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Yearly Archives: 2021

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

What to Expect from your Inspection

What to Expect from your Inspection

Vehicle inspections are very much like the physical your doctor recommends you get annually.  The thought process is also the same:  if you can catch the little problems before they turn into big problems, you’re much better off.   When thinking about your vehicle; this annual check up is like an “inspection”, and the items that are needed for a clean bill of health are the “maintenance.” Similarly, when a sudden illness occurs, you call your doctor for an appointment to fix the problem.  Consider this “fix” as a “repair”. Proper auto maintenance is very much like your own health and wellness. It is as simple as following the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for service and making needed repairs as - or even BEFORE - they become necessary. We spoke with Trent Pickering of ... read more

How to Inspect Your Car’s Oil

How to Inspect Your Car’s Oil

  Just like we live off of food and water to survive, your vehicle needs to be replenished with oil in order to run smoothly and efficiently. It keeps your engine parts lubricated, reduces wear and tear, and ultimately minimizes the heat within your vehicle. Periodically checking your oil is just as important as the oil change itself. You should check how much you have left during the process and if your oil contains any contaminants.   Your oil shouldn't "go anywhere" as if it is low, it is either leaking externally, internally, or being burned. Some newer vehicles, like some newer Subaru models, have technical service bulletins (TSB's) from the manufacturer stating that there is a normal amount of oil that the vehicle will "consume" or burn at a specific mileage interval. An example would be 1 qt of oil burned every 1,000 miles driven. If the vehicle holds 6 qts of oil, and the manufacturer knows that it burns 1 qt every 1,000 miles, and they ... read more

Spring is in the Air…

Spring is in the Air…

Spring is in the Air… (…and pot holes are in the ground!) You know what they say, “Spring is in the air, a time when a young man’s thoughts turn to….FIXING WINTER DRIVING DAMAGE!” Whether last winter’s slippery roads caused you to need an alignment, or your needs are more in line with body or mechanical repairs, the time to do it is NOW before you hit the road for warm weather activities. Here is a spring check list on things to think about that could affect your vehicle’s reliability when the summer driving season arrives: Check Your Fluids Although we advise that you have your fluids checked throughout the year, spring is a good time to make sure everything is topped off and your car’s fluids don’t need replaced.   And, we’re not just talking about ... read more

What to Look for During a Pre-purchase Vehicle Inspection

What to Look for During a Pre-purchase Vehicle Inspection

Getting ready to purchase a used vehicle is an exciting occasion. At the same time, this is a big investment so you want to make sure that you get it right. You do not want to just show up at the dealership or private seller, fall in love with a vehicle, and then drive it home. There are some things that you should be doing ahead of time to prepare for the occasion. This is how you will get the maximum value out of the vehicle and end up with a car that you truly enjoy. Do Your Homework The first thing you should do before heading out the door to look at vehicles is to conduct your own research. Decide what you want out of a vehicle. Make a list of the amenities that are most important to you. It is important to know what makes and models appeal to you most and how much you can afford to pay. Knowing all of this ahead of time will allow you to avoid getting into a vehicle that you really do not need or want. If you have specific questions about longevity of certain vehicles or common ... read more

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 - Electronic Control Unit or Computer), 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 if and when they occur. Below are the most common symptoms of bad fuel injectors. Check Engine Light Illuminates Solid or Flashes One of the engine issues that can cause the check engine light to come on or flash is a dirty or malfunctioning fuel injector. This lig ... 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

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