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Do I really need to replace my timing belt?

Do I really need to replace my timing belt?

Yes, you should replace your timing belt, but know when and why and choose a good repair shop to perform the work. There are many places that you can look up to see whether you vehicle has a timing belt or a timing chain. Call your repair shop and they can look up your specific vehicle and they should be able tell you whether you have a timing belt and when it should be replaced based on mileage and/or time. When and why should I replace my timing belt? Unfortunately, in most cases, there are no obvious signs the timing belt is near its end of life; it can break, lose teeth or jump its timing. That’s why highly rated auto mechanics recommend replacing it every 60,000 to 105,000 miles based on the vehicle’s factory recommended maintenance schedule, your individual driving habits and conditions as well as time before the belt breaks or has a catastrophic failure. “More vehicles have timing belts and their owners have ... read more

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Auto Air Conditioning Repair – 4 things you can check yourself

Auto Air Conditioning Repair – 4 things you can check yourself

Why is my car blowing hot air? It worked last year, so what went wrong? Here are a few things that you can check to see if you are in need of an auto air conditioning repair. Auto Air Conditioning Repair Checklist 1) Make sure the blower works on all speeds. 2) Does the air duct deliver air on all modes. Defrost, Vent (face) and Floor. 3) Check the temperature that comes out of the vent. It should 38-40 degrees while driving or 30 degrees below the ambient temperature outside. 4) Can you hear the air compressor engaging on and off? If it is cycling (going on and off rapidly), most likely there is not the appropriate refrigerant to allow the compressor to work properly. Most repair facilities use a UV dye that gets injected into the system so that leaks can be detected with UV glasses and a black light. If you have had it serviced within the last year and it has dye in the system you can take it to a repair facility and have it inspected for leaks. All of ... read more

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Free Automotive Maintenance for Families in Need

Free Automotive Maintenance for Families in Need

Haglin Automotive is excited to announce our first Family Service Day event on Saturday, May 10th from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. Family Service Day is our way of sharing our talents with those in our community who need help. Our car care team will be offering FREE automotive maintenance to single parent families through our nonprofit partners, Safehouse Alliance and Boulder County Circles. Guests will receive a range of free automotive maintenance including: oil changes tire rotation fluids top off 31 point inspection Haglin Automotive is one of five TECH-NET shops in the greater Boulder area holding Family Service Day events on May 10th. Our goal is to service 120 vehicles on May 10th. Stop by our shop and see what Family Service Day is all about. In addition to our Family Service Day, we will be co ... read more

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Mercedes Benz Sprinter Repair

Mercedes Benz Sprinter Repair

Haglin Automotive is excited to announce that we now offer Mercedes Benz Sprinter repair services! Paul is a Mercedes Benz Master certified Sprinter Technician. This allows you the quality of service you expect from a high-end automobile mechanic without the cost that is usually associated with taking your Sprinter to a Mercedes dealership. We can perform same day service in most cases. Sprinter fleet services are also available. Google

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Daylight Savings Time is March 10th – reset the clock in your car!

Daylight Savings Time is March 10th – reset the clock in your car!

It’s “time” to reset the clocks in your car again. Get ready for more daylight! Soon you will no longer be driving to work in the dark, thanks to Daylight Savings Time which begins at 2:00am on Sunday, March 10th 2013. To ensure you are not late to work on Monday, it would be wise to set the clock ahead one hour on your vehicle’s display. If you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by Haglin Automotive. We’ll reset your car’s clock for free

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Snow is here – save your wiper blades!

Snow is here – save your wiper blades!

Snow is great for hitting the slopes, but it’s not always fun to clear the white stuff off your car before you head off to work. With snowy conditions, ice can accumulate on your windshield. And if you are in a hurry you may decide to use your windshield wipers instead of your ice scraper. Although it is much more appealing to sit inside your vehicle as it warms up instead of standing outside chipping away at your frozen windshield, do not use your wiper blades to scrape off the window! Doing so can damage the motor, bend the arms or even rip off the blades altogether. Remember, they are called windshield “wiper” blades not “scraper” blades. If snow and ice are in the forecast, extend your wiper blades up off of the windshield, sitting straight up in the air. When you start your car, allow the windshield to defrost before using your wipers, or get a good ice scraper and scrape away so the blades can work smoothly over the windshield

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Safety for Teenage Drivers

Safety for Teenage Drivers

Teenagers seem to think they know everything, but they could use some guidance when it comes to winter driving. When it does finally snow, take your teen driver out on the road – on a quiet street or in a parking lot away from other traffic – to practice driving safely in winter road conditions. Show them what it is like when the vehicle slides on an icy road and how to re-gain control if your vehicle fish tails. Practicing what to do if something goes wrong, before your child encounters these conditions, will help them be prepared if and when they are faced with icy roads or blizzard-like conditions. It’s always a good idea to store in your vehicle the following items in case you find yourself stranded on the side of the road in the snow or if you happen to run out of gas: Blanket Hat and Gloves Hand or Feet Warmers Water Spare Jacket Socks and an extra pair of boots or good walking shoes

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Daylight Savings Time – Reset Your Vehicle’s Clock!

Daylight Savings Time – Reset Your Vehicle’s Clock!

With the days getting shorter, there is less daylight which means we need to adjust to driving in the dark more often. Depending on your work schedule, you may now find yourself driving to work in the dark, and again on your way home. As a precaution, check that your turn signals, hazard lights, dome lights, taillights and headlights are in proper working condition. Anything that needs attention should be replaced before you head out on the road. You may find that your headlights seem dim. Over time the lenses can become hazy. Have your auto mechanic shine up the lenses so you have a stronger, clear beam of light to guide you on your way through the sleet and snow! Daylight Savings Time is Sunday, November 4th 2012 @ 2:00am. It is that time of year again and in 1 month we will be setting our clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night November 3rd before we go to sleep. While I am excited for the extra hour I get to sleep that day, I hate that I have to reset all those clocks ... read more

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Check Out Your Tires

Check Out Your Tires

If you’ve been putting off purchasing that new set of tires, now would be the best time to get a new set of wheels! Prior to the winter months, it is imperative that you have your tires checked for any signs of wear. Worn out tires or uneven tread wear can inhibit you vehicle’s ability to adjust to snowy or icy roads. A tire inspection from your auto mechanic will confirm that your car is ready to take on winter driving conditions. Your car may not need a brand new set of tires, however there are some adjustments that will ensure your safety on the road ahead. Have your auto repair shop check tread depth, tire pressure and tire alignment. Call Haglin Automotive to schedule your check-up today

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Fall Car Care Tips

Fall Car Care Tips

As the leaves begin to turn, you may feel the urge to head for the mountains for a last minute glance at the beautiful scenery. Before you pile everyone into the family car, take a minute to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road ahead. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some important car care tips for fall; things to consider in terms of maintenance to ensure your safety during the winter driving conditions that lie ahead. Prepare your Vehicle for winter driving with a Full Check-Up We recommend that you bring your vehicle to a trusted auto mechanic for a full check-up prior to winter weather conditions on the roads setting in. This check-up should include: cables and terminals battery air filters belts and hoses fluids* and windshield wipers. *fluids include antifreeze, brake, oil, power steering, windshield washer and transmission

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