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  • Ask Pickering's Auto Service About the Importance of Service Intervals

    Tuesday 22 May 2018

    Today in our Pickering's Auto Service blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Making Your A/C System Last Longer

    Thursday 17 May 2018

    Lakewood drivers know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubricate and protect expensive components and keep seals and gaskets from drying out. If refrigerant has leaked out – so has the compressor oil. This oil needs to be replenished whenever... read more

  • Pickering's Auto Service Fuel Saving Tip for Lakewood: Check Engine Light

    Tuesday 08 May 2018

    Here's a question for Lakewood, CO : How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light? Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Many conditions that trigger the Check Engine light can hurt your vehicle. A lot.If your date's eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the Check Engine light, try to think of all the gas money y... read more

  • Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Lakewood Drivers

    Monday 30 April 2018

    Lakewood residents know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your vehicle engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airbefore it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, f... read more

  • Lakewood Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

    Tuesday 24 April 2018

    Any Lakewood driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Lakewood residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of systems, as foll... read more

  • Lakewood Tire Repair

    Monday 16 April 2018

    Most Lakewood residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for Lakewood drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high CO gas prices, we've all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.  There's another danger with under... read more

  • The Pickering's Auto Service Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

    Tuesday 10 April 2018

    There's a lot of auto advice in CO right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?” If the answer is yes, do more research.The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone's claims about gas savings. Lakew... read more

  • The Pickering's Auto Service Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

    Monday 02 April 2018

    Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Lakewood drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Lakewood. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for power on h... read more

  • Pickering's Auto Service and the Maintenance Mindset

    Sunday 25 March 2018

    When it comes to their vehicles, some Lakewoodresidents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Lakewood drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oi... read more

  • Fresh Air Inside Your Car in Lakewood

    Tuesday 20 March 2018

    Air quality has certainly become a hot issue in our modern world. We install air filters on our ventilation systems and in our vacuum cleaners. There's a filter that cleans the air going into our vehicle's engine — so why not one for the air in the passenger compartment?Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers haven't been ignoring the issue. Cabin air filters are becoming a standard feature on newer vehicles. These filters can clean particles out of the air down to thre... read more