The Best Auto Repair And Maintenance Services
Whether you have a car that's been sitting a little too long
or a fleet that needs a basic check, Northstar Automotive in the Bear Lake,
MI 49614 area can get your vehicle back on the road quickly, and we work
with your insurance company to ensure you get the best repair job at a
To schedule an appointment or find out more about what we can do for your vehicle, contact us at 231-864-3139.
Our expert auto repair services include:
Domestic General Repair
No matter how carefully you drive, your domestic car will need occasional general repairs. These general repairs may include engine diagnostics and repairs, alignments, brakes, front end and rear end diagnostic services and electronics service and repair. To have your domestic vehicle repaired and maintained, contact Northstar Automotive today. At Northstar Automotive, we have experts who can handle even the most challenging domestic vehicles.
Import General Repair
Import vehicles can be an economical or stylish alternative to domestic cars. Obviously, they will require general repairs at some point. Additionally, maintenance and repair of these vehicles requires knowledge and tools not possessed by many auto shops. If you have issues with your import vehicle, contact or visit Northstar Automotive today for professional import general repairs. We have the expertise required to get your vehicle running like new again.
Off-Road Vehicle Repairs
An off-road vehicle (also known as an off-highway vehicle) is a vehicle capable of driving on and off paved roads. An off-road vehicle can comfortably use any type of road. These vehicles are characterized by large tires. When an off-road vehicle develops problems, it should be serviced by a shop that has experience in off-road repair. For expert off-road vehicle repairs, contact or visit Northstar Automotive today.
Warning Lights Questions and Answers
Q: Why does my car keep saying the coolant level is low?A: If a low coolant warning light is on do not continue to drive and go directly to the auto repair shop. It is simple and often inexpensive to fix at Northstar Automotive. Waiting to get the problem resolved can result in high-cost engine repairs. If the low coolant warning light continues to flash on, then there is a leak in the car's cooling system. Coolant fluid can leak in several ways. First, external leaks from radiator hoses, second, connections between hoses, or lastly, from the radiator itself. Your car's radiator cap may leak due to a faulty seal on the cap which can be easily resolved by a specialist at our shop in Bear Lake.
Q: Why Is My Car's ABS Light On?A: An Anti-Lock Braking System or ABS warning light on your dash indicates something in your car's ABS needs to be checked out by a qualified mechanic. Your ABS is one of your most important safety systems. Do not ignore this warning light. Common issues are:
- Malfunctioning ABS module
- Low levels in the brake fluid reservoir
- Broken speed sensor
- The ABS system is not receiving power
Q: How do I fix a persistent traction control warning light?
A: Normally, when the traction control light comes on while driving it indicates the car's traction control lost grip or traction going around a sharp curve or while driving on wet pavement. However, sometimes the traction control warning light will come on and stay on.
The best way to determine whether it was just a fluke or a real issue is to shut your vehicle off and turn it back on. If the light is off, then it was likely a temporary malfunction. If the light does not reset, come by Northstar Automotive in Bear Lake and let us fix it.
Q: Why is my throttle control warning light on?A: The connection between the gas pedal and acceleration is controlled by your car's throttle. The amount of acceleration or throttle control is governed by a sophisticated computer system. Any disruption of the electrical signals will affect your vehicle's acceleration and cause the throttle control warning light to come on. If your throttle control light comes on go directly to Northstar Automotive in Bear Lake.
Q: What are the main problems that cause a throttle control warning light to come on?A: The five main issues are:
- Irregular or dangerous unintended acceleration
- Intermittent loss of throttle control
- Sudden drop in fuel economy
- Hesitation or stumbling when accelerating.
- Engine stuck unable to accelerate beyond a fast idle.
Q: Can I drive with the throttle control light on?A: No, unwanted acceleration may occur and cause an accident. Go straight to the repair shop. There can be many different causes for the throttle control warning light, many are simple fixes.
Great overall experience. Clean, organized shop. Friendly. A wonderful, full service, small town business. Thanks so much for the fine and knowledgeable service on the 64 GTO. Nice to know real mechanics are still out there.
Dian & Craig, 06/13/2023
Northstar Auto has never let me down. They identify your problems and don't sell you services that are not needed. They treat you more like family than just another customer. This trip my car windshield washer was not working. They quickly discovered that mice had made my car there home while I was in Florida. They chewed through the washer tube and had filled my filters full of seeds and nuts. They also noticed I needed my brake fluid changed. They repaired my windshield washer tube, replaced my filters, and replaced my old brake fluid. They provided me with transportation home while they did the brake fluid so I would not have to sit there all day. How many auto places do that for there customers? Northstar Auto is family owned and go above and beyond to get you back on the road.
Bill Packer, 04/11/2023
Awesome thanks for the service Mike
Terry Longton, 02/19/2023