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Northern Colorado Auto Repair Service in Greeley, CO

Another Northern Colorado Winter is rapidly approaching and you know what that means! Extreme drops in temperature, subzero wind chill, snow and ice are just some of the challenges we as Colorado drivers face during the upcoming season and your vehicle takes the brunt of it all. If you’re due for routine maintenance or repair, it’s imperative that those items be completed before the weather gets worse as Front Range weather conditions and drastic weather changes can cause that small issue in your car to rapidly magnify into a much bigger issue. It’s also a good idea to complete a simple self-prep to your vehicle to ensure it’s in tip-top condition all winter long. Check out these auto service tips from the experts at Autotailor.

Tires Service Center & Sales

Check your tires for thread depth and air pressure. Overtime your tires become worn out and the thread depth becomes uneven. It’s important to check the depth to make sure your tire can keep traction and avoid slips on wet and icy roads. Air pressure is just as important! When the temperature drops by 10 degrees your tires drop a pound of air. Check your tires and spare tires when the temperature changes drastically. Need or replace the tires on your car, truck or van? Autotailor provides a complete line of brand name tires all competitively priced. Call us today to schedule your tire service appointment!

Car Battery Service

A battery tends to last up to 3 years. If you’re nearing that life cycle you should bring your car to our auto repair center in Greeley, CO to ensure it’s fully charged. If the battery isn’t fully charged it can freeze and die when the temperature drops. One of our certified Greeley Autotailor technicians can check if you need to recharge or buy a new battery.

Automotive Oil Change

You should regularly bring your vehicle in for routine auto repair services and an oil changes. However, if you haven’t kept up with it, the time to change it is now! The oil is what keeps your car running smoothly and efficiently! When first placed in your car it’s thin and a light honey color. Overtime the oil becomes contaminated, which causes it to thicken and become sticky. This makes the engine in your car work harder, and may lead to expensive auto service repairs.

Heating System Repair

When you have to get up early on cold mornings you want make sure you’re at least warm in the car. Now is the time to make sure that the air system is working properly and that your filters are changed. Not sure what to look for or think your car may be having issues? Give us a call! Autotailor in Greeley, CO can help!

Headlight Replacement

Cold and snowy weather can bring foggy, freezing visibility to your drive. Check and replace your bulbs and headlights at our Greeley auto service center. We even provide headlight restoration services to ensure you have clear sight of the road.

Summer Driving Tips

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Summer is coming, the kids will be out of school, the sun will be out, and it’ll be time for a vacation. Whether you’re planning a long trip or simply need to keep your car running for one more summer, there is going to be a risk of the engine overheating. In addition, long trips with heavy loads can quickly use up gas, so it’s best to play it safe this summer.

Here are a few summer driving tips to get you started.

Tune Up the Vehicle

Of main concern when driving in the summer is the risk of the engine overheating since that can very quickly ruin your car. Preventing this begins with an automotive checkup. Mainly, you’ll want to look at:

  • The engine cooling system, including the radiator, coolant levels, belts and hoses, fans, water pump, thermostat, and the heater core
  • Your tires, especially since long trips will put a massive strain on them
  • The steering, suspension, and transmission systems
  • The oil
  • Air conditioning, which is connected to the engine cooling system on certain models

The majority of car breakdowns can be prevented with proper vehicle maintenance, so making sure your car gets the service it needs prior to heading out on vacation is an absolute must.

Watch Your Speed

On trips where you’re carrying a heavy load (such as a trailer for a camping excursion), you’re putting a lot of strain on your car. Slowing down a little will help keep your engine from overheating from the sheer power it takes to haul that much weight around, often against the wind or uphill. In addition, you’ll not only keep your engine from overheating, but you’ll also save on gas.

Watch the Temperature Gauge

The temperature gauge is there for a reason. If you notice the indicator starting to rise, there are a few things you can do to prevent a disaster. These include:

  • Turn on the heat: This will divert some of the heat from the engine into the cabin. The drive may get uncomfortable, but doing this can prevent a breakdown.
  • Slow down: Again, the weight your car has to move around will put strain on the engine, causing it to work harder and overheat. Reduce speed and let the engine cool off a little.
  • Pull over: If the indicator is reaching the red zone, pull over and let the engine cool. Otherwise, you run the risk of causing it to overheat, which will ruin the engine and result in costly repairs, not to mention a huge damper on your vacation.

Keeping an eye on the temperature gauge will help ensure you get to your destination safely without the need for repairs.

Pack for an Emergency

Finally, before you get out on the road this summer, pack a few items in the trunk, such as:

  • Extra coolant
  • Extra oil
  • A spare tire
  • Duct tape
  • Tools
  • Flares
  • A jack

Another thing that probably goes without saying is to keep your cell phone handy while driving. Just don’t use it until you pull over.

With the right precautions, you can make sure your car makes it through the summer without a hitch. If it does break down, packing a few emergency items will at least ensure you get the help you need while keeping everyone safe.

The Importance of Fuel System Cleaning

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Is your car acting sluggish or slow to accelerate? Have you noticed your gas mileage decreasing and find yourself filling up more than normal? If so, it might be time to get a fuel system cleaning. It’s an often-overlooked maintenance element, but it can have huge effects on helping your car reach its optimal driving performance and fuel efficiency.

