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Yearly Archives: 2022

What is an Oil Pan Gasket?

What is an Oil Pan Gasket?

  Unless you are a mechanic or someone who works on your vehicle often, you probably don't know what is an oil gasket. The oil pan gasket is a small but important component in the functioning of your vehicle's engine. Located between the oil pan and the engine block, this seal prevents oil from leaking out of the pan and keeps dirt and debris from entering the pan. Read on below to see the different types of oil gaskets and some of the symptoms you should watch out for. Types of oil gaskets Oil pan gasket As mentioned above, this gasket is located between the oil pan and the engine block and is responsible for preventing oil from leaking out of the pan and keeping dirt and debris from entering the pan. Oil filter adapter gasket This gasket is located between the oil filter adapter and the engine block, and it seals the connection between the two to prevent oil from leaking out ... read more

A Winter Affair… Your Car’s Opinion on Loving or Leaving Rust and Corrosion

A Winter Affair… Your Car’s Opinion on Loving or Leaving Rust and Corrosion

A Winter Affair…Your Car’s Opinion on Loving or Leaving Rust and Corrosion     If you live in Colorado, or any other mag chloride-loving state, you probably already know that this chemical improves traction and can replace sand and gravel on icy and snowy roadways.  Magnesium chloride helps to bind the fine dirt particles that are present on all streets and highways, to create a hard, stable surface. This, in turn, helps your vehicle’s traction. Mag chloride is not only a road de-icer, it can also be used to control dust and lessen erosion.  This can contribute to less potholes and expensive road maintenance…and that’s another plus for auto owners! Sounds good, so far…but what does it do TO your car? First, you need to know that rust and corrosion are not the same.  Rust is a type of corrosion. Rust is the oxidation of the iron found in metals.  Corrosion can occur on both metal ... read more

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Maintenance

How to Extend the Wear on Your Windshield Wipers

How to Extend the Wear on Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wiper blades are a no-fuss part of our vehicles. To a certain extent, they don’t require constant maintenance. It’s simple – you just replace them when they are no longer able to clear off your windshield. On average, you should replace them every 6-12 months. To extend their life, you should follow these best practices when it comes to windshield wipers: Clean them - You can easily clean the wipers with a wet cloth and rubbing alcohol. Go along the edges as dirt and grime can build up there over time. To keep your wipers in great condition, you should do this once a month or whenever you wash your car. Keep the windshield clean - When you are wiping the wipers down, don’t forget about the windshield too. A filthy surface can cause larger particles to cling onto the wipers. Run the defrosters first - During the winter, wipers tend to freeze. To avoid breakage, you should defrost your windscreen first before clearing it off with the wipers. Park o ... read more

Being Grateful for Your Everyday Routine

Being Grateful for Your Everyday Routine

It’s that time of year when we start adding up our blessings and pay more attention to what is really important. Our Health. Our Family. Our Friends. But how many of us, when we sit around the table this year, will voice our appreciation of our cars?  When you consider all that you demand and expect out of your vehicle on a day in and day out basis, you just might want to add them to the list. When you are truly grateful for something, you take care of it (as an independent auto service facility you can see where we are going with this!)  And, when you take care of something, it becomes more valuable to you…and others, too. Over the last couple of years, a lot of us have really worked hard to keep our cars maintained because the chance of getting a new car – or even a good used car – was not an option with the high demand, the uncertain financial picture and the those dismal supply ... read more

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

You are listening to your favorite radio station while driving down the highway with the AC blasting in your face. All of a sudden, you realize that traffic has completely slowed down. When you press the brake pedal, you may experience vibrations from the brake pedal or, worse, the steering wheel. You grip the steering wheel tightly as you come to a stop. You've just felt brake judder, also referred to as brake shudder. When the brakes are applied quickly, a vibration is felt through the steering wheel, brake pedal, and suspension. This is known as brake shudder. The vibrations can be gentle or strong. A multitude of things, such as warped rotors, broken calipers, or new brake pads that have not been properly broken in after replacement, might result in brake shudder. You can tell if the front or rear brakes are responsible for the shudder by where it first manifests. Front rotor problems are frequently the cause of vibrations in the steering wheel, whereas rear rotor problems res ... read more

