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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

It's all in the Details - Part 1

It's all in the Details - Part 1

Detailing VS Washing your car – Do it like a pro! It’s no secret that maintaining your car’s engine is essential to protecting its reliability and value. Pickering’s Auto Service in Lakewood and Arvada have been telling you that for years. The same holds true for the rest of your vehicle. Keeping up on cleaning and repairs to the exterior of your vehicle will allow you to have an “ALMOST just like new” feeling and the pride of ownership that we all enjoy.  Now don’t be mistaken. Pickering’s DOES NOT perform detailing on cars. Nor do they do paint or body work. But they ARE interested in helping you keep your car’s value as high as possible, and that is why this blog is being posted. You can scheduling appointments for mechanical work on their website. Detailing differs from mere washing in that detailing offers a top-to-bottom cleaning using specialized tools and prod ... read more

Prepare Your Vehicle for the Fall Season

Prepare Your Vehicle for the Fall Season

It's finally the fall season, and slowly we are embracing the seasonal changes as they come. The leaves will soon be turning colors, the weather will be cooling down, and we may see a few rain showers in the near future. With the changing tides, it becomes important to look at your vehicle's maintenance and how you can best prepare your vehicle for the new time of year.  Each season represents a weather change, and the fall can present new challenges when it comes to driving. Most importantly, the wet roads can make it more difficult to drive, so preparing your vehicle as best you can for the fall season will ensure your safety and help you maintain a reliable vehicle.  So, what are some maintenance items that will help you get your car ready for the fall season? Here are some of our top recommendations:  Tires Good quality tires are essential to driving in the rain. Your tires need good trea ... read more

What Does My Car's Cooling System Do?

What Does My Car's Cooling System Do?

If your vehicle is constantly overheating or you are experiencing other engine problems, there may be a problem with the cooling system. The cooling system helps to circulate lubricant to keep engine parts cool and regulated. As you drive your vehicle, the engine emits a large amount of heat. In order to regulate the temperature of the engine, the cooling system distributes lubricant to coat the engine and protect vital components. If the cooling system isn’t working properly, the engine is exposed to an extensive amount of heat, resulting in engine overheating, corrosion, and damage to critical components. This damage can lead to expensive engine repairs that can otherwise be avoided with regular inspections of your vehicle’s cooling system and engine.  Catching an issue early on with the cooling system can help you save time and money on expensive engine repairs. Some symptoms of a failing cooling system include the engine running rough and constantly overheat ... read more

Tough Times

Tough Times

It’s no secret that we’ve had a rough time lately.  Jobs have disappeared.  Savings are being depleted.  Life is uncertain.   If you’re looking for ways to cut costs, you might have considered doing your own car maintenance or have even avoided having needed maintenance done.   Remember what your mom said, “just because you can, doesn’t necessarily mean you should!”  Here’s a short list of what you can easily do to keep your car running well, and other things that you might want to leave to the professionals (but we’ll still tell you how to save money on those!)   DIY MAINTENANCE   Every month you should clean the inside and outside of your vehicle.  Dirt and grime builds up. Food left in the car is an open invitation for all types of animals to try and get in (from mice to bears!) Outside grime can damage your car’s finish and chrome. Bird droppings are particularly bad for the f ... read more

Is My Car Battery Dead or is My Alternator Bad?

Is My Car Battery Dead or is My Alternator Bad?

Getting into your car and turning the key only to find that your car won't start is never a pleasant experience in Lakewood, CO. While most car owners will automatically think that the battery is dead, sometimes it can be an issue with the alternator or other starting and charging system components. Let's take a look at how you can better understand what the issue is and what to do next.  The battery is responsible for giving that initial charge to the starting system which helps to get your engine running when you turn the key in the ignition (or push to start). Once your vehicle is actually running, the alternator is the component that helps recharge the battery as you drive. This helps to power your vehicle's electrical system and keeps your vehicle running.  A car battery typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 5 years, so if you have an old battery in your car, it may be that your battery finally lost all of its juice. It could be that it just can't hold a c ... read more

Driving in the Heat

Driving in the Heat

Baby it’s HOT outside! Summer heat can be tough on you…and your vehicle.  While most drivers would probably think that winter cold is the worst season to travel in, read on for information on how summer driving can affect a car, truck or van. The first thing most drivers probably think and worry about is overheating on the road. Randy Pickering, founder of Pickering’s Auto Service in Lakewood and Arvada tells us, “It’s not just the outside temperature that can cause overheating. Restricted air flow and low coolant levels - or even a small cooling system leak – can cause your engine to overheat.  A bad water pump or thermostat can do the same.  It’s always a good idea to have your auto service center do an inspection before you head out on a long trip.” Before you start out, make sure that there’s enough coolant or antifreeze in the engine. (Yes, antiFREEZE!.  Antifreeze not only keeps your car running right i ... read more

When Should I Get My Car A/C Serviced?

When Should I Get My Car A/C Serviced?

Summer is here, and whether or not you commute to work every day or are planning a nice little road trip to get away for a little while, having working air conditioning can mean the difference between comfort and an unbearable ride. Before you find yourself having to deal with driving in the intense heat without relief, you can always ensure that your car's A/C is working at its best. So, when does your A/C need to be serviced?  The air conditioning system in your vehicle is complex and has many different working parts including the compressor, blower motor, fan, condenser, evaporator, and more. Some of these parts tend to fail more than the others, and often times we find vehicles just need a recharge of refrigerant. That is why we invite you to have your A/C serviced here at Pickering's Auto Service as soon as you notice any of the following issues with your vehicle's A/C: Air doesn't blow out of vents when turned on (this could affect heat, too) Air ... read more

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