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TIME MAY BE RUNNING OUT…

TIME MAY BE RUNNING OUT…

Don’t ignore those check engine and dashboard warning lights I recently noticed an internet article on how to turn a “check engine” light off. It advised to simple turn the car off and on three times and, like magic!, your problem will go away. Even if you aren’t car maintenance savvy, you know this isn’t the right thing to do… Those little lights, bells and beeps are there to warn you that trouble might be coming your way. SO DON’T IGNORE THEM! Warning lights notify you when your vehicle’s computer recognizes an issue that needs to be addressed. These annoying little lights have a very important job. The sensors attached to them continuously monitor and send data to electronic control units (computers) for various systems needed for you vehicle to be reliable and safe. Dashboard indicator lights may allude to a sensor or drivability problem. Dashboard indicator lights can also mean that you have anything from an emissions problem to ... read more

What is a Car Radiator?

What is a Car Radiator?

While there are many important parts to your vehicle, they do not get much more critical than the radiator. Just try driving very far on a hot day with a radiator that is on the fritz. Your engine is almost sure to overheat to the point that you can no longer drive. The car radiator acts as a cooling agent to keep the engine from reaching dangerously high temperatures that can cause damage to your engine. As such, it is essential to know what your car radiator is and how to maintain it properly. This is How a Car Radiator Works When coolant is added to a radiator, it effectively pushes through to the engine and helps absorb the heat. As you can imagine, a car engine can get really hot. This is particularly true when driving in the dead of summer. As the heat rises, the engine will rely on the coolant that passes through the radiator hoses to continue working correctly. You will notice several hoses attached to the radiator and engine. This is how the coolant flows properly from one ... read more

Here's To 2021

Here's To 2021

Here’s to 2021…And your car’s good health! It’s been said many times, many ways…2020 was rough! A lot of things were put off – either because of the fear of the virus spreading; because many wanted to control costs in an uncertain economic environment; or, as in your car’s circumstances, there was simply no need with the onset of remote officing and the decline of daily commuting. But, it’s now time to resolve to make the changes that will allow us to all move on.  One of those changes that can help lower your stress level, and keep those surprise expenses down in the new year, is to get your car’s maintenance up-to-manufacturer’s standards.    This attention to routine maintenance coupled with an automobile “check up” is what helps ... read more

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

To understand how a head gasket starts leaking, it is important to know the exact function of a head gasket in an engine. Purpose of a Head Gasket in an Engine The head gasket is a crucial part located between the cylinder head and engine block. Its primary purpose is to seal the combustion cylinders to allow maximal gas compression. Furthermore, it also acts as a barrier to prevent the mixing or leaking of engine fluids such as oil, coolant, or water. What causes a Head Gasket Leak? Since the head gasket is situated in an area of temperature extremes and functions under extreme stress, heat, and compression, it develops cracks and eventually causes leaks. Leaking of oil or coolant into the combustion cylinder is hazardous and results in an overheated engine, fire, explosions, and extensive damage to other vehicle systems. In the case of excess overheating, the head gasket can also blow. Subaru Head Gasket failure u ... read more

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

Shock absorbers are an integral component of your car in Lakewood, CO, Arvada, CO & Westminster, CO. They are responsible for ensuring that the tires remain in contact with the ground at all times. Shock absorbers also help with controlling the movement of the springs and the entire suspension. Below are some things that you should know about shock absorbers. What are Shock Absorbers? Shock absorbers are hydraulic pump-like devices whose primary function is to regulate the rebound movements of a car's suspension and springs. In addition to smoothening out vibrations and bumps, shock absorbers also keep the tires in firm contact with the ground to ensure safe control and breaking. How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last? Shock absorbers do not have a set expiration mileage or date. Their longevity depends on factors such as the number of miles that a car has covered, the conditions of the roads on which it is driven, and whether it is driven carefully or recklessly ... read more

Too Tired to Learn About Tires?

Too Tired to Learn About Tires?

