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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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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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George Washington High School STEM Team Tours Pro Auto Care

George Washington High School STEM Team Tours Pro Auto Care

  When Pro Auto Care opened its doors more than two decades ago, we did it with intention and purpose. Yes, we absolutely love the automotive repair industry and have a passion for working on cars. But it was more than that. Much more. We care about the people and the communities we serve and we know that we can make a significant difference in the lives of so many. While our intention is to provide quality auto repair service that is steeped in craftsmanship and integrity, our purpose is to serve and improve the lives of those around us where and when possible.Most recently, we were honored to host a walkthrough of our shop for students from the George Washington High School S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Team. Pro Auto Care sponsored their team last year for their trip to the championships in Houston and we are grateful to be able to increase the sponsorship of their team for this year. We know how much this matters and we want to contrib ... read more

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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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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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