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What to Do If Your Vehicle Breaks Down

What to Do If Your Vehicle Breaks Down

It is one of the most dreaded occurrences as a vehicle owner - a breakdown on the road. It always seems to happen at the worst time and at the worst location, and never when we expect it! Although it can be extremely stressful, the first thing it do is to stay calm and try to get to safety as soon as possible. Breakdowns can put you at risk for car accidents if you are in a dangerous spot, so understanding your surroundings is important. Here are some tips on what to do next:  Turn on your emergency lights as soon as you can! This will indicate to other drivers on the road that something is wrong and will allow others to take precaution when driving around your vehicle.    If you feel your car breaking down, get over to the side of the road in a safe area as soon as possible, and if possible. Sometimes we can feel our car slowly coming to a stop, and this is when you should try to safely get over to the roadside and out of the way of moving traffic ... read more

How Do I Properly Maintain My Car's Engine Cooling System?

How Do I Properly Maintain My Car's Engine Cooling System?

The cooling system is a very important system within your vehicle that helps to keep your engine cool and clean while running. A problem with the cooling system can mean major problems with your engine - and engine repairs can become costly. This is why it is so vital to maintain your vehicle's cooling system and make sure that it is always working at its best.  One way you can ensure that you care your car's cooling system is by having your vehicle regularly inspected by the professionals here at Haglin Automotive. Regular inspections will allow us to catch any cooling system issues early on and prevent major problems from occurring.  Another way to care of your vehicle's cooling system is to be more aware of how your vehicle runs and to make sure that if you ever notice your engine is overheating or running roughly that you have your car inspected as soon as possible.  Having a cooling system service at recommended intervals is also important. Not only i ... read more

How do I Prepare My Car for Fall?

How do I Prepare My Car for Fall?

It's officially the fall season, which means we can expect chillier weather, rain, and falling leaves to approach in the near future. With the changing seasons, it's important to keep an eye on our vehicles and take care of any maintenance needed to ensure that our vehicles are safe for the weather changes. With wetter roads and colder temperatures, it's important to take care of the following services that are paramount when it comes to vehicle safety:  Check Your Tires Having tires with good traction is vital for this time of the year. With rainfall comes wet roads, and tires need to have proper tread in order to push through liquid and make traction with the road. If your tires are looking bald, make sure you get a new set before the rain falls. Also, ensure that all tires are filled up to the proper PSI.  Replace Windshield Wipers & Fluid You never know when you'll have to deal with falling rain, and finding that y ... read more

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

When thinking about how your vehicle works, you may wonder about the engine and just how cool it is that is works the way it does. Our vehicles actually have over 30,000 working parts in them, and some of the systems are extremely intricate. Even the suspension system in your vehicle is complex, and it's amazing just how some of its parts work.  When you drive your vehicle over rough terrain or a bumpy road, you may feel a tiny movement in your vehicle, but not much. This is so to the suspension system, which helps to control the effect that you feel when driving. The shocks and struts are the shock absorbers of the system, and their job is to make your ride as smooth as possible.  The shocks are the component that mainly dampens the shock when driving so that your vehicle doesn't bounce excessively or move a lot when driving over rough roads or speed bumps. They are actually a hydraulic component, meaning they convert the kinetic energy from the road into the fluid ... read more

What are the Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What are the Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

Although often overlooked, your vehicle's brake fluid is very important to the operation of the brake system. The brake system is hydraulic, which means that the brake fluid is used to create the pressure needed to slow or stop your vehicle. When you step on the brake pedal, pressure from the brake fluid is generated to press the brake pads which in turn stop your wheels from turning. A leak or air in the brake fluid can greatly decrease hydraulic power and make it difficult to stop or slow when you need to.  If there is an issue with your brake fluid, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Brake warning light has illuminated Brake fluid appears low, discolored, or dirty Brake pedal feels spongy Car takes longer to brake than normal As soon as you recognize an issue with your vehicle's brake system, it's important to bring your car into the experts here at Haglin Automotive. Driving with any indication of faulty brakes can greatly risk your sa ... read more

