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How Hot Weather Affects your Car Battery

Did you know that heat can actually shorten the life of your car battery? During the summer months, the heat can actually cause problems for our car batteries. Heat actually causes battery fluid to evaporate, which in turn damages the battery and shortens its life. The typical battery will last between 4-6 years if taken care of, but often times excessive heat can cut that in half.    The best way to avoid battery problems during the summer is have your battery inspected beforehand to check for charge and inspect the charging and starting system. It also helps to have your battery cleaned to avoid corrosion and acid buildup around the terminals. If you suspect a battery issue, the best solution is to have it checked by your local trusted mechanic to avoid a dead battery and no-start situation.    In order to protect your battery this summer season, make sure to:   Inspect the electrical system to make sure that it is charging the battery at the correct rate, b ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer!   Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windsh ... read more

How Often Should Your Vehicle Be Inspected?

When you look up proper preventative maintenance practices for your vehicle, you may find that an important part is having your vehicle regularly inspected. Regular inspections are the best way to catch any issues early on before they turn into major problems. This not only helps keep you safe on the road, but also helps you save lots of money over time!    So the top question about inspections is - how often do I need them? The answer depends on a couple of different factors. First, how often you get an inspection will depend on the age of your vehicle. An older vehicle should get an inspection more often than brand new vehicles. It will also depend on your driving habits, and how often or far you drive your vehicle. If you drive your vehicle quite a lot and are often driving far distances, an inspection more often would be ideal.    If you have a more recent vehicle and drive your car normally, we recommend having your vehicle inspected at least twice a year as pr ... read more

Snow Safety Tips

We are mid-way through winter, and the snow is still in our forecast here in the Boulder, CO area. While most of us chose to hibernate inside during a snowstorm, some of us still need to travel to work, family, and to run errands in town. If you’re planning on leaving the house in an upcoming snowfall, here are some snow safety tips to keep in mind, both while on the road and while walking around!   Always dress appropriately for the weather forecast. If you will be walking outside in the snow, be sure to have the right attire for the weather. Bundle up in your snow coat, make sure to wear gloves, hats, and long socks, and make sure you have the right footwear to be able to grip the snow while walking.    Salt your sidewalks/driveway with salt before the storm. This will help the snow clear faster and will make it easier to shovel the snow after the storm. While shoveling snow, be careful not to lift any amount that is too heavy at once and always use your legs t ... read more

New Year’s Resolutions for your Vehicle!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Driving in the rain, snow, and icy conditions can be dangerous at times. In order to keep safe on the road, it is necessary to slightly adjust our driving habits for this time of year. During rain or snow, our vehicles are more vulnerable and less easy to control in certain situations. The following tips will come in handy when it comes to safe driving during the winter months.    Drive slower     Driving in the rain or snow is simply just more dangerous than dry conditions. Slightly lower your driving speed will allow you to have plenty of time to brake and prevent your tires from losing traction with the road. It will also allow you to have more time and control to avoid a potentially dangerous situation if one may occur.    Accelerate and decelerate slowly   When you speed up or brake on the road, do so slowly and carefully. Accelerating or braking quickly is the number one culprit when it comes to tires l ... read more

Let's Talk Preventative Maintenance

Let's Talk Preventative Maintenance

Can we talk preventative maintenance?  Fram famously said “You can pay me now or pay me later,” and it remains true to this day - nothing will prolong the life of your vehicle better than a good preventative maintenance regimen. Everybody knows that regular oil changes are critical to keeping a car running, but today there’s much more that can be done - and many more benefits to be enjoyed - for those wishing to properly maintain a vehicle.   Industry standards for preventative maintenance practices have changed.  Engine oil, for example, is far better today than in the past. Synthetic engine oil, now required in many new cars, provides an even higher level of protection for your engine while safely allowing extra time or miles between changes.   Because vehicles are lasting longer, manufacturers have adopted additional preventative maintenance practices that will help maximize the reliability and safety of your car or light truck. Brake flui ... read more

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October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, a time of year dedicated to reminding car drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter months and to practice good vehicle maintenance. As we approach the winter months, it is important to inspect vital components of our cars that are important for keeping safe and comfortable in the colder weather.    Regular car care is key to keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoid costly repairs down the road. A properly maintained vehicle will also ensure your safety on the road.    The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter.:   Check fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.  Check hoses and belts  ... read more

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Brake Service?

Brake Service?

We recently had a new customer arrive in a vehicle that was in need of brakes.  They were pretty sure the brakes needed to be done because the car was making some scary grinding noises. The truth is they needed brakes long before it made the scary grinding noises. Those scary grinding noises were the sounds that meant the brake repair ended up costing several hundred dollars more than it normally would have because the pads had been worn completely through, and the resulting metal to metal contact severely damaged the calipers that holds the brake pads, and nearly broke through the rotors.   Waiting too long to get the brakes replaced on any vehicle runs the serious risk of brake failure, and the slightly less serious, but by no means trivial, additional costs.   This is another example of the ongoing value offered by establishing a relationship with a good quality repair shop.  Regular visits for preventative maintenance will spot the need for a brake service l ... read more

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The Timing Belt costs HOW MUCH?!

The Timing Belt costs HOW MUCH?!

If your car has a timing belt, as many do, replacing it is considered a maintenance item.  Once every 60,000 to 105,000 miles doesn’t come too often, but it’s one of those things you definitely don’t want to miss.  Severe damage can result from a broken or failed timing belt if your car has an interference engine, and while that design is less prevalent these days, they are still fairly common.     Even if your vehicle’s engine won’t suffer internal damage when the timing belt breaks, you will, at a minimum, be inconvenienced.  If you happen to be driving at highway speeds, the danger could be very real.   Yes, timing belt replacement is a significant expense, but part of the cost is the additional  preventative measures many manufacturers include as part of a complete timing belt replacement.  Most of the time, the technician will replace the water pump because it’s driven by the timing belt because the l ... read more

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