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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Is My Car Battery Dead or is My Alternator Bad?

Is My Car Battery Dead or is My Alternator Bad?

Getting into your car and turning the key only to find that your car won't start is never a pleasant experience in Lakewood, CO. While most car owners will automatically think that the battery is dead, sometimes it can be an issue with the alternator or other starting and charging system components. Let's take a look at how you can better understand what the issue is and what to do next.  The battery is responsible for giving that initial charge to the starting system which helps to get your engine running when you turn the key in the ignition (or push to start). Once your vehicle is actually running, the alternator is the component that helps recharge the battery as you drive. This helps to power your vehicle's electrical system and keeps your vehicle running.  A car battery typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 5 years, so if you have an old battery in your car, it may be that your battery finally lost all of its juice. It could be that it just can't hold a c ... read more

Driving in the Heat

Driving in the Heat

Baby it’s HOT outside! Summer heat can be tough on you…and your vehicle.  While most drivers would probably think that winter cold is the worst season to travel in, read on for information on how summer driving can affect a car, truck or van. The first thing most drivers probably think and worry about is overheating on the road. Randy Pickering, founder of Pickering’s Auto Service in Lakewood and Arvada tells us, “It’s not just the outside temperature that can cause overheating. Restricted air flow and low coolant levels - or even a small cooling system leak – can cause your engine to overheat.  A bad water pump or thermostat can do the same.  It’s always a good idea to have your auto service center do an inspection before you head out on a long trip.” Before you start out, make sure that there’s enough coolant or antifreeze in the engine. (Yes, antiFREEZE!.  Antifreeze not only keeps your car running right i ... read more

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