Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

Yearly Archives: 2022

Everything to Carry in Your Car's Emergency Kit

Everything to Carry in Your Car's Emergency Kit

With proper car care, you'll rarely run into problems with your car. Break downs are proven to happen less with those that regularly take their car in for maintenance. Regardless of your habits, it is still always best to carry an emergency kit with safety equipment and useful supplies to make the situation less stressful. Here is a complete list of everything to pack in your emergency kit! Cell phone charger Medication First aid kit Owner's manual Emergency contact numbers (roadside assistance, towing company, etc.) Flashlight with batteries Water and non-perishable food Jumper cables Pressure gauge Flares Windshield washer solvent and microfiber cloth Coolant Cat litter Gloves Ice scraper Jack Lug wrench Spare tire Toolkit (including a screwdriver, pliers, tape, and wrench) Umbrella and/or rain jacket Once you set these items aside, you'll feel much more confident handling what comes your way out on the open road. Even if you do experience a mishap her ... read more

Auto Repair Shop vs. Dealership - Where Should You Bring Your Car For Repair?

Auto Repair Shop vs. Dealership - Where Should You Bring Your Car For Repair?

It's almost inevitable that your vehicle will need repairs done at some point. Generally, you want repairs that need to be done so efficiently, expeditiously, and at a price that is reasonable. While you know getting your vehicle repaired is a priority, you may not know exactly where you should take it to have the repairs executed. Is it better to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop or to a dealership? Here are some things to consider when you're looking at where you should take your car for repair. Price The cost of the repairs that you'll need to have done is one thing you should consider. Knowing you'll have to spend some money, you surely don't want to spend more than necessary. When you're looking at prices, it has been shown that dealerships have been known to charge at least $300 more than an auto repair shop. With dealerships, if what needs to be repaired isn't under warranty, it'll cost a lot more getting repaired at a dealership. Parts ... read more

Important Areas of Your Car to Check During the Winter

Important Areas of Your Car to Check During the Winter

The winter in Denver, CO and Littleton, CO can present many different hazards for your car rides. But sometimes you don't have a choice if you need to go to work or run errands for the family. To ensure you, your passengers, and others on the road are safe, there are certain vehicle items that you should pay attention to this season! Windshield, Windows, and Mirrors Before driving, please make sure all these areas are clean and clear of fogginess and ice. You'll need your defrosters to work, and you can utilize an ice scraper to get rid of the frost quicker. All these need to be clear for you to see your surroundings properly. Heater Not only is comfortability a factor, but your heater and defrosters come from the same place. You're going to need the defrosters to defog your car's glass surfaces. Windshield Wipers Speaking of visibility, you may need to freshen up your windshield wiper blades. After months of use, you should replace your wiper blades so they can c ... read more

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Pulling in One Direction

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Pulling in One Direction

You may be concerned if you start veering to one side when you're driving straight. The first thing to remember is not to panic. While it isn't a common symptom to experience, you aren't the first person to experience this issue. If you can't drive straight in your car, it usually means that you're experiencing one of these five issues: Uneven Tire Pressure Uneven tire pressure can often cause your car to pull, and it is a simple problem to fix. When your tire pressure is too low or high, it can cause the height of your vehicle to shift. However, if you continue to have deflation issues, you may have a bigger problem at hand. Misaligned Wheels One of the most common explanations for a car pulling off to the side is misaligned wheels. In addition to this symptom, you may also notice a crooked steering wheel. Thankfully, a professional mechanic can correct this problem with proper wheel alignment. You'll want to have this done ASAP to avoid premature tire wear ... read more

Show Your Vehicle Some Love This Valentine's Day!

Show Your Vehicle Some Love This Valentine's Day!

The truth is that most vehicle owners take their cars for granted. Most of us use our vehicles day in and day out, but when it comes time to get it serviced, we try to push it off. To ensure your car continues to serve you well, why not give your sweet lift some love for the holiday. Below are some ways that you can show appreciation for your car this Valentine's Day: Wash and clean your car Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can avoid getting your car washed. If it's been a while since your last car wash, we recommend having it detailed. Getting the inside clean is just as important as the outside.  Monitor your tire pressure  Your tire pressure expands and contracts seasonally, so it would be wise to check them and adjust your psi accordingly. The recommended pressure is usually listed in the doorjamb on the driver's side or in the vehicle's manual. Underinflated and overinflated tires can result in uneven tire wear and even impact your mi ... read more