Fuel is obviously very important to your car, but it can also be the reason for uneven performance. As you drive, fuel injectors spray an incredibly fine line of fuel into the engine, much smaller than a grain of sand. That fuel is ignited and puts your car in motion. When you adjust the gas pedal, you are adjusting the amount of fuel that runs through the fuel system, and over time that wear and use can cause problems with performance, efficiency, and speed. Varnish and fuel deposits can build up over time, creating a fuel system that is lined with sludge. Similar in the way plaque builds up on your teeth and can affect the rest of your mouth, fuel buildup can affect the rest of your car’s performance.

It can be a little unnerving to realize such an important part of your car is running under less-than-ideal circumstances, but a periodic fuel system cleaning can set things straight again and is relatively simple. Most mechanics perform the cleaning in three steps: typically by running a series of cleaners through different parts of the fuel system and hand cleaning all of the parts to remove every bit of residue. In many cases, fuel system cleaning alerts technicians to the need for a fuel filter replacement, but that can also easily be taken care of at the same time.

Most mechanics recommend you get a fuel system cleaning every 12,000-15,000 miles, but you can definitely get them more often if you notice performance issues with your car. Some car types and designs are more sensitive to buildup in the fuel system, but if your car won’t benefit as much from the service, you can spread out your maintenance. Check with your mechanic to see where your car falls.

Regular maintenance, especially on the ever-important fuel components of your car, can greatly extend the life of the vehicle and save you money on gas and maintenance in the long run.

Four Signs It’s Time for a Vehicle Alignment

vehicle-alignmentEveryday driving, traffic, and uneven roads naturally wear on your car’s tires and alignment, so even the world’s best drivers still face alignment issues. The issue isn’t with the tires, but rather with the suspension of the car that causes tires to tilt or bow in or out. Normal driving can cause parts of the suspension to rotate, tweak, or bend. Alignment is measured by the angles of your tires from the side and from the top of the car. Once you’ve had your car aligned, you will likely be able to tell a big difference in the ease of driving and the car’s overall performance.

An unaligned car leads to uneven tire wear, which can cause tires to lose tread much quicker than they would in an aligned car. For the good of your car and your wallet, taking the preventative measure of having your vehicle aligned can save hundreds of dollars and prolong the life of your tires.

Here are four signs that your car is in need of an alignment:

  1. Uneven tire wear. One of the easiest ways to tell if your car is unaligned is to check the tire tread. Ideally, tires will wear evenly on all sides. A car in need of an alignment will have fairly obvious wear that is uneven between the edges of the tire.
  2. Vehicle pulling to the side. If you notice your car naturally pulling to the left or right, it’s probably time for an alignment. A properly aligned car will drive straight when the steering wheel is straight, but an unaligned car might drift to the side with a straight steering wheel or require lots of correction.
  3. Vibrating steering wheel. If your steering wheel is working hard to keep your car moving straight when the wheel isn’t centered, it is common for the steering wheel to vibrate or hum.
  4. It’s been 6,000 miles. There isn’t a warning light or any kind of alignment notification from your car, but most manufacturers recommend getting your car aligned every 6,000 miles or so. Before going through with the entire alignment, have a mechanic check your suspension to see if it is need of an alignment.

 

A vehicle alignment is an easy way to prolong the life of your tires, make your car more enjoyable to drive, and help balance things out on rough roads. It doesn’t take much effort or maintenance to make a big difference.

Brake Fluid Testing – Is It Necessary?

When you are tackling the roads of Greeley on a daily basis, you may give little thought on considering the level of your brake fluid. This is a big mistake as this seemingly insignificant fluid in your vehicle can have a big impact on the safety of you, your loved ones and other drivers. To stay on top of things it is important that you have brake fluid testing carried out and levels topped off when needed.

 

Brake fluid testing is the process of testing for moisture in the brake fluid of a vehicle. The only standard way of carrying out this testing is to boil the brake fluid.

 

Checking Your Brake Fluid for Moisture

 

On the back of every brake fluid bottle, there is a chart demonstrating the dry and wet boiling points of all the different grades of brake fluid. Manufacturers of the brake fluid use a test procedure known as the Equilibrium Reflux Boiling Point to find out the boiling point of the brake fluid. As brake fluid testing is performed in a laboratory, this process can take hours to start and complete.

 

The quickest way of performing the brake fluid test can be achieved by making use of a tester, which is designed to test the boiling point of the brake fluid in the vehicle within 30 seconds with digital precision. It performs well on all grades of the brake fluid and shows exactly what level the brake fluid has boiled at, and what the minimums of the Department of Transportation are for each grade. This simplifies the process of changing the brake fluid for the customer and the technician.

 

Once the vehicle’s brake fluid has been changed, the workshop can offer to test the brake fluid again by making use of the tester, to clearly demonstrate the improved effects on the new brake fluid. Consumers should also be aware that the new brake fluid from a conserved bottle can be used for each brake change.

 

 Get Yours Tested Today

 

The brake fluid is an item for the safety of the vehicle as well as for the driver. However, most drivers in Greeley, Colorado do not know the importance of the brake fluid test! They know about their oil and windshield wiper fluid, but both repair garages and vehicle manufacturers have mostly ignored the brake fluid test, which is not safe for both the vehicle and the driver. If it has been a while since you had your brake fluid levels checked, get yours checked today!

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