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Yearly Archives: 2020

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

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

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