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Yearly Archives: 2018

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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