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  • 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. Cars are sold when families upsize, when families downsize, or even when someone just wants a new car. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Lakewood used car owners sell vehicles because they don't want to deal with develop... 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

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Battery Testing

    Monday 27 February 2017

    The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Pickering's Auto Service when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most Lakewood drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Pickering's Auto Service service advisor can... read more

  • Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down in Lakewood

    Sunday 19 February 2017

    There’s not much Lakewood drivers can do about the price of gas in CO, but we can control - up to a point - how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy. The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year in improved gas mileage. Go a little slower on CO expressways. Lakewood drivers who go more... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

    Tuesday 14 February 2017

    The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Lakewood drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Pickering's Auto Service to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintai... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Signs of an Alignment Problem

    Tuesday 07 February 2017

    When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Lakewood drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Lakewood driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. In addition, your veh... read more

  • Improve Your Night Vision When Driving in Lakewood

    Tuesday 31 January 2017

    Night driving in Lakewood is not as safe as daylight driving as evidenced by the increased accident rate at night. Much of that is simply because it's dark outside.Visibility is important to safe driving. Ninety percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. And at night, we just can't see as much as we can during the day. In fact, if you have 20/20 vision during the day, your night vision is only 20/50. To translate, that means that an object you ca... read more

  • Diesel Maintenance for CO

    Monday 23 January 2017

    At Pickering's Auto Service we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our CO friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new dies... read more