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PRO AUTO CHOICE > CDOT TRACTION REGS FOR THE MOUNTAINS

PRO AUTO CHOICE > CDOT TRACTION REGS FOR THE MOUNTAINS

During the fall and winter, there are plenty of reasons to visit the mountains. And with consistent high temperatures in the city, it’s easy to justify a weekend trip to them. But as most Colorado residents should know by now, the weather in the city doesn’t necessarily presume the weather in the mountains. Because of this, there are certain regulations and codes that get put into place that you might not be aware of, so it’s important to be prepared. So while you’re winterizing your car, don’t forget to check your tires. During severe weather conditions, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has certain requirements for being on the road. One of these requirements is known as the Traction Law (Code 15). If this law is in effect, your vehicle must have snow tires ... read more

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IMPORTANCE OF INSPECTING CAR BEFORE SCHOOL

IMPORTANCE OF INSPECTING CAR BEFORE SCHOOL

As the summer begins to wind down and school starts to take precedence, our days become less focused on protecting ourselves from the sun and more focused on school supplies, class schedules, and departures. Whether you’re a college student who’s driving to school for the first time or you’re a parent who will need to factor in extra trips for kids’ school attendance and activities, your to-do list will likely be pretty full until winter break! When making those lists, it can be easy to overlook the transportation you need to make sure everything gets done without any unforeseen breakdowns…and you definitely don’t want a breakdown to happen in the middle of the chaos. Preventative maintenance It’s always more useful and cost effective to set up a schedule for preventative maintenance on your car, but it becomes extremely beneficial when your schedule fills up with daily impera ... read more

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HOW ROAD CONSTRUCTION & POTHOLES CAN AFFECT YOUR CAR

 HOW ROAD CONSTRUCTION & POTHOLES CAN AFFECT YOUR CAR

If a theme color were designated for the summer months, it would undoubtedly be orange. In a time when everyone is hurrying to get their summer road trips off to a quick start, most streets and highways are flooded with the familiar orange warning signs. Whether it’s detours, potholes, men working, or anything in between, it’s important to stay knowledgeable about what you might encounter and how it can affect your car during this season of construction. Tires & Suspension Roads in construction zones can often be left in a bumpy, sometimes treacherous state that affects parts of your vehicle that are already susceptible to damage. If you know you’ll be traveling through construction zones on your trip, ensure that your tires are in good shape. A slow leak can quickly become a flat, and a weak, old tire can quickly become a blowout if you hit a piece of equi ... read more

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SUMMER ROAD TRIP CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

SUMMER ROAD TRIP CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Denver is known for its pristine weather and relative access to some great road trips. Whether it’s a few days in the mountains, a weekend in the desert, or a week near the ocean, everything is within reach. The best way to plan and execute a perfect summer road trip is to take the worry out of potential car problems so you can keep your mind on the road and your favorite summer jams. Change and check your tires If you’re still using your winter tires, change them out for your summer tires. As you do so, inspect that each set is still in proper working order. Tires are more susceptible to blowouts during the hotter months, so ensure that they are inflated properly. Underinflated tires can put a strain on the rest of the wheel components of your car, while overinflated tires can cause more slippage on the highway during a rainstorm. As a matter of fact, if your tires are either underinfla ... read more

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WHEN TO SERVICE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

 WHEN TO SERVICE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

Colorado is known for its sunny disposition. Colorado is also known for its sometimes-unpredictable weather patterns. What Colorado isn’t necessarily known for is 80-degree-plus temperatures in March without any sort of a catch – which doesn’t mean that we won’t appreciate it. It just means that we probably shouldn’t accept the arrival of summer two months early. It also means that, ready or not, we will begin to shift from relying on heaters to relying on air conditioners more and more. And while, for most of us, that shift is only seen when we move the knobs in our car from “hot” to “cold,” it’s important to remember that, as with anything that sits stagnant for months at a time, your air conditioning might not run as smoothly as you expect the first time it’s been used in a while – at least at the beginning. Your A/C system loses it refrigerant over time and that will affect its performance. Most people d ... read more

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WHEN TO CHANGE WINDSHIELD WIPERS

WHEN TO CHANGE WINDSHIELD WIPERS

When it comes to driving, there are tons of micro-details that affect your overall safety and security – everything from tire pressure to mirror placements to air and heat flow and, of course, the quality and current status of your windshield wipers. If you’re in a dry climate without much variation in weather, it can be easy to forget to maintain these little lifesavers. You may only use them once every week or so to clear off dirt or to clear away the stubborn collection of bug remains (for longer distances, that is). So what is the deal with windshield wipers? Do you use them until they don’t work anymore? Do you have to wait until you’re stuck in a snowstorm and you’re left to attempt to peer through the smudgy windshield until you can get some replacements? Maintenance & Upkeep Safe driving is a checklist of many things, but at the top of the list is how well you can see ... read more

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR CAR BATTERY LAST LONGER

 HOW TO MAKE YOUR CAR BATTERY LAST LONGER

When you’re running late, very few unpredictable circumstances prove to be beneficial because, as we all know, if something can go wrong, it usually does. Think about it: you wake up late, maybe forget your lunch, hit every red light on the way, maybe you get caught in a sudden torrential downpour. Or maybe you don’t even make it that far. Maybe when you get to your car, close the door, and put the key in to start it, nothing happens. Of course, you think. The battery chose today to die on me. What now? If you live in the city, maybe you can use a ride-sharing app to get to where you need to in a pinch, but what if that isn’t a possibility for you? The best way to avoid a situation like this from happening is to prevent it from being a possibility in the first place. And the best way to do that is to stay updated on the current state of your battery and to take the proper measures so it will perk right u ... read more

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WHAT TO KEEP IN YOUR CAR FOR WINTER TRAVEL

WHAT TO KEEP IN YOUR CAR FOR WINTER TRAVEL

December is here, and with it comes winter festivities and, by association, all of its social engagements. Just like the weather itself, there’s no stopping the upcoming necessity for holiday travel. Since the holiday season should be filled with cheerful and warm memory-making moments, it’s a good idea to focus on preparing your vehicle now so you can arrive to your destination safely and enjoy what’s truly important this season. To make encourage preparedness and safety, here are some important items to keep in your car for the holiday season and beyond. First Aid & SafetyFirst aid kits should be in your car regardless of the weather, but especially during the winter. Brush up on how to use the contents, too. Flashlight. It’s a good idea to put this in a plastic, zip-lock bag with the batteries taken out and stored alongside it so they s ... read more

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WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR TIRES (SEASONAL)

WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR TIRES (SEASONAL)

Rumor has it that Colorado receives about 300 sun-filled days per year. While the exact number is debatable, one thing is for sure: there’s always plenty of fair weather for exploring. What most people tend to forget, though, is that some of those sunny days can change in an instant, giving way to a sudden torrent of rain, snow, or deep freezes. For this reason, it is always important to ensure your car is fitted with the correct tires for the season, or else a daily adventure could lead to a day of being stranded. Summer Tires – May/June During the summer months without snow (June, July, August), you have two options for tires to use, depending on your priorities: all-season tires, or summer tires. Each has its own set of ... read more

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HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR BRAKES LAST?

You know you need your brakes checked and serviced periodically, but how often? And how can you make them last as long as possible, without needing to be replaced entirely? In this video, Pro Auto owner and Master Technician Al Oramas breaks down your brakes: which parts do what kinds of things, and what you need to do to take care of them and keep them in good, lasting condition

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