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  • 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

  • Pickering's Auto Service Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

    Wednesday 31 May 2017

    Today's Pickering's Auto Service post focuses on using coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your Pickering's Auto Service service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.Brake fluid is confusing for some Lakewood drivers. Back when we opened Pickering's Auto Service, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some Lakewood... read more

  • When You Hear the Crash in Lakewood: What to Do After an Accident

    Tuesday 23 May 2017

    Motorists in North America drive about 3 trillion miles/4.8 trillion kilometers every year. There are over 250+ million licensed drivers, and approximately 6.2 million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, if we're going to drive vehicles, there are going to be accidents. Knowing what to do in case of an accident can help reduce the stress and cost of the situation. It can also protect you from false claims, incorrect judgments and unjust liabilities. Never... read more

  • 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