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Yearly Archives: 2021

AIR CONDITIONING, It’s Not Just for Summer!

AIR CONDITIONING, It’s Not Just for Summer!

Your car’s air conditioning system does more than just cool the interior of your vehicle in the warm summer months. Did you know that you use your air conditioning to dehumidify your car in the winter to clear up fogged windows quickly?  It’s vital to keep both your heater AND your AC in top condition throughout the entire year. So now it may make sense why, when you turn on your defrost, your AC comes on! But, contrary to what many think, the AC and the heating systems in your car are not run by the same system.  Known as HVAC  - heating, ventilation and air conditioning – the AC uses a refrigerant (makes sense) and the heater uses coolant (wait…what?!) Here’s where things get confusing.  Trent Pickering of Pickering’s Auto Service in Lakewood and Arvada Colorado states, “Your heater works with your car’s coolant, thermostat, radiator and the wate ... read more

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The Bad Consequences of a Dirty Cabin Filter

The Bad Consequences of a Dirty Cabin Filter

Though a cabin air filter doesn't directly impact your vehicle's engine performance, it doesn't give any driver the excuse to put it off. Switching your cabin air filter is just as crucial of service as getting an oil change or wheel alignment. It is a fundamental part of regular vehicle maintenance, and ignoring a dirty air filter can lead to other negative consequences.  Negative Effects of Dirty Cabin Air Filter Personal Health - A fresh cabin air filter is necessary to keep the air inside your vehicle clean. An air filter that is dirty or clogged won't be able to separate these contaminants, causing difficulties for people who suffer from allergies or breathing problems. Also, a new air filter can filter out pollutants that can make you sick.  Restrict HVAC System - A cabin air filter left bad for too long will make your car's HVAC system work harder than it has to, which can cause ... read more

Just Ignore It?

Just Ignore It?

When you own a car, you have signed on for some responsibilities. And while you didn’t actually have to sign a contract that guarantees you will do everything that needs to be done to keep your car running smoothly – and safely – you know that you should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for a “healthy” vehicle. We’re talking more than just the usual oil and filter changes here!  Just like a child, spouse or pet, that once-trusty vehicle can give you problems if you choose to ignore certain signs. To be a good auto owner and continue to have a reliable ride, you need to use common sense…and your senses.  Don’t ignore the sights, sounds, feel and even smells that don’t seem right or “normal” when you’re driving. Here are the top ... read more

Hazardous Situations That Require a Tow

Hazardous Situations That Require a Tow

At Pickering's Auto Service, we always emphasize the importance of preventative maintenance. While some car problems can be preventable, the unthinkable can still happen on the road, and you may require a tow. With the assistance of a tow truck, you can prevent further damage to your car trying to drive with a persistent problem. Here are the circumstances that may require a tow truck to come for the rescue: Flat A flat tire is one of the most common problems that will require a tow. Depending on the damages, it can only drive at a certain distance. The safest bet is to pull over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. If you know how to change out a flat with your donut (spare tire), then that can get you to the repair shop. If you don't have a spare available or know how to change your tire, you'll want to call ... read more

It’s Time to UP your Gas Mileage

It’s Time to UP your Gas Mileage

With the price of everything going up, now more than ever you need to do things to help conserve your money…and your time is valuable, as well!   One way to save both is to find ways to up the miles per gallon you get on a tank of gas.  You may wonder, “How can I increase my miles per gallon in Denver, CO?” Maintaining your car’s gas mileage to its full potential not only saves you money and time…it also promotes a longer life for your vehicle, safer driving and preservation of your car’s resale value.   There are only 2 things that are keeping you from maximizing your gas mileage -   how your drive and how you maintain your car. Below are easy-to-do tips to help you get better gas mileage:     Take it easy. Pushing down hard on the gas pedal has a negative impact on your fuel consumption.  It causes the engine to work harder – meaning more gas is burned.   The constant ... read more