Here’s some Snow Safe Advise If you’re like me, a tire is a tire is a tire.  They are black.  They are round.  They have grooves in them. Period. But Trent Pickering of Pickering’s Auto Service in Lakewood, CO – Arvada, CO – Westminster, CO says there’s much more to this very essential piece of safety equipment for your car. “The first thing to think about is this; do you really need snow tires?  If you live in Colorado, I would tell you quite possibly “yes”.  If you travel to the mountains from mid-Fall until late Spring, I’d most likely say “YES, YOU ABSOLUTLEY DO!” “At least an all season tire that is rated for M+S (Mud and Snow).” Ironically, “all-season” does not hold true in the extreme climate areas unless they are rated with M+S. “There’s a difference between all-season tires, all-season tires with M+S rating, and snow or winter tires. All-sea ... read more

Things to keep in mind when planning a winter road trip

Things to keep in mind when planning a winter road trip

Taking a road trip during the winter months can yield some beautiful views. Seeing snowy mountain peaks and making snow angels is definitely worth the fun. Plus, it’s always nice to get some fresh air and spend time with the people that you love.  Planning a road trip in the winter, however, can definitely be a lot different than your typical year-round road trip. There are many things you have to consider and prepare for, especially if you are not confident or experienced driving in snowy or winter weather conditions. Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to planning a winter road trip:  Check the weather along your route ahead of time, at least a few days before. That way, you’ll be able to understand the road conditions. If you’ll be driving in snow, you’ll need to be prepared. An all-wheel-drive or a 4 wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended. You also may need to carry tire chains with you, just in case.&nbs ... read more

WARNINGS about WARRANTIES

WARNINGS about WARRANTIES

Right now there’s a lot of promotions out there for automobile warranties.  There are offers for extended warranties.  There are warranties to cover used car repairs.  There’s protection for items that aren’t covered under warranty.  And, as with most “small print”, there’s a big learning curve when it comes to warranty work for your vehicle.   Let’s get this out of the way right up front: Many may still think that you have to take your car, truck or SUV back to the original dealer to have needed maintenance and service work performed for it to be covered.  This is simply NOT the truth!   As a consumer, it’s your right to look for the best shop that fits your needs including price and/or a deal with people that YOU TRUST.  It’s truly a “buyer beware” market.   Take for example, used cars.  There are a number of states that restrict a car from being sold “as is ... read more

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Your vehicle's brake system is an integral part of how your vehicle operates. It is important for safety especially, making sure that you are able to slow down to stop when you need to. While brake issues may not occur for you very often, you should be aware of how often your car's brake pads should be replaced in order to keep safe on the road.  Brake pads are the component within the brake system that gently stops your vehicle's tires from rotating when you press down on the brake pedal. The brakes pads will press against the rotor in order to slow or stop the wheels. Since the brake pads undergo a high amount of heat, usage, and pressure, they tend to wear down over time. When you have worn brake pads, metal to metal contact can occur which can lead to a decrease in brake efficiency and other brake part damage.  Good quality brake pads can last anywhere between 30,000 and 60,000 miles, however other factors such as how often you drive your car and your indivi ... read more

It’s all in the Details – Part 2

It’s all in the Details – Part 2

It’s all in the Details – Part 2 Interior detailing – Do it like a pro! So your car‘s systems are all running well (or if they aren’t, you’ve made an appointment at Pickering’s Auto Service).  You’ve detailed the outside of your vehicle when you read last month’s blog…now it’s time for the inside. Whether you’re trying to get that “just new” feeling back, or getting ready to take advantage of model year-end clearances, here are a few pro tips on how to detail the interior of your auto. Pet Hair Pick Up Use static electricity to your advantage.  Put on a pair of cheap latex gloves and wet them slightly. Run them, against the grain, over the carpets and seats in your vehicle.  The static buildup will cause the hair to come to the surface for easy removal. Manual Beats Chemical ... read more

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