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Signs You are Due for a Wheel Alignment

Having your wheels aligned properly is important to both the overall drivability of your vehicle and the safety of your car. The correct wheel alignment will ensure that you can properly control your car and will protect the overall integrity of the tires, suspension system, and more.  What is a wheel alignment? A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of your vehicle’s tires to manufacturer specifications so that your car essentially drives straight. When your wheels aren't aligned right, certain tires can start to wear down excessively and unevenly. It can also cause damage to steering and suspension components, depending on how servery your wheels are unaligned.  Your vehicle's manufacturer will typically provide a recommendation for how often your car needs a wheel alignment, however it usually is around every 6,000 miles or once a year or two. Hitting potholes, debris, curbs, or getting into minor accidents can also cause you to lose w ... read more

What Do I Do if My Car Breaks Down?

Many of us never want to find ourselves in the situation of a car breakdown. It seems to always happen at the worst time and can be very stressful if it ends up happening on a highway. We understand that this situation can be scary, but understand what steps to take and how to best handle the situation can help you stay safe and get your car fixed as soon as possible.  The first thing you need to do is try to get your vehicle over to the side of the road safely or out of traffic. A car breakdown can put you at risk for car accidents if you are in a dangerous spot, so understanding your surroundings is important. Here are some helpful tips on what to do if you car breaks down:  Turn on your emergency lights. This will indicate to other drivers on the road that something is wrong and will allow others to take precaution when driving around your vehicle.    If you feel your car breaking down, get over to the side of the road in a safe area as soon as pos ... read more

What to Inspect Before A Long Car Trip

If you're planning a long car journey any time soon, one thing you should put at the top of your planning list is a vehicle inspection and service. Long drives can take a toll on our vehicles, and if your car is due for service, getting that taken care of before hitting the road is vital when it comes to avoiding vehicle breakdowns and issues along the way.  At Pro Auto Care, we can assist with making sure that your car is all set for the long journey and is up to date will all important services. Be sure to have an inspection completed at least a week before your planned trip, just in case you do need a repair completed before you hit the road. Here are some things to have inspected before a long car trip: All fluids and motor oil Belts & hoses Brake system Cooling system Steering & suspension Alignment Tires Exterior lights A/C/heating So before you head out on your next road trip, be sure to stop by the professionals here at Pro Auto Care for professional ... read more

What Causes Squeaking Noises While Pressing the Brakes?

If you notice that your brakes are squeaking or squealing when you press down on the pedal, you may want to have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Brake squealing is common and can be caused by a number of different conditions, including worn down brake pads, warped rotors, glazed brake pads, and more.  If you do suspect an issue with your brakes, the experts here at Pro Auto Care have got you covered. Any brake issue should be inspected as soon as possible, just in case the problem is severe. You never want to be stuck with faulty brakes on the road, so being proactive and getting any brake issues taken care of when they occur is important.  Some common brake problems include:  Brake warning is on Squealing, squeaking or grinding noises Vibrating when braking Leaking underneath vehicle Spongy brake pedal Car pulls to one side while braking Burning smell after braking Bouncing excessively after stopping If you're experiencing any of ... read more

Best Local Road Trips Out Of Denver

Best Local Road Trips Out Of Denver

August is a great time for a road trip out of Denver. While there’s plenty of fabulous activities right here in town, it can be nice to hit the road and see what else this fabulous state has to offer. This can be a pretty hot time of the year, so make sure your air conditioner is working well and that you have all the accouterments you need to keep your cell phone and GPS going strong.  If you're looking to stay semi-close, consider heading down to Colorado Springs for a day or two. The Garden of the Gods is spectacular and wonderful for hiking or simply sitting in awe. Pikes Peak is waiting for your sturdy hiking boots, but make sure you hydrate like crazy and watch for signs of altitude sickness. Nothing spoils a road trip like a trip to the ER. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo might surprise you with all the animals it has to offer. There’s so much more to do and see in Colorado Springs, but this should get you started here. Head on up to Fort Collins for a brewery tour ... read more

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How to Change a Tire While Traveling with Kiddos

