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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

Keeping Your Vehicle Healthy

Keeping Your Vehicle Healthy

Stay Well We hear the phrases “stay well” and “stay safe” a lot these days.  It implies that we should take the steps necessary so that we remain healthy and able to do what we want – and need - to do in the future. The same can be said for your vehicle. Routine maintenance and preventative servicing can help keep your car or truck “healthy”, too! While we understand that you may not equate “healthy” as a term that can refer to your vehicle’s condition, after you read this we hope that you’ll think differently about how you handle your auto service and who you trust to fix what ails your car. Just as people need regularly scheduled care – like visits to your dentist every 6 months for cleanings; your general practitioner or eye care professional every year for an annual exam, etc. – your vehicle’s manufacturer has also set specific guidelines that should not be ignored. Just like you and I, c ... read more

Maintaining Your Car

Maintaining Your Car

JUST SITTING AROUND What you still need to do to maintain a car that’s not being driven Cars - like people - have a hard time just sitting around.  So it makes sense that in this new pandemic environment, where people aren’t out and about as much as they used to be, their cars are just hanging out getting unhealthy, too.   Like us, there are a few things that you need to do to be ready to roll when things get back to normal. Consider these points to keep your vehicle in good shape: 1. Clean out your car and store it without personal items and trash. Possessions could invite a break in. Trash, like food and beverages, can transfer strong smells, leak, etc. (Rodents are always looking for a meal - don’t make it easy on them!) Store your car with the windows up and the doors locked. 2. Protect the exterior. A good coat of wax, tire protector, etc.  A well-fitting auto cover can help protect your car from bumps, scrapes ... read more

What Causes My Steering to Pull to One Side?

What Causes My Steering to Pull to One Side?

Driving with a steering wheel that is pulling left or right can be tiring. You constantly have to put pressure on your steering wheel to prevent your vehicle from drifting left or right, and without constant concentration you may find yourself drifting into another lane. Plus, constantly pulling on your steering wheel can't be good for your vehicle's tires. If you find that your vehicle is fighting against you to drive straight, something isn't right.  If you find that your vehicle drifts or leads to one side while you are traveling straight, this is known as steering pull. The cause of this issue is usually due to uneven camber or caster side-to-side. This is usually caused by a component within the suspension system, such as a bent spindle or strut, collapsed arm bushing, weak springs, and more. In order to fix the issue in this instance, our mechanics will identify the suspension system causing issue and replace that component or readjusting the camber or caster to ... read more

Wheel Alignment vs. Wheel Balancing

Wheel Balancing vs. Wheel Alignment: What's the Difference? Wheel balancing and wheel alignment are two entirely different but related concepts and services. Some vehicle owners take them to mean the same because they both aid in the long-term health of a vehicle’s tires. However, it’s important to differentiate the two, as mixing them up could lead to unnecessary and expensive repairs.  Let’s take a closer look at each process and learn the benefits they provide to your vehicle. Wheel Balancing Wheel balancing involves the equal distribution of weight around the wheel and the even rotation of the tires. The process requires adding small balancing weights to the rim which counter any weight inconsistencies. A vehicle with improperly balanced wheels generates a vibration through the steering wheel when driving above a certain speed. As such, it causes considerable discomfort over time. Moreover, balance issues can lead ... read more

Wheel Alignment is About Tire Preservation

In Many Cases, Wheel Alignment is About Preserving Your Tires Car owners get wheel alignments because their wheels aren’t pointing in the right direction anymore. This is what bad roads do to cars, and it can have serious consequences knowing what it does to your steering. But for most drivers who don’t go through potholes on a daily basis, wheel alignment is about preserving your tires.   Just as wheel alignment affects how well you can drive, it can play a part in how long your tires last. They should be pointing in the right direction, or else the tires will shred too much rubber too fast. If your tires are thinning out for no reason at all, it may be worth looking at a wheel alignment.   Pay Attention to Your Tires   Unfortunately, you can’t rely on your car’s check systems to monitor your wheel alignment or how much tread the wheels have left. Regular checkups are still your best defense against drivi ... read more

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