Yearly Archives: 2020

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

GDI: Gasoline Direct Injection Engines

GDI: Gasoline Direct Injection Engines

Gasoline Direct Injection = More Power, Better Efficiency!   While it’s true that direct injection engines (GDI) develop more power and produce lower emissions, it is also true that there are some maintenance challenges that have plagued the design for many years.   The evolution from carburetor to fuel injection (which was invented in the 1920’s) took until the 1980’s when virtually all new gasoline powered cars and light trucks were fuel injected.  The move to fuel injection increased fuel efficiency, lowered emissions, and enhanced reliability. Instead of the engine pulling the in the fuel, the system would deliver a precise amount of gasoline at the moment of the intake stroke.   Fuel injection systems can be prone to clogged injectors which led to better gasoline additives and maintenance services designed to “clean” the injectors and fuel intake system.  We recommend an Air Induction service as routine maint ... read more

Expert Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Expert Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

The versatile and robust Transit Van has found its way into the hearts of drivers and fleet managers in a wide array of transportation services. From the nimble little Transit Connect all the way to the F-350 Cargo Transit, this modern panel-van-style creation is responsible for delivering everything from flowers to construction supplies to passengers virtually anywhere.  They are also being outfitted as conversion vans, police vehicles, and ambulances.  Of course we’re talking about the Ford Transit line, which evolved from and replaced the Econoline Vans produced for decades, but other manufacturers have similar vehicles - the Ram ProMaster (pictured below) and Mercedes Sprinter vans among them.   For fleet operators, downtime can mean lost revenue, so the choice of a repair facility is especially important.  Who can do the preventive maintenance and any needed repairs in a timely manner?   Haglin Automotive, a full-service, independent aut ... read more

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