engine.   Over time, the fuel injectors can get dirty, wear down, and become inefficient. As a result, you may notice poor engine performance and bad mileage. To combat these problems, you may have to get them cleaned (or replaced) so that you can go back to smooth cruising.   Knowing the symptoms of worn fuel injectors can help you detect them early on and prevent damaging your engine. Below are the several signs that you need fuel injector repairs: Engine Misfires This may be a symptom of dirty injectors causing an imbalance between the fuel and air that is being burned. And it could send vibrations thro ... read more

How Long Are Mufflers Supposed to Last?

How Long Are Mufflers Supposed to Last?

Mufflers are an essential component of your vehicle's exhaust system, and they serve the primary purpose of keeping your drives quiet. There's no doubt that your engine can be noisy, as it has to combust air and gas to power your vehicle. The muffler dampens the noise that comes from the motor as it makes its way out of your pipes. Mufflers also direct exhaust gases out into the air in a safe manner. Like any other vehicle part, mufflers need replacement eventually. Usually, mufflers are constructed to last for a very long time: anywhere within five to seven years. Sometimes, rust and other external circumstances can cause damages to your muffler sooner. If there is a problem with your vehicle's muffler, one of the first of many symptoms you will experience are loud noises.  Common Signs Of a Damaged Muffler Engine misfiring Lower gas mileage Excess noise (roaring sounds) You see an intense amount of exhaust fumes You smell a distinct burnt smell from your exhaus ... read more

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