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Yearly Archives: 2021

What Are the Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

What Are the Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

Fuel injectors play a critical role in a vehicle. They control the amount and time that fuel goes into the combustion chamber during the power stroke, thus ensuring optimum combustion and efficiency. However, without proper maintenance, the fuel injectors may develop some problems such as; Developing Mechanical Issues Developing Electrical Issues (malfunctions when receiving commands from ECU), Clogging or Blockage Issues — due to accumulation of dirt and/or debris (*usually the most common injector problem) It's critical to be alert at the signs of bad injectors so that you act immediately they occur. Below are the most common symptoms of bad fuel injectors. Check Engine Light Flashes One of the engine issues that cause the check engine light to flash on the dashboard is a dirty fuel injector. This light indicates an issue within the fuel injection system. Either too much or too little fuel is going into the engine. The engine control unit (ECU) can detect any fluctuati ... read more

WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU…

WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU…

How many times have you heard this lately?  Those unsolicited phone calls attempting to talk to you about your car’s manufacturer’s warranty. Most of us have just hung up when we heard the recorded message…but then you experience a problem with your vehicle and might think to yourself, “Maybe I should have found out more!” Trent Pickering of Pickering’s Auto Service Centers of Lakewood, Colorado, Arvada, Colorado and Westminster, Colorado tells us, “These types of coverage policies kick in after your typical manufacturer’s warranty has expired.  But before you even consider it, you need to make sure that you need it!  We see customers who ask us about these calls, and come to find out that they are already covered.” When you purchased your car from a dealership, chances are when you went into the little room to talk about financing, you were probably asked if you wanted a vehicle service contract – AKA an ex ... read more

Stolen Catalytic Converters, why are they stolen and what can be done?

Stolen Catalytic Converters, why are they stolen and what can be done?

You wake up, get ready for work, grab your coffee and out the door. When you start your car there is a very loud exhaust noise! What the heck? You are likely one of the thousands of victims with a stolen catalytic converter. Now what? First, let’s explain what a catalytic converter is and what it does. The catalytic converter is a piece of equipment in the exhaust system responsible for cleaning harmful emissions from your engine before the air is vented into the atmosphere. It does not look fancy, just a large pipe in various shapes and sizes but it is what is inside that makes it valuable. Most catalytic converters are made up of a honeycomb brick of precious metals such as Palladium, Platinum and Rhodium. These metals are considered part of the platinum group metals and are rare therefore expensive. These metals are particularly good at cleaning carbon and other harmful emissions from the air as it passes through the catalyst brick. This cleans the air and helps keep our atmo ... read more

WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU…

WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU…

WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU… We’ve all gotten these phone calls recently…a LOT of calls…trying to get us to extend our expired auto warranties.  And while we’re not going to talk exactly about that subject here, getting a warranty and understanding the guarantee it provides on the auto repairs that you’ve had done IS a good idea. Choosing the right auto repair shop can be a daunting task. How do you know who has the most skilled technicians?  How can you tell who’s honest about what’s actually needed and what’s been done?  And what about a warranty on the work they provide? It can certainly be difficult to separate repair shops from one another, however, a good warranty can shed light on a shops abilities and ethics right from the start. The better the ... read more

The Importance of Tire Rotations

The Importance of Tire Rotations

Different vehicle maintenance routines are performed to uphold its functionality, efficiency, and performance. Regular tire rotation services are among numerous crucial checks to ensure that your car is running optimally. Modern tires have become so efficient and trouble-free, that drivers may, at times, ignore to have their tires checked for optimum vehicle functionality. What is Tire Rotation? Tire rotation involves shifting or swapping the position of car tires from one spot to another. A typical car tire rotation involves shifting the front tires to the rear part of the vehicle and vice versa. It might further involve changing one set of tires to the opposite side. The patterns vary, but it all depends on the recommendation of the vehicle manufacturer. The rotation pattern further depends on the type of vehicle you are using and whether the tires are directional or unidirectional. Importance of Car Tire Rotation Extending Tire Treads If tires are left to function in a similar ... read more

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

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