Road Trip Leg 14: Lyons

Road Trip Leg 14: Lyons

This little leg of the journey is taking us down From Estes Park 7.522 feet elevation to Lyons at 5,371 feet elevation. You’d be surprised what this little town has to offer.  Be sure to stop at Oskar Blues. My favorite beer is the G’night, so if you like Red’s be sure to grab a brew at Oskar Blues.  The shops downtown Lyons are mostly locally owned and operated. Not too far from Boulder this would be a great place to day trip and stock up on something if you choose to #shoplocal and support the small businesses in Lyons. You’re sure to find something you need or want as you peruse.  Lyons is also home of hiking, biking, and recreating adventures. Hall Ranch, Antelope Trail are preferred hiking trails and outdoor fun including ziplining, rafting and fields can be found at LaVern M Johnson Park. (Keep in mind this is a winter ice skate arena as well!). Lyons is home of fishing as well and is a must stop secret not too far from Boulder for al little ... read more

Road Trip Leg 13: Estes Park

Road Trip Leg 13: Estes Park

  This next part of your journey is a BEAUTIFUL 1 hour drive from Nederland, 8,288” to Estes Park 7,522”.  While in Estes, be sure to take a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park. This outstanding park is something you’ll have to book under a reservation by visiting this website. Take a drive through the park, picnic or stay for a while and explore. Don’t forget to pack in, pack out and keep your distance respecting the wildlife...you’re bound to see an Elk while in town, so remember, give it space.      During your stay in Estes Park, the hiking is unbelievable. Consider these waterfall views to make your day.  Chasm Falls - accessible via the Crystal Lakes Long Loop, Mummy Kill Route, easier routes include the Upper Ute trail out and back and the Ute Trail. The easiest way to get here is on the Beaver Boardwalk. Choose the route that suits you! Alberta Falls is acces ... read more

Road Trip Leg 12: Nederland

Road Trip Leg 12: Nederland

    “Ned” as anyone local, or semi close to the community would call it is our next leg of the adventure. Sitting at 8,228 feet elevation, you have three options to get here, it all just depends on the scenery you want. Above “google’s way” is highlighted taking you past Maryland Mountain and up highway 119. A slightly more exciting way will take you up 119 until you get off and go behind the open space. This way takes a little longer, but might add the sweeter views. Or, you can take 46 directly north, and close to Tremont Mountain for some more scenic “off the beaten pathway” experiences.  While in Ned you’ll want to:  Get pizza Ride the carousel Hike the hikes Enjoy the Res Camp the night  Get Pizza at Backcountry pizza. You can get it to enjoy there, or pick it up to go, but this perfect pie meal is always a great start to a Ned advent ... read more

Road Trip Leg 11: Central City/Blackhawk

Road Trip Leg 11: Central City/Blackhawk

For this leg, you’ll exit off i70 toward Central City sitting at 8,510 feet. Mine tours, whitewater rafting and the thing Central City is known for, Casino gambling are all amenities while you’re here. Don’t stop here, continue your journey on to Back Hawk, 8,537 feet elevation.  Black Hawk then and now:  Central City is home to 6 casinos, whereas Blackhawk is home to more than 18. Some are homey, some are fancy, but you’re sure to find the gambling gig that’s best for you (and hopefully your wallet!)  Not into gambling?  Mine Tours - Hidee Mine. This is known as “the richest half mile in earth” you can mine the vein or tour the caves. Be sure to schedule through the mine for this adventure.  Whitewater Rafting - This will take you back by Idaho springs, but only 23 miles for this wild ride is well worth the backtrack. Whitewater rafting crystal creek is something y ... read more

Road Trip Leg 10: Idaho Springs

Road Trip Leg 10: Idaho Springs

On this leg of the #roadtripacrossamerica you have some options on how you get from Steamboat Springs to Idaho Springs. There’s the way that “google maps” would take you down highway 40 back to Silverthorn and down i70...or there’s the more scenic, more adventurous way through Kremling and the Hot Sulphur Springs then through Winter Park and down to Idaho Springs at 7,526 feet elevation. This is a road trip, right, this is the way you’re going to see all the views. But really, you do you! If you go the suggested route, break up your drive with a dip in the Hot Sulphur Springs, 7680 feet. This little town is a secret spot that will remind you what old Colorado was like. Then take yourself down to Idaho Springs.  In Idaho Springs, if you’re checking off the 14er, you’ll want to do Mount Evans sitting at 14,265 feet. This is a breathtaking 14er (that you can tota ... read more

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