It Wears on You (Tire Rotation)

February 25, 2024

If someone told you there was a fairly inexpensive way to improve your vehicle's handling, fuel economy and extend the life of your tires, you'd probably ask, "What do I have to do?" The answer is to rotate your tires. But you have to do it regularly. A lot of drivers think skipping tire rotatio... More

Don't Miss a Beat (Importance of Regular Maintenance)

February 18, 2024

In many places, license plates have to be renewed every year or else you can't drive your vehicle legally. Usually, you'll get a reminder from the agency that issues the plates. That kind of regular attention needs to be paid to your vehicle as well. Its manufacturer has determined a schedule o... More

Losing Your Cool (Why is My Air Conditioning System Not Working?)

February 11, 2024

When you turn on the air conditioning in your vehicle, you expect cool air to come out of the vents. You depend on it, especially in hot weather, but it can also be important in humid weather when you need it to help defrost your windows and windshield. The air conditioning system has a lot of p... More

Automotive Tips from Spartan Tire Brighton: Battery Testing

February 4, 2024

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Spartan Tire Brighton when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most Brighton drivers and its tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. B... More

Not-So-Smooth Operator (Transmission Signs of Trouble)

January 28, 2024

You are heading down a flat, newly paved street when all of a sudden you feel it. Your vehicle jumps a little bit when you're accelerating and changing gears. You know it's not the surface of the road because it's smooth as silk. So what did you just feel? That kind of jumpingor grinding or sl... More

Go With the Flow (MAF Sensor Replacement)

January 21, 2024

A driver brought her vehicle into the shop the other day and told us how she was getting lousy fuel economy and that the engine was running rough. Plus, the Check Engine light was on. Our technician checked the code the engine had generated (why the Check Engine light was on) and found the prob... More

The Little Valve that Could (PCV Valve Replacement)

January 14, 2024

It's easy to get letters like PVC and PCV mixed up. PVC is a plastic that's used in a lot of things, especially plumbing pipes. And PCV is a valve that helps your engine burn off excess fumes rather than having them pollute our atmosphere. PCV stands for positive crankcase ventilation. When y... More

Oil's Well That Ends Well (Oil Change Grades and Weight)

January 7, 2024

Changing your oil regularly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your vehicle running well. And knowing the right type of oil to use is also very important. Engine oil is classified by weight, but it doesn't refer to how much the oil would weigh if you put it on a scale. It r... More

Weather Station on Wheels (Vehicle Sensor Maintenance)

January 1, 2024

You probably never thought about it, but your vehicle is like a rolling weather station. It can check the outside temperature, let you know when the roads are slippery and help you deal with rain. And how it does all those things is pretty cool. First, just like any weather station, a vehicle ha... More

The Last Gas (Fuel Pump Replacement).

December 31, 2023

You're heading down the road and you notice your vehicle is sputtering, like it's running out of gas. But the gauge show's it's still got a quarter of a tank. So what gives? It could be that your fuel pump is failing, meaning your engine is not getting enough gas to run properly. While fuel pu... More