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How Do You Know if Your Transmission is Going Out?

 How Do You Know if Your Transmission is Going Out?

The transmission is a vital system within your vehicle that has the important job of transferring power from the engine to the wheels. Without it, your vehicle wouldn't go anywhere! When you shift your car into drive, your transmission works smoothly to get those wheels turning. Since it is major in terms of the operation of your car, it's no secret that it needs to be well-taken care of to be properly maintained and to work smoothly.  A failing transmission will definitely show itself with symptoms that can't be ignored. Understanding the warning signs of transmission problems can help you address any issues quickly, which can save you time and money on extensive transmission repairs. The sooner you have the problem taken care of, the better!  Here are some of the symptoms that can indicate a failing transmission:  Buzzing or humming noises coming from under the hood Transmission gears are slipping Burning smell while your vehicle is running Check engi ... read more

What are the Signs of Bad Ball Joints?

What are the Signs of Bad Ball Joints?

The ball joints are the components within the suspension system that act as the main pivot point for the control arms and the steering knuckles. They are designed similar to what you would think of when thinking of a joint in your body - there is a spherical bearing within a socket that moves around easily so that you can control your wheels properly.  The front ball joints are responsible for allowing the front wheels and suspension to move when you turn your steering wheel. If your ball joints are failing, you will begin to notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Clunking noises coming from the front suspension when turning, driving on rough roads, or driving over speed bumps. This is usually a sign that the ball joints are loose.    Excessive vibrations while on the road, which signifies that your ball joints are worn and are vibrating in their sockets. You may feel vibrating in the steering wheel as well.    Steering wanders to the left or ... read more

How Can I Keep My Vehicle Maintained During the Summer?

How Can I Keep My Vehicle Maintained During the Summer?

The summer season is the perfect time of the year to take a road trip or spend a day at your favorite place. With the increase in the use of our vehicles, understanding how we can best maintain our cars throughout the season is important. The summer months can take a toll on our vehicles, both due to the weather and the increase in use. When fall comes around, you want to be able to still have a reliable vehicle. This is why taking good care of your car during the summer can go along way, and save you money on repairs and services in a few months.  So, what are some of the ways that you can help keep your vehicle well-maintained throughout the summer? Here are some of our top summer car maintenance tips and how they can help you keep your car reliable:  Park in shaded areas or out of the sun when possible. Parking under the sun for extended periods of time can cause paint fade and a super hot interior. Parking in the shade is the best way to protect both the exterior and in ... read more

Celebrate July 4th Safely

Celebrate July 4th Safely

July 4th is a special day when it comes to celebrating our freedom here in the United States. It typically includes gathering with friends and family, attending events or festivals, and watching grand firework displays. We know that this year's July 4th will definitely look different than previous years due to the current pandemic. However, there are still some ways that you can have fun and enjoy the day while remaining safe.  Even though you won't be able to gather in large groups, you can still enjoy the presence of close family members or friends while social distancing. We recommend getting the grill going, playing some games, and eating your favorite goods. Plus, you can even get some small sparklers or fireworks going! If you are planning on having fun this July 4th weekend, remember the following safety tips:  Planning on driving somewhere during the weekend? Don't forget to practice driving safely. Please don't drive if you are planning on consuming ... read more

My Car is Leaking...What Do I Do?

My Car is Leaking...What Do I Do?

Noticing a leak coming from underneath your vehicle can be worrisome. As soon as you see a leak, be sure to inspect the liquid to determine its color and where it is coming from. Fluid leaking from your car could mean a variety of different things, and the color of the liquid is usually an accurate indicator of where that leak is coming from. As soon as you have figured out the color of the liquid, bring your vehicle into the experts here at Pro Auto Care in Denver, CO. Our ASE certified technicians are experienced with all makes and models of vehicles and will fix your leak and get you back on the road quickly.  Here are some of the colors to look out for if you notice a leak: Red - Red fluid usually points to a transmission or power steering system leak. This can stem from a broken transmission seal or a hole in a line between systems.  Orange - Orange liquid can be tricky. The orange color can actually indicate leaking antifreeze or jus ... read more