Periodic Services in Lakewood, Arvada & Westminster

Oil & Filter Change

Changing the engine oil and filter every 3,000 miles eliminates costly repairs, keeps warranties valid and increases gas mileage. Please note, there are urban legends circulating that indicate it is not necessary to change oil this often. Most likely a careful examination of the owner's manual will indicate that 3,000 miles is the correct interval for the type of driving virtually all of us do in Colorado.


Synthetic Oil Change

Synthetic oil does everything that regular oil does but it does it better and longer. The reason is because the molecules that make oil slippery are smaller in synthetic oil, thus, it lubricates better. It also isn't affected as much by contamination and breakdown as ordinary oil - thus you can go longer between oil changes. There are some considerations before converting to synthetic oil, so ask us before making any changes. This definitely should result in a noticeable increase in gas mileage. We recommend changing every 7,500 miles.


Transmission Service

Regular transmission fluid flushes reduce the chance a very costly repair will be needed and the chance of an unexpected breakdown. Heat is the nemesis of transmission fluid - it causes the fluid to oxidize reducing the lubrication capacity which accelerates the wear on internal components. Manufacturers have engineered methods that reduce heat, but this fluid still gets extremely hot every time you drive. Flushing every 30,000 miles is usually sufficient for maintain proper functionality.


Cooling System

Regular cooling system fluid flushes reduce the chance that a very costly repair will be needed and the chance of an unexpected breakdown. Engine coolant (or anti-freeze) changes chemical composition over time. This change results in a very corrosive fluid which can damage engine parts and create scale that blocks coolant passageways. There are "long life" anti-freezes available, but their effectiveness are not proven. There are still some studies that indicate that they too become corrosive and destroy internal engine gaskets. At Pickering's we suggest using the traditional that is changed every 24 months or 30,000 miles.


Brake Fluid Flush

Changing this fluid reduces the chance of brake failure and the need to replace costly brake component parts - especially in ABS systems which are found in most of today's vehicles. Virtually all brake fluids absorb moisture from the air - there is no way to prevent this. The absorbed water creates rust and corrosion on the internal brake system components. If the concentration of water becomes too high, it can actually boil, compress, and cause an unsafe braking condition. We recommend flushing and replacing the fluid every 30,000 miles.


Fuel Filter

An old fuel filter can often create intermittent and mysterious problems and make it difficult to detect engine problems. All gasoline contains a small amount of dirt and contaminates that your fuel filter collects and this gradually reduces the flow of gas to your engine. When the filter is completely blocked, your car stops, or perhaps it fails to start. Usually, while there is only a partial flow of gas you may have a hard time starting, it may start and stall, or everything will seem fine at slow speed but sputter and run badly on the highway. Change it every 30,000 miles to get better gas mileage and reduce the stress of a potential breakdown.


Power Steering

We recommend flushing the fluid every 37,500 miles. Power steering fluid is exposed to high pressure, hot temperatures and it collects a lot of contaminants. This can result in excessive noise, hard steering, leaks and even complete steering failure. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms appear, some damage has probably been done. This can result in very expensive repairs.


Fuel Injector Service

Burning gasoline results in carbon deposits building up on fuel injector nozzles and internal engine parts. Over time, this carbon build-up causes poor engine performance, reduced gas mileage and sometimes damage to fuel injectors or internal engine parts. Every 37,500 miles we recommend servicing the fuel injection system to remove these carbon deposits resulting in improved engine performance, higher gas mileage, and preclude mechanical damage.


Driveline Services

A vehicle's drivelines are the components that convert engine rotation to power at the wheels. It involves gear boxes that contain lubricant. Largely due to high heat, the lubricant becomes less effective over time and gears, bearings and other components can become worn and damaged. Unless serviced, these components will eventually break. Exactly what components need servicing and at what mileage depend on your specific vehicle, but they will fall within the range of 30-60,000 miles. Ask us about your specific vehicle.