Yearly Archives: 2019

Different Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

Different Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

Your vehicle is equipped with a complex computer system that will alert you if it detects something wrong with your vehicle. When you do see a warning light turn on, its important to bring your vehicle into Haglin Automotive as soon as possible for an inspection. Depending on the warning light, a major issue can progress quickly and lead to unexpected vehicle breakdowns. Here are some of the most important dashboard warning lights and what they can indicate:    1. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT - this light will illuminate if your vehicle detects that their is a problem with the engine. This needs to be inspected as soon as possible.    2. BATTERY WARNING LIGHT - this light will turn on when there is an issue with your vehicle's battery. In order to prevent getting stuck with a vehicle that won't start, it is important to have this looked at right away.    3. ENGINE TEMPERATURE WARNING LIGHT - this light indicates that your engine is running too hotly ... read more

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems?

The exhaust system of your vehicle has the important job of converting harmful gases emited from the engine into less harmful gases which are then emitted from your exhaust system. If your vehicle has an exhaust system, harmful gases could potentially be leaking into your cabin which is detrmintal to you and your passenger's health. A exhaust system problem can also make you vehicle fail an emissions test and make your vehicle legally not able to drive.  Some of the most common causes of exhaust system problems include:  Rust - rust can occur often when it comes to the muffler, pipes, and other components of the exhaust system. Roads that still use salt in the winter can speed up this process even more. Rust should be removed from parts if possible, and if not, super rusty parts should be replaced.  Bad Oxygen Sensor - a bad oxygen sensor can cause problems when it comes to making sure that the air-fuel mixture is correct for your emissions system. This can cause ... read more

Top Fall Vehicle Repairs

The summer is coming to an end, and the fall season will be coming around before we know it. If you expect your vehicle to stay reliable all throughout the autumn season, it's important to make sure that your vehicle is well taken care of and maintained.  Because the fall seasons has distinct weather conditions, the following most popular fall repairs are pretty common to see throughout the next few months:  Heater system failure Timing cover gasket repair Engine distributor Window lift motor and regulator assembly Air springs While the issues listed above are the top repairs for the fall season, any issue can occur with your vehicle when driving during the season. If you suspect an issue with your vehicle or are due for a pre-fall inspection, give us a call here at Haglin Automotive or stop by today for service! 

What to Do in An Accident on a Road Trip

It's summer - and that means that many of us will be packing up and jumping the car to embark on a road trip for fun in the sun and family bonding. If a road trip is in your plans for this season, don't forget about planning for the unexpected, such as accidents or emergencies. You never know when something unexpected can happen, and being completely prepared will allow you to handle the situation as best as you can.  While none of us expect a car accident to happen when we go on vacation, it certainly can occur, especially when there is an influx of vehicles on the road. Firstly, be sure to drive safely and carefully on your trip. If there are many people in the car, try to avoid distractions as much as possible to keep everyone safe.  If you do find yourself in a car accident, don't panic. Here are some guidelines on what to do next if you do find yourself in a car accident during your road trip: First, make sure that everyone is ok. If there is an injury tha ... read more

Car Maintenance Interval Guide

Remembering how often your vehicle is due for a maintenance item can be tricky. Most vehicle owners are very well accustomed to regular oil changes, however some other important maintenance items may not be as clear. Here is a guide that will help you keep better track of when certain important services are due:  Brake Pads, Rotors, and Fluid - Have the brake pads and rotors inspection every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Fluid needs to be replaced every 2 years.  Engine Oil and Filter - Needs to be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.  Steering and Suspension - Inspect every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Battery - Have it tested every 3 to 5 years. Cooling System - Inspect every 6,000 to 10,000 miles. Headlights, Taillights, Blinkers - Inspect every 6,000 to 10,000 miles. Transmission Fluid - Change every 25,000 miles. Air Filter - Change every 40,000 miles.  Power Steering Fluid - Flush every 40,000 miles. Spark Plug - Replace every 40,000 miles.  Timing Belt - Chan ... read more

Protect Yourself From Distracted Driving

When it comes to driving, one of the most important things to remember is to drive safely. Accidents can happen, but often times can be avoided by staying focused on the road and driving as safely as possible. Abiding by the speed limit, giving yourself plenty of space to slow and stop, and following all laws when it comes to driving can protect you on the road. However, distractions can occur which can take our eyes off the road and put our safety at risk.    Here are some helpful tips to avoid distractions while on the road:    Put your cell phone away and out of view. Texting or talking on the phone while driving is very distracting. Nowadays, many cell phones have features that will actually text back anyone trying to contact you with an automated message that you are driving and will get back to them shortly. This is a great tool to use to prevent yourself from being tempted to checking your phone on the road.  If your destination requires driving direct ... read more

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

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