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Say No to Puffing

Say No to Puffing

Did you know that the act of leaving your car running and unattended is called 'puffing'? Each year, Colorado state law enforcement teams shine a light on the risks of puffing by launching an annual statewide educational and enforcement campaign known as Puffer Week. The campaign usually runs the last Sunday of January and lasts an entire week so that the public can be informed about the consequences of puffing their cars. During the week, law enforcement increases their warnings and citations to those caught in the act, with the first offense being around $60. What Are the Risks of Puffing? Illegal/Ticket - As mentioned before, puffing is unlawful in Colorado. By not doing it, you can avoid hefty fines.  Environmental - Idling your car for more than 30 seconds to a minute is considered unnecessary. If your vehicle is maintained correctly, it should not take longer than that to warm it up. Additionally, leaving your vehicle running for too long results in wasting gas ... read more

Is My Check Engine Light On Because of My Spark Plugs?

Is My Check Engine Light On Because of My Spark Plugs?

Spark plugs are small but mighty pieces in your vehicle. These small metal-ended parts enable the spark that starts up the fuel-burning process. Without spark plugs, say goodbye to starting and going anywhere with your vehicle. Spark plugs also have a role in moving your pistons, which is required to have a balanced fuel and air mixture. If your car, truck, or SUV won't start, you may inherently assume it is a battery problem. But, the problem could very well be due to old spark plugs. In fact, aging spark plugs may very well cause your check engine light to come on.   However, it's not safe to assume that every check engine light is due to ineffective spark plugs either. This yellow dashboard warning light can come on for countless reasons:  Engine misfires Rough idling Acceleration troubles Immense exhaust emissions Poor fuel efficiency Loose fuel cap Overall weak engine performance Whether you have car starting problems or a lit check engine light (or BOT ... read more

What Does The Heater Core Do?

What Does The Heater Core Do?

The heater core is a necessary part of your vehicle's cooling system, and you're definitely going to want it to work for the winter. It essentially is your radiator's partner, and it works to move coolant. Without the heater core, your car will not be able to supply you with heat when it is cold. Besides heating, the heater core helps to defrost your windows.  How Exactly Does the Heater Core Work? As you may know, your car's engine heats up a lot when it's running. The coolant disperses the excess heat and moves the air away from the engine and through the radiator. However, the process is altered when you turn on the heat in the winter. Instead, the air gets moved to the heater core to be filtered and warmed up to make you more comfortable. The coolant you add to your cooling system allows this process to happen seamlessly. Over time though, the coolant will age and thus can corrode these parts. If dirty or contaminated coolant is left in your car too long ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Team!

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Team!

We would like to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving from our team at Pro Auto Care! Enjoy your time off with your loved ones. We understand many of you will be driving with the holidays coming up, both near and far. If you plan on going out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday, please be prepared for the congested holiday traffic. It might even rain or snow during the course of your trip. This is why we highly suggest that you check off some of these items before hitting the bustling highway.  Have a pre-trip inspection done by professionals - Our incredible team at Pro Auto Care can help thoroughly check your car's essential systems and fluids before you head out for the holiday. Trust us - you don't want to be late to Thanksgiving dinner from a vehicle breakdown! Getting a pre-trip check-up will give you the assurance you need. And it will keep you and your passengers safe for the ride! Pack weather-appropriate items - It will be colder as we approach the end of Novem ... read more

The 4 Different Types of Brakes

The 4 Different Types of Brakes

Brake failure can lead to major vehicle accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. This is why all industry experts stress the importance of regular brake inspections and timely repairs. Your brakes serve the function of slowing down and stopping your car, truck, or SUV. There are different types of brakes we will be discussing today: drum brakes, disc brakes, emergency brakes/parking brakes, and the anti-lock braking system (ABS). The brakes you are most familiar with are your primary braking system; your vehicle will have disc brakes, drum brakes, or a blend of the two. Furthermore, all cars come with secondary brakes, including the e-brakes and anti-lock brakes, for extra protection.  Drum Brakes  Drum brakes are the oldest and most traditional type of brakes. Drum brakes have been around for ages, and they can be found on the inside of the wheel. When the brake pedal is compressed, hydraulic pressure presses two brake shoes against the drum.  Disc Brakes Disc brak ... read more