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What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

Brake rotors are important because they spin with and stop the wheels when the brake pads clamp down on them. The brake rotors withstand a lot of heat during the process of braking, and need to dissipate this heat quickly so that the brake pads will be able to be pressed down again. Because of this mass amount of heat, the surface of the brake rotors can become uneven over time, which is often referred to as warping. This can cause your vehicle's brakes to become jittery and less effective.  Brake rotor warping isn't as severe as it sounds. Warping actually just refers to an uneven surface, mainly caused by heat. The brake rotors can be warped in the following ways:  The brake rotors can become glazed with material from the brake pads. This happens when the brake pads get very hot which causes the pad material to rub off onto the brake rotors. This causes the brake rotor surface to become uneven and decrease the overall efficiency of the brakes.    The s ... read more

A Thousand Dollar Habit: Or, Should I Check My OIl?

A Thousand Dollar Habit: Or, Should I Check My OIl?

How often should you check the oil in your car?  Would you consider checking it every time you filled your vehicle with gas? On one hand, checking the oil every time you fill up might seem excessive. On the other hand, doing so may very well save you thousands of dollars.  Checking the oil costs nothing, and it takes just a few seconds. Given the potential savings, why not make it a routine? Click here for a Haglin Automotive Tutorial on checking the oil. Forget for a moment the obvious “blown engine.” Plenty of damage happens long before a catastrophic engine failure - and that fact may be the most compelling reason to check your oil regularly.  Bonus! There is a less obvious, but nonetheless compelling reason to check your oil regularly. More about that in a minute.  A brand new car may use a surprising amount of oil, and every engine will burn some ... read more

Tips for Staying Busy During COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order

Tips for Staying Busy During COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order

  At Haglin Automotive, we understand the major uncertainty that the COVID-19 outbreak has caused. With shelter in place orders, many of us are struggling to make good use of our time while following CDC regulations. While staying at home indefinitely is difficulty for most, it is so vital to the overall health of our nation's people and is a crucial step in preventing the spread of this virus.  First and foremost, protecting your health should be a priority. This means regularly washing your hands, avoiding touching surfaces outside of your home, keeping a 6 foot distance between you and others, sanitizing regularly, and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands. Secondly, don't forget about your mental health - this is just as important during this time.  Here are some of our tips to follow when it comes to staying busy at home during COVID-19 shelter in place orders:  Read a new book Give yourself a cleaning project, such as deep cleaning the ... read more

Serving The Community During The COVID-19 Emergency

Serving The Community During The COVID-19 Emergency

Haglin Automotive remains open and committed to serve the automotive public during the Covid-19 Emergency.   We understand how important it is to have safe and reliable transportation - perhaps more than ever in situations like this.   We have enacted recommended precautions to guard against transmission of the virus and to safeguard your health and ours, including best practices as published by the Centers for Disease Control and other health authorities. These efforts include the following:  1. A strictly enforced absence policy - employees are to report to work only if feeling fully well.  2. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of our workspaces. 3. Direct cleaning of “touch” items in the process of and upon conclusion of our services and repairs - door handles, steering wheels, transmission shifters, and controls such as the radio, lights, and HVAC systems. 4. Digital delivery of inspection reports and invoices, together with secure te ... read more

Meet The Mechanics

Meet The Mechanics

Who is your mechanic? What can we tell you about the man or woman that goes to work each day ready to maintain and/or fix your vehicle? One common trait among technicians is an innate desire to understand how things work and solve mysteries.  Knowing what’s wrong isn’t as valuable as knowing why a particular system in a vehicle isn’t working properly.  This is the orientation that facilitates expert diagnosis, which is the first step in a complete repair.    Good mechanics are also lifelong learners, which is why all of our technicians attend continuing education classes and strive to earn third-party certifications such as ASE Master Technician.   Let’s start with Dana Haglin. Like so many mechanics, Dana had an early love of cars.  In fact, he still has a car he bought while in high school (it’s an Austin Healey)!  Dana has a music performance degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, but ultimately ... read more

What is a Timing Belt Replacement?