5 Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips

5 Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips

It's officially September, which means fall is here. As you may know, seasonal changes can affect your vehicle in many different ways. As a result, it's necessary to prepare for autumn's cool air by performing essential maintenance tasks. Bring your vehicle to Pickering's Auto Service so our Master ASE Certified Technicians can inspect your vehicle's critical components and identify any inherent issues before they become serious ones. Below are five key tips to keep your vehicle in top shape throughout the fall (and upcoming winter).   Tip #1: Inspect brake pads.  It's no surprise that your brakes are critical to your safety; without them, your vehicle will not be able to slow down to a stop. Your brakes should be a top priority on your maintenance list. If the brake pads have less than 3 millimeters of area left, it's time to have them ... read more

When Do I Need an Oil Change | Oil Change Denver | Pickering’s Auto Service

When Do I Need an Oil Change | Oil Change Denver | Pickering’s Auto Service

  When Do I Need an Oil Change? WHY IT'S JUST BETTER TO GET THAT OIL CHANGE DONE! Although a lot of you out there try to “push the limits” for your oil change intervals, there are some good reasons why you may not want to wait.  Depending on the vehicle and oil that’s used consistently, the time between oil changes could range anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 miles most generally, according to the owner’s manual. Your driving environment also plays a role in how long you can wait for your next oil and filter service; road dust and dirt could mean you need changes sooner. Having said this, at Pickering’s Auto Service, we recommend servicing your vehicle based off the 3,000 miles for standard oil and 5,000 miles on synthetic. Now, if you go 1,000 miles over, will that make your vehicle brake down tomorrow? No, most likely not. However, it is important to know that on many newer vehicles that take full synthetic oil, many ... read more

Beginner's Guide: How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Beginner's Guide: How to Check Your Tire Pressure

The industry recommends that all motorists check their tires once a month, but it's better to do it more often than not. Having an inaccurate tire pressure can lead to irregular tire tread wear, ultimately lowering your gas mileage and affecting your vehicle's handling. It can also result in having to replace your tires prematurely. Don't worry, though, because Pickering's Auto Service has got you covered. Here's our beginner's guide to fulfilling your tire pressure checking routine.   How to Look For the Tire Pressure Requirements for Your Vehicle Before you bring out any instruments, you need to know how much air your tires need. Tire pressure is scaled in units of psi or pounds per square inch. You should find a sticker that shows the recommended tire pressure on the driver's side door or door frame. If you struggle to find the sticker, you can look for the information in the owner's manual or onli ... read more

Tires and Towing

Tires and Towing

Tires have a lot of different responsibilities.  In the snow, they need tread for traction.  In the rain, the tire pattern can help direct water off of the road surface for better control.  And, if you’re using your vehicle to tow a camper, the tire pressure and load capacity affects safe handling, especially at highway speeds. How do you know that your tires are ready for towing your RV for your next camping trip?   Here’s a little tire lesson that will help you rest assured and may even explain some things you didn’t know. Auto manufacturers are very good at pairing tires and vehicles. So if you keep your tire pressure at the recommended psi and keep all loads within the towing specifications you find in your Owner’s Manual, you’re all set. But if you have changed your tires to another tire size or you need new tires before you head out, you nay need to go through some calcula ... read more

6 Car Scents You Should Not Ignore

6 Car Scents You Should Not Ignore

You can't always accuse a bad smell for something outside of your car - sometimes that smell you're detecting is your vehicle trying to tell you something is wrong! Did you know that the different scents your vehicle gives off can help you identify what the problem could be? Some causes for specific smells are less urgent than others, but there is only one way to be sure. Whenever you catch an exotic odor in your automobile, you should bring it to an auto mechanic to get an accurate diagnosis. Here is a list of some of the most common scents and what they might mean:   Maple Syrup: If your car smells like pancakes or waffles (a sweet smell), it could very well be many things including the smell of coolant. A leak from your radiator, cylinder head, or manifold gasket can be the culprit. On the other hand, if the aroma is potent and in the cabin, it could be a ... read more

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