Traveling with kiddos is a great way for you to create memories with them and for them to make their own inside jokes and memories with each other. It’s easy to travel with kids fun until suddenly you get a flat tire. Kids are always so curious and will want to get out and see what happened while asking you a million questions. Prepare for any situation by following these tips and tricks for dealing with emergencies while traveling with kids.  When you first start to feel the tugging and pulling of your tire going out to try your best not to panic. Panicking will only strike fear in the kids and often followed by crying. Say something indicating you just need to pull over to the side of the road real quick in a calm voice.  Make sure to pull over into a safe spot so your kids won’t be in danger if they try to get out of the car, avoid the median of the road. If your roadside assistance isn’t handy before you get into your car put it in a place that is easi ... read more

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer Driving

Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer Driving

You’ve cleaned out your car, throwing away all the accumulated and random receipts, food wrappers, and stale bits of food. The car is vacuumed, washed, and even waxed. You put so much effort into making it look good, but don’t forget what’s even more important than your car’s fashion sense: everything else! As we head into summer, the sun in the mile-high city becomes harsh and it’s important that we prepare accordingly.  Your car is clean but don’t forget about your tires and brakes. When was your last oil change? It’s time to bring your vehicle into the pros at Pro Auto Care in Denver and Littleton to give it the attention it deserves. We will check fluids, all lighting, brakes, and more to ensure that your car is summer-worthy. Some of the checks you can do on your own, but if you see, hear or smell something off then bring it into our talented team of well-trained auto mechanics.  Take a moment and run your AC to listen for odd ... read more

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Littleton Shop -- Remodel News!

Littleton Shop -- Remodel News!

Pro Auto Care in Littleton, Colorado has some exciting news! Our remodel is complete and we are excited about the new look and feel inside our auto repair shop.   Why did we chose to remodel? Pro Auto Care has has proudly served the Littleton and Denver communities for many years. But over time, our auto repair shop has started showing its age. Our waiting area wasn’t as comfortable as we wanted it to be, customers would have to sit near a high-traffic lane, and the bathrooms weren’t as pristine as we desired. So, we opted to do a remodel so we could have a new, comfy space with nicer seating and sparkling clean restrooms!   Waiting area BEFORE the remodel:   Waiting area AFTER the remodel:         What new things can customers expect from this remodel? Besides more comfortable seating in our waiting area, we have upgraded other items, too. Our Littleton shop now offers higher speed wifi, coffee, snacks, a water bar, and a refrige ... read more

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Keeping The Women We Care About Safe on the Road

Keeping The Women We Care About Safe on the Road

In the insurance industry, women are known as the "safer" driver and less likely to be in a car accident. Unfortunately, women drivers are also known for being more vulnerable by a majority of criminals. Women are more likely to be victims of crimes like hijacking, sexual assault, and worse. It's important to keep the women we care about safe both on and off the road. No matter what gender you are you should always take precautions when driving to ensure top safety for yourself and others.  As a driver, you should always be prepared for any situation that might occur while driving. To start, you should have a well-maintained car to avoid breakdowns or blown tires. To reduce your risk of being a damsel in distress, learn how to perform basic maintenance, so you don't have to ask a stranger for help. This could be learning how to change a tire, jump-starting a battery, or changing the windshield wiper blades. If you are going on a long trip make sure to stop in yo ... read more

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Why Preventative Maintenance Matters

Why Preventative Maintenance Matters

Preventive maintenance:  We call it “Keeping your old car NEW!” It is so easy to neglect the auto care needs of our vehicles because we tend to take their performance for granted. Every day you go out to your car and it starts. Every day after work you slide in behind the wheel and it starts. It gets you to work on time, to the grocery store, to your favorite concert, to your mom’s house for Easter. See what I mean? It’s easy to assume that your car will just keep running. While that’s a lovely dream, it’s definitely not based in reality. In fact, when we neglect our vehicles, they can leave us stranded on the side of the road and very, very late for that all-too-important meeting. Oh no! Thank goodness for the auto repair team at Pro Auto Care in Denver and Littleton. They absolutely know the value of preventative maintenance. They also know that when done in a timely and regular manner, not only can it keep you from gettin ... read more

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