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  • Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in Lakewood, CO

    Sunday 18 November 2018

    Everyone in Lakewood, CO eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in Lakewood, it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several categories that will help in the selection process.One category is often referred to as "summer tires". Summer tires are designed to be driven on the road when temperatures are generally above 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). Th... read more

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

    Sunday 11 November 2018

    The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Pickering's Auto Service we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for Lakewood drivers.Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

    Monday 05 November 2018

    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 a major crash, 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. Your car can lose alignm... read more

  • Time for Differential Service at Pickering's Auto Service?

    Sunday 28 October 2018

    Hello Lakewood - let's talk differentials. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential is on the back axle. With front-wheel drive cars, the differential is up front. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have three differentials - front, rear and in the middle. So you see, you've got a differential (or two or three) and it needs service now and then.What does your vehicle differential do? Well, it compensates for the differences in speed between your... read more

  • Upsizing Wheels and Tires With Pickering's Auto Service

    Monday 22 October 2018

    Many Lakewood drivers want to accessorize their vehicle - you know, make it theirs. One of the easiest ways to get a custom look is to get some new wheels. There are thousands of wheel designs at Lakewood area tire shops to get you the look you want. And for many Lakewood drivers, that look includes bigger wheels. It used to be that cars came from the factory with 15 or 16 inch wheels. Now 16, 17 and even 18 inchers are standard. And the factories are offering optional wheel packages up to... read more

  • Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better for Lakewood Motorists

    Monday 15 October 2018

    Lakewood residents know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your 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 airand before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injec... read more

  • Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

    Sunday 07 October 2018

    Lakewood drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the steering wheel. If it's a rear wheel you'll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your technician at Pickering's Auto Service puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.That brings us to tire r... read more

  • For Brakes' Sake (Brake Rotor Service in Lakewood)

    Sunday 30 September 2018

    Think of how much abuse your brakes take. Day in and day out, they stop your vehicle when it's going fast and when it's going slow. Maybe your vehicle has been vibrating when you brake, or maybe it seems like your stopping distance is a little bit longer than it used to be. Then it's time to get your brakes checked out. After all, you have to be able to stop if you want to be safe. Nearly all newer vehicles have disc brakes on the front, and many have that type of brake on all four wheels. That... read more

  • For Brakes' Sake (Brake Rotor Service in Lakewood)

    Sunday 30 September 2018

    Think of how much abuse your brakes take. Day in and day out, they stop your vehicle when it's going fast and when it's going slow. Maybe your vehicle has been vibrating when you brake, or maybe it seems like your stopping distance is a little bit longer than it used to be. Then it's time to get your brakes checked out. After all, you have to be able to stop if you want to be safe. Nearly all newer vehicles have disc brakes on the front, and many have that type of brake on all four wheels. That... read more

  • Hold the Oil! (Oil Pan Gasket Replacement)

    Sunday 23 September 2018

    You've likely heard how important oil is to your vehicle's engine. Did you know that there's one part that's responsible for holding that oil so you can use it every day? It's called the oil pan, and it sits at the bottom of the engine. The oil pan is a vital, though simple, part of your engine's lubrication system. Oil circulates through parts of your engine to keep them lubricated. It reduces friction so everything works smoothly. Without oil, friction would quickly destroy your engine. The oi... read more

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