Cold Weather Car Care

Cold Weather Car Care

Pumpkin Spice…and Everything Else Autumn Brings We have all noticed the seasonal shift recently.  It’s cooler and darker in the mornings.  The leaves are changing colors. The Colorado high country has already experienced snow in the upper elevations.  Even the animals and insects know that it’s time to start preparing for winter! Fall is a very busy time of year.  Your wardrobe needs a winter update.  Your house needs winterized.  Your yard and garden need special attention.  And, don’t forget that your car needs some special FTLC (Fall Tender Loving Care), as well! Trent Pickering of Pickering Auto Service with two locations in the Denver metro area tells us, “We can help you with a lot of your auto’s seasonal chores.  We can run a check on your battery to see that it has enough cranking power to start on those really cold days. We can change o ... read more

Emissions and Catalytic Converters

Emissions and Catalytic Converters

You have probably heard a lot about catalytic converter thefts lately.  And, if you’re like many, you may be thinking, “What is a catalytic converter anyway?” Simply put, a catalytic converter is an emission control devise that turns pollutants from your vehicle’s exhaust into harmless gas.  What makes them a target of thieves is that they are made out of metals like platinum and palladium; precious metals that have a high resale value. All vehicles manufactured after 1974 should have a catalytic converter. That’s a lot of cars for thieves to choose from! The list of automobiles that are most targeted for this type of theft include: Ford F-150 (1985-2021 models) Ford F-250 (1985-2021 models) Honda Accord (1989-2020 models) Chevrolet Equinox (2005-2001 models) Jeep Patriot (2007-2017 models) Honda CR-V (1997-2020 models) Toyota Camry (1987-2019 models) Chevrolet Silverado trucks ( ... read more

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

Regular vehicle maintenance is mandatory if you want to keep your car's functioning capacity on optimum at all times. Driving a smooth functioning vehicle guarantees your safety and that of your passengers'. In this article, we shall discuss a list of useful tips on the right vehicle maintenance schedule you should follow. The Wear and Tear is Inevitable It is important to point out that the mechanisms of driving result in the constant wearing and tearing of the car parts – some sections more than others. As such, it is crucial that you stay prepared for continual checks and maintenance services for your car. Tires, Oil, Fluids, light, windshield wipers, engine air filters are among the most crucial parts that need regular maintenance. Tires - Inspecting your vehicles' tire pressure involves a ser ... read more

Can You Drive with a Failing Thermostat?

Can You Drive with a Failing Thermostat?

The thermostat plays a key role in maintaining the engine’s temperature. It is a cooling system component that may get worn over time. An old or failing thermostat often gets stuck open or close, which can lead to an array of problems. And in most cases, you should not continue to drive with a broken thermostat.   When the thermostat is stuck open, it lets coolant flow continuously through the engine. When the thermostat is stuck closed, your engine will not receive enough coolant to keep it at an optimal temperature. When the thermostat is functioning, it should open and close at the right time to make sure engine temperatures are always stable. Below are some of the warning symptoms a broken thermostat may display.  Cold Air Blowing Through Heater - If the thermostat is stuck open, the temperature in the engine will drop. The temperature gauge may read as cold even after driving. Therefore, the HVA ... read more

If we could only keep them young and SAFE

If we could only keep them young and SAFE

Tips for Teen Drivers Young drivers get into accidents often because of their inexperience. This fact is especially worrisome with back-to-school right around the corner.  Whether you have a first-time solo, 16-year-old driver or a college bound young adult, there are some things you can do to keep them safer on the road. Though there is more to a young driving’s increased risk of a collision than just logging hours behind the wheel Distractions from mobile phone calls and texts have certainly been in the spotlight recently. Friends who “ride along” can cause driving interference that can also lend to unnecessary automobile accidents.  Combine this with an increase in night driving and driving while experiencing study and activity exhaust, and you can see why as a parent or guardian, there is a very just reason for increased worry. But you may be surprised to learn that it’s not the young adult age group that logs the most ... read more

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