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  • CO: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

    Monday 16 July 2018

    CO residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do CO residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction damage. Over t... read more

  • Dashboard's a Funny Name (Instrumental Panel Warning Lights)

    Monday 09 July 2018

    Every day you drive, you're sitting behind the dashboard. But how in the world did it get that name? Back in the days of the horse-drawn carriage, horses would kick up dirt and mud on the driver and passengers, "dashing" debris against the carriage. So those who built carriages began installing a board to protect them. So, dash-board. Dashboard. The dashboard is still there, though changed quite a bit from the early days. Now its main purpose is to house the controls and instruments for your veh... read more

  • Dashboard's a Funny Name (Instrumental Panel Warning Lights)

    Monday 09 July 2018

    Every day you drive, you're sitting behind the dashboard. But how in the world did it get that name? Back in the days of the horse-drawn carriage, horses would kick up dirt and mud on the driver and passengers, "dashing" debris against the carriage. So those who built carriages began installing a board to protect them. So, dash-board. Dashboard. The dashboard is still there, though changed quite a bit from the early days. Now its main purpose is to house the controls and instruments for your veh... read more

  • Battery Basics for Lakewood

    Sunday 01 July 2018

    It's important for Lakewood drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold CO weather. Most Lakewood area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process... read more

  • Differential Service at Pickering's Auto Service: Viva la Difference

    Tuesday 26 June 2018

    Every vehicle on CO roads has a differential, and it is important to the proper operation of the vehicle.  But most Lakewood residents don't have a clue what it is.The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel. So the inside wheel of the vehicle must move at a slower speed than the outside wheel. Without a differential, the whe... read more

  • Time Out: Suspension Problems in Lakewood

    Sunday 17 June 2018

    Your vehicle's suspension system has two jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump in the road and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road around every corner and over every bump.To see your suspension system, you'll have to look under your vehicle. Anything that connects the wheels to the vehicle's frame is part of the suspension system. They're heavy-duty parts that work hard while you're driving and... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Pickering's Auto Service: Making a Battery Last Longer

    Monday 11 June 2018

    One thing all Lakewood drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Pickering's Auto Service can help maintain your battery.Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.Also, making sure... read more

  • When "Shady" is a Good Thing

    Sunday 03 June 2018

    Just like your skin can burn from too much sun, so can the paint on your vehicle.  It can turn dull, oxidize and fade the more ultraviolet rays beat down on it. One solution is to park in a shady spot, or you can buy a cover for your vehicle and put it on when you know it's going to be sitting in the sun for awhile. Yes, it takes a couple of minutes to put on, but in the end, keeping the gloss on your paint will help it retain its beauty… and its value. And it's not just the sun that... read more

  • Pickering's Auto Service Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

    Tuesday 29 May 2018

    CO service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Lakewood drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Pickering's Auto Service fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Pickeri... read more

  • 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