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Winter Is Here! Make Sure Your Tires Are Ready

Winter Is Here! Make Sure Your Tires Are Ready

This winter has the potential to be a nasty one and the entire team at Pro Auto Care in Denver and Littleton don’t want you to end up like the person in the photo… unless you are out on a beautiful snowy sunrise walk by choice! There’s a lot you can do to avoid getting stranded and plenty to help keep you safe and warm if you do. We’ll vote for the former, however. Ways to keep you safely moving down the roads of Denver, Littleton, and well beyond: Tires: make sure they are in the best condition possible, properly inflated, and have chains at the ready just in case. When your tires aren’t properly inflated, they don’t hug the road they way they should. And if the tread is too low or gone, then not only do they not stick to the road, they don’t direct excess water, snow, or ice away from the tire causing you to lose control. If you do lose control, don’t hit the brakes but take your foot off the gas and downshift. Don’t panic. St ... read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Car During Winter

Everything You Need to Know About Your Car During Winter

Winter driving conditions in and around Denver can greatly fluctuate within a 12-hour period (and sometimes hour-to-hour!) not to mention day-to-day. It’s critical that you and your vehicle are well prepared for our winter months and are well aware of what it takes to stay safe on our roadways. The professionals at Pro Auto Care in Denver and Littleton would hate to see you stranded on the side of the road. Here’s a list of just some of the ways to keep you moving: Watch out for winter-time malfunction lights (tire pressure light, coolant light, snowflake light, traction control light, battery light) and be prepared to act on them. Have your battery checked out since the cold weather makes it more likely to die.  Realize that the colder weather will decrease tire pressure so it’s even more important in the winter months to regularly check and adjust your vehicle’s tire pressure. Be prepared to inflate your tires as needed and ask about all season 3 peak ... read more

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How Does Heat Affect Our Vehicle

 How Does Heat Affect Our Vehicle

Colorado is a semi-arid to very arid state. It’s a fact we often don’t pay too much attention to other than when our skin is begging for lotion, or our lips are in desperate need of some Burt’s Bees. We certainly rarely think of how it affects our vehicles unless we are faced with the problems it’s caused. Did you know that the heat we experience in summer can cause all kinds of damage to our automobiles? From increased wear on our tires to generally drying out all sorts of parts we rarely consider, the dry heat we experience in Denver takes its toll on us and our cars. The rubber in our tires can dry out and crack if not properly inflated. Watch all of your fluids as they tend to go faster in the hotter months. Your battery needs more water to keep it fresh during these hot months. Gas evaporates quicker in the heat too. Keep it in the shade as much as you are able. Keep up with your oil changes over the summer also since the heat acts differently on your oil d ... read more

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The Effect of a Bad Alignment

The Effect of a Bad Alignment

    We often tend to put tire care down on the list of our auto repair needs. It’s easy to dismiss because they tend to be an expensive item to replace and we often take their duties for granted. However, with the right care and prevention, you can significantly impact the life of your tires as well as increase your gas mileage and help to stabilize your vehicle in general. When your vehicle’s tires are properly aligned and balanced, that really can save you money and hassle in the long run, not to mention it can keep you safe.  Alignment refers to the angle at which your tires touch the ground. When your tires aren’t properly aligned, that means that there will be more pressure on certain parts of your tire and that will contribute to uneven wear causing the need for a replacement to happen sooner than if you keep your car properly aligned. When your tires aren’t correctly aligned and your tires wear unevenly, it can lower MPG but it can also b ... read more

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Service Intervals

Service Intervals

  Regardless of the car, you drive, whether it’s a super cool specialty car or the one that you drive merely to get you where you need to be, it’s critical to keep up on regularly scheduled maintenance to extend the life of your vehicle and to avoid some potentially substantial repair bills. Regular service not only helps keep your automobile running smoothly, but it can prevent it from encountering a myriad of more significant problems too. Pro Auto Care works hard to not only save you on the road, but to keep your car running well for as long as possible, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help with a commitment to your car’s care too! Plus, if you care about Mother Earth, maintaining your vehicle on a regular basis is a good way to help the environment. You see, when your car is not running right or when there’s a fluid leak, it pollutes more. You can be more eco-friendly by being mindful of the emissions your vehicle is producing, and if you ... read more

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How To Protect Your Paint From The Heat

