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  • Blind Spot Safety for Lakewood Driving

    Wednesday 16 August 2017

    Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Lakewood, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Lakewood drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out... read more

  • To Save Gas Around Lakewood: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

    Sunday 30 July 2017

      One topic that hits the news in CO on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some CO drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in Lakewood who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Pickering's Auto Service is one of the best ways people in Lakewood can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel e... read more

  • Super Slick at Pickering's Auto Service in Lakewood: Synthetic Oil

    Sunday 23 July 2017

    When you get an oil change, it's always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we're asked if we'd like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Lakewood drivers. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor... read more

  • PCV Valve: What Is It?

    Monday 17 July 2017

    Most Lakewood drivers know something about preventive maintenance on a vehicle. We know we should routinely replace the oil and wiper blades and other fluids. But have you heard of a PCV valve ? This little car part needs to be replaced regularly or it can cause some serious problems in your vehicle engine.PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. The crankcase holds your motor oil and is located at the bottom of your engine.When fuel is burned in your engi... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Brake Noise

    Tuesday 11 July 2017

    Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in Lakewood. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when Lakewood drivers should replace their brake pads at Pickering's Auto Service. Not only will new pads restore your stop... read more

  • Relax When the Wind Blows in CO: Winter Car Prep for Lakewood Drivers

    Sunday 02 July 2017

    When autumn comes around in Lakewood, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for Lakewood drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Lakewood drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the CO winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiat... read more

  • Breathe Deep in Lakewood With a New Cabin Air Filter

    Wednesday 28 June 2017

    Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and Lakewood auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually under the vehicle hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have your friendly and knowledgeable Pickering... read more

  • Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Pickering's Auto Service

    Sunday 18 June 2017

    The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing CO residents to review their finances. More and more Lakewood drivers are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America today have over 75,000 miles/120,000 km on them. And the average age of vehicles is now over eleven years. That translates to some car care issues that many Lakewood men and women haven't dealt with in the past... read more

  • The Right Automotive Fluids for Lakewood Drivers

    Monday 12 June 2017

    All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Lakewood drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in Lakewood should always use the... read more

  • Engine Hydration for Lakewood Drivers: Role of Your Water Pump

    Tuesday 06 June 2017

    The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating through your engine.The water pump is driven by a belt, chain or gear and only operates while the engine is running. It has a limited life span and sooner or later will have to be replaced. Yo... read more