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  • Lakewood Customer Detective Work

    Sunday 14 May 2017

    One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Pickering's Auto Service in Lakewood is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed.Cars in CO are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So, it's challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get to the bottom of a problem. If it's not somethin... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Timing Belt Overview

    Sunday 07 May 2017

    In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Lakewood. The timing belt’s important job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good timin... read more

  • Hey Lakewood Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

    Monday 01 May 2017

    Higher Lakewood fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of Lakewood drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course CO vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.Preventive maintenance at Pick... read more

  • Tracking True in Lakewood: Wheel Alignment

    Monday 24 April 2017

    At Pickering's Auto Service, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a Pickering's Auto Service alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets a... read more

  • Serpentine Belt Service at Pickering's Auto Service

    Tuesday 18 April 2017

    Most Lakewood folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Lakewood market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Serpentine Belt System Wear

    Sunday 09 April 2017

    The primary job of the serpentine belt for Lakewood drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded around Lakewood with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers... read more

  • Brake Service at Pickering's Auto Service in Lakewood

    Monday 27 March 2017

    Brakes really aren't optional equipment for Lakewood drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every CO driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At Pickering's Auto Service, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Lakewood service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spong... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Serpentine Belt Overview

    Sunday 19 March 2017

    The technicians at Pickering's Auto Service know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in Lakewood have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idl... read more

  • Used Cars: Pickering's Auto Service Advice on What to Do After You Buy

    Tuesday 14 March 2017

    Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Lakewood drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the Lakewood area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Lakewood used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want t... read more

  • Coolant Service at Pickering's Auto Service

    Sunday 05 March 2017

    Lakewood residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of CO temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion... read more