When you’ve got yourself a sweet ride, you want to make sure it looks the very best, so you invest in the right products to take care of it. While you buff that leather interior with a smile, you want to make sure that your car’s exterior--the paint job--stays fresh and new as long as possible. However, summer heat is not always the summer-lovin' we’ve been lead to expect. What’s a loving vehicle owner to do? Read on for tips on how to protect your paint job in the summer heat.  Bathing Beauty: It may seem counterintuitive, but it is a good idea to wash your car frequently. This is a great way to cool off if you want to do it on your driveway. Wait until the evening shadows grow long and whip out that hose while the kids play on their bikes. Gently buff your car, but be careful not to leave any scratches. Once you’re done with the wash, hand dry using a chamois or microfiber towel.  Wax on, and on, and on… A high-quality wax can go a ... read more

How Does Extreme Heat Affect Vehicles?

How Does Extreme Heat Affect Vehicles?

Yikes! If your dashboard gauge is showing you this, your car could be in serious trouble! Plus, there’s a good chance that you could be stranded on the side of the road. Who wants to spend a single summer day dealing with THIS kind of problem?! The summer heat can really take a toll on your vehicle’s engine, but there are plenty of things you can do to prevent ending up broken down.   During the summer months, we look forward to our road trips, whether it’s for a true vacation or just a simple opportunity to visit friends or family. While that’s great, the summer heat can push your car’s engine over the edge and cause it some serious damage. Not only will your trip be ruined, but your bank account could also take a big hit.   The heat can make your engine work harder to perform. And when it’s hot outside, we want to stay cool inside as we fly down the road. Running our A/C can add strain to our already overworked engine. One way to help ... read more

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Your Car’s A/C System: Your Service Won't Be Cheaper, But The Outcome Will Be Better Due to Accurate Detection

Your Car’s A/C System: Your Service Won't Be Cheaper, But The Outcome Will Be Better Due to Accurate Detection

Summer is upon us and while we love the long summer days and the even the hot sun, the hot sun isn’t so fun if our a/c isn’t up to snuff. The Denver summer sun can be relentless and intense and no one wants to suffer the heat whether on a summer vacation road trip or simply getting to and from work. Lucky for us, the highly trained automotive technicians at Pro Auto Care in Denver & Littleton have the latest equipment and technology developed to be able to precisely pinpoint your auto’s a/c leak or leaks. A/C leaks can be hard to locate and the cost of return visits to your automotive repair shop can start to climb just like the temperatures. The equipment is expensive, so the cost of the repair may be higher than the guys down the street, but you won’t have to come back time and again and it won’t take our ASE-Certified mechanics nearly as long to detect and fix the problem. This technology lets us find even the smallest of holes that older technology ... read more

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Which Is Less Expensive? An Old Car Vs. A New Car

New-car envy is real. Looking at the latest sleek designs and all the latest technology offered today can certainly lead us to shiny-new-car syndrome. It looks so pretty! Yet, if we stop and calculate the impact buying that pretty shiny new car will have on our finances, it certainly should give us pause. There are many reasons to keep the old AND buy the new. But since most of us can’t have both, let’s look at when to hold onto what we already have and when it might just be that time to buy something shinier.   Why keep the old? Well, when it comes to new cars, money is a huge factor and it’s not limited to the actual cost of the new car. New cars increase insurance costs, monthly payments, and the cost of annual tags. This must be one of the biggest factors in determining your decision. Don’t get caught up in how cool it is without considering the long-range impact on your budget. And don’t forget that new cars, on average, decrease in value 22% i ... read more

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APRIL IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH

APRIL IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH

April is National Car Care Month and Pro Auto Care invites you to join us for a free, interactive clinic at our Denver location on Saturday, April 14th from 9:00-11:00 AM, or at our Littleton location the following Saturday, April 21st from 9:00-11:00 AM.   At Pro Auto Care, the family is foremost. We want to do everything we can to keep you and your family informed about important safety aspects when operating your vehicle.  This year our topic is “Auto Care Basics” and it is our goal to educate your teenage driver or anyone wanting more insight on operating your car safely and properly. Recognizing when your car is asking for help is an important step in owning a vehicle.  In this year’s clinic, we will cover everything from changing a flat tire to what your “check engine” light is telling you. We will give you the steps to follow if your car dies and we will get down and dirty about timing belts and exactly what purpose they serve. Let ... read more

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