While looking at your vehicle's recommended list of services, you may have noticed that it recommends a timing belt replacement at a certain mileage interval. You may have even been recommended to have your vehicle's timing belt replaced recently while visiting an auto repair shop. Your vehicle's engine is extremely complex with many different working parts, so not understand what a timing belt is or when it needs to be replaced is common. Let us break it down and explain what this part is and why it is important.  What is a timing belt? The timing belt is an internal combustion engine component that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft to ensure that the engine's valves open and close at the correct times during each cylinder's intake and exhaust strokes. It is an essential part of your vehicle's engine and is necessary for proper function.  When does it need to be replaced? The best way to understand when your vehi ... read more

How to Make Your Vehicle Last 200,000 Miles or More!

How to Make Your Vehicle Last 200,000 Miles or More!

Excellent news!  The majority of vehicles sold in recent years can go 200,000 miles with precious few major repairs.    But there is a catch: Preventive maintenance is required.  And there is more to it than meets the eye. Also, there are important new services that not everyone is aware of yet.   Oil Change?  But of course.  Many people still refer to it as a “lube, oil and filter” service.  Chassis lubrication has pretty much gone by the wayside, but the fresh oil and filter part is still the meat and potatoes of a basic car service.   A proper oil change should include an examination of the vehicle’s major components and a check of other fluids; transmission, brake, power steering and coolant, in most cars. This service is due by mileage, or at least twice a year. Some of the preventive services recommended on modern cars are necessary because cars are lasting so much longer.  It’s also like ... read more

5 Top Reasons to Buy a Ford Transit For Your Small Business

5 Top Reasons to Buy a Ford Transit For Your Small Business

1. Your drivers will figure out the ​Sync3 Infotainment System easily and stay safe on the road. As small business owners we all want our employees to be safe and not distracted while driving.  The Infotainment System is easy to teach and allows your drivers to get their tunes or find out where they are going safely.  Quick and easy to learn. 2. Excellent handling and responsive steering  When you are turning in those narrow areas and tight circles, the Transit handles with great response and ease.  The newer Ford Transits handle less like a truck and have a smoother ride.  Throw in a 5 Star Safety Rating and you've got the whole package. 3. Your employees will appreciate the comfy seats and quiet, smooth ride This work van offers a comfortable ride for your people when they are driving for work all day long.  The van is insulated and the road and wind noise is minimal.  On our Colorado ... read more

What To Do If Your Vehicle Suffered Damage From Sliding Into a Curb

Oh, that helpless feeling!  Sliding, sliding closer and closer until WHACK! Or maybe it's a sad crunching noise.  Or both. Whether you bounced off a curb or managed to go up and over, the next few moments are likely to be filled with dread. How much damage?  Will the car be okay to drive? How much will it cost to fix? One thing is certain - your car should be inspected if you have any doubts about damage.  Many reputable shops will check your car for damage at no charge, so there’s no reason not to have a professional give your vehicle a clean bill of health or let you know what may be needed to keep you safely moving down the road. Haglin Automotive is one of those reputable shops - we will be happy to give your vehicle a complimentary, proper inspection for your peace of mind and safety.   What is most likely to be damaged in a curb hit / slide off?   Wheels can be bent, which may or may not be visible while still on the car.&nbs ... read more

How to Diagnose a Shaky Steering Wheel

At normal operation, your vehicle should drive smoothly and without issue. You shouldn't find yourself feeling too much of the road's imperfections or every single little bump in the road. However, if you start to feel that your vehicle's steering wheel vibrates excessively, there may be an issue with the suspension system, tires, or wheels. Since many different components can affect the steering wheel, diagnosing the problem can be a little bit tricky. The following are some ways that you can narrow down the issue and understand the cause of your shaking steering wheel.  The most common cause of a shaking steer wheel is the tires or wheels. Tire balance is vital to a steady vehicle and out of balance tires can cause shakiness, uneven tire wear, and more. Tire balance can be an issue if you notice that your steering wheel vibrates at high speeds or gets progressively worse the faster you drive.  The wheel bearings can also be a culprit when it comes to a shaky s ... read more

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