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A Brake Flush Offers Major Benefits

A Brake Flush Offers Major Benefits

  Changing the brake pads isn't the only maintenance task that prolongs their lifespan. Brake flushes are just as significant as any other preventative services. During a brake flush service, all the dirty brake fluid is removed from the brake lines. The dirty brake fluid is replaced with clean fluid to maintain proper traction control and anti-lock brakes' health. Below are three reasons why you should schedule a brake flush during your next service.  Brake fluid degrades over time. Over time, brake fluid will become contaminated with pollutants that can cause its boiling point to decrease. This will cause a major decrease in performance that you may notice over time. In severe cases, the brakes can fail to stop or your vehicle altogether.  Dirty brake fluid attracts moisture and air. Air can become trapped inside the brake pedal. Trapped air will cause your brake pedal to feel spongy and to sink to the floor. Anti-lock braking and traction control can also ... read more

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WHERE TO HAVE YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CHECKED AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE IT

You get in your vehicle, put the key into the ignition, turn it half way, and immediately notice the flash of your check engine light. This daunting, yet often unavoidable light could indicate a myriad of problems, either major or minor. Before you start to panic about what that blaring light may mean, you remember to contact your trusted auto repair shop: Pro Auto Care. It is always better to be on the safe side, especially when it comes to auto repair. When that check engine light comes on, it’s important not to ignore it, as this light could indicate a problem. Unfortunately, “check engine” is a rather broad request, seeing as it doesn’t pinpoint the exact source of trouble. It’s up to a team of competent technicians to troubleshoot the issue and accurately identify the underlying cause of that glow. Auto mechanics, like our team at Pro Auto Care, need to utilize a combination of experience, education, and equipment to accurately determine what is cau ... 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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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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