The Importance of Cabin and Engine Air Filters

At Bowman Auto Center, we want to help you optimize your vehicle's performance so that you have a smooth ride when you're out and about in Clarkston. Your vehicle has two air filters, which include a cabin and engine air filter, and it's necessary to keep your air filters free of contaminants.

Your engine air filter keeps dirt and particles out of the engine intake. When your engine air filter becomes clogged, it will need to be cleaned or changed. This is because a clogged filter can cause increased fuel consumption and emissions.

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Watch for These Signs Your Exhaust is Leaking

The exhaust specialists at Bowman Auto Center wanted to pass on a few tips to save you money on repairs. Look out for these signs of trouble with your exhaust system in your car.

Popping noises from the exhaust manifold are trouble. Burned marks around the ports means it is time to get the vehicle to a mechanic. Pay attention to whistling noises from the tailpipe too, as these are almost always pressure related. When you begin to notice a drop in your gas mileage, the culprit could be the exhaust system. 

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Different Types of Winter Tires

We want you to stay safe while driving on the road in winter conditions. Here are a few different types of winter tires that you might want to put on your vehicle for when the stormy weather hits.

Performance Snow Tires

These smooth driving snow tires are designed for good performance at highway speeds and will have less control on ice and snow when compared to studded tires. Studdable Tires Install studs into studdable tires and you will find yourself with excellent control in icy conditions.

Studless Winter Tires

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Big, Strong & Brainy: Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado is a popular, triple-threat midsize pickup: big, strong and smart. You probably already know about its 7,700-pound towing capacity and choice of three powerful engines. Did you know it has tech features to rival a high-end sports car or luxury SUV? Our Bowman Auto Center team was just as shocked at first, but now we're believers.

Tailored Coaching for Your Driving Behavior

We all know there are optimal driving behaviors we can adopt to maximize fuel efficiency, safety and the overall lifespan of our vehicle. 

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Is There Something Wrong with the Car's Ignition?

Problems with a car's ignition can prove aggravating. When you have somewhere to go, you don't want a vehicle to give you any trouble starting. Ignition system parts, like other components, do wear out. Be mindful of problematic signs so you can take action.

A grinding noise is probably the most apparent sign of ignition woes. Commonly, the culprit is a worn starter drive gear, although there could be mechanical issues hampering one that is still in good condition. Don't ignore grinding noises.  

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Things to Watch Out for When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used vehicle in Clarkston, MI can be stressful and frustrating. At the same time, it can be fun and thrilling. If you happen to be getting the upper hand in negotiations with a used car seller, then you are probably feeling very confident. However, there is one factor that you have to look out for: That is the closer.

Sometimes the salesperson is not able to get the type of deal that is desired by the buyer. At this point, they take it to the closer. The closer is there to get a few hundred dollars more out…

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What Do You Do with a Roof Rack?

A roof rack makes life a lot easier for people transporting bikes, luggage, and more. Roof racks allow drivers to keep more space in the trunk and passenger compartments, too. Anyone using a roof rack, however, must employ great care. Not correctly securing something to the rack can lead to disaster.

Never take an "I got it" attitude when you aren't familiar with how roof racks work. Read the instructions carefully. The guidelines provide info on how to install the rack and how to secure things on it. If you have any trouble, ask someone for assistance.  

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Why You Should Be Flexible When Trying to Get a Good Leaf-Peeping Show

There are a lot of important tips that you need to follow in order to make the most of your leaf-peeping experience. When trying to get the best views, you have to be flexible, among other things. The fall is often unpredictable when it comes to the color of the leaves changing.

The worst thing to be when planning your trip is rigid in your planning. You also need to know the time to go according to the place you are going to check out. If you are close to the Canadian Border, then the best time to go is…

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For Heightened Child Safety, Understand the LATCH System

We value informed drivers at Bowman Auto Center. Being informed helps you drive safely. Today, our blog post informs you about the LATCH System, which will interest you if you ever drive young children in your automobile.

LATCH is short for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, and the automobile industry worked with the United States' government to develop this system. It eases the difficulty of properly installing child seats in any new or recently produced auto sold in the United States.  

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The Alternator's Function and Signs That it Needs to be Replaced

When you go to start your car in the morning and it doesn't turn over, the battery may be bad. You might also be having trouble with your alternator. Bowman Auto Center wants you to know about the function of the alternator and the signs that indicate that the alternator might need to be replaced.

The alternator is also called a generator. Once the battery has turned the car over, the alternator works in conjunction with the battery to provide electricity to operate the lights and other functions of the car.  

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