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Top 5 Vintage Cars

Top 5 Vintage Cars

Who doesn’t love an awesome vintage car? Well, maybe not your 10-year-old who happens to be impressed by the latest Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe, but certainly most of the rest of the world loves a beautifully maintained and restored classic. The 1966 Shelby Cobra cannot be ignored. While this collector car might cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, at least it won’t run you in the millions that many other vintage models would. The horsepower on this baby is phenomenally fun and will keep you zipping down the roads of Denver and Littleton to the envy of all who pass you by. Although, you may want to keep it off the roads until all the snow, rain, and ice have passed US by! While it’s true you can find one of these babies for under $5,000, remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Even if you do buy one on the cheap, putting in a few thousand more to get it running in top condition will only make the investment more worthwhile. This is by ... 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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