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How Regular Vehicle Maintenance Saves You Money

How Regular Vehicle Maintenance Saves You Money

It's important to always keep your car in the best shape possible. Routine maintenance will prevent it from being easily damaged, lengthen the life of your vehicle, and save you from expensive repairs down the road. Your car should have optimal amounts of fluid. Low power steering fluid will damage the power steering pump and can break it, resulting in repairs that can cost more than $100 dollars. Windshield washer fluid cleans your windshield so that you will have enough visibility to avoid accidents. It also lubricates the wiper blades and washer fluid pump, keeping them from being damaged. Low amounts of transmission fluid will overheat your transmission and can cause failure. This can damage other parts, such as the torque converter. Transmission replacements are very expensive. Antifreeze coolant, or radiator fluid, is essential for cooling your car's engine and making it last longer. Lastly, low brake fluid may cause your brakes to malfunction, which can result in acci ... read more

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Driving with worn shock absorbers and struts makes your drive uncomfortable and dangerous. Besides, it increases the car's stopping distance, especially on slippery grounds. While other vehicle repairs can wait, failing shocks and struts should be treated as matters of urgency. But how do you know that your shock absorbers and struts are giving in and need some help? The Car Is Unstable on Highway Speeds If your car constantly veers and slides on the highway, you might be dealing with a shock absorber problem. Worn out shocks can make your vehicle overly unstable and hard to control even when driving in mild, windy conditions. The Vehicle Tire Bounces Excessively Failing shock absorbers translate to very bumpy and uncomfortable rides. Your tires tend to bounce, shake and rock a little too hard even over small bumps or potholes. The shock absorbers and struts help regulate the impacts and movement of the car's springs and suspensions. As suc ... read more

Driving Tips and Car Maintenance During Cold Months

Driving Tips and Car Maintenance During Cold Months

Driving in cold weather entails driving on snow and ice sometimes; therefore, there are certain things you should always remember in order to be as careful as possible.   Here are some of our driving tips and car maintenance items to take care of when driving during the cold winter months:   If you are going to set off on a long trip, make sure to share your route with someone before you actually leave.   Have an emergency kit in your car’s trunk.   Check the weather before leaving on a long trip. Besides the weather, check the condition of your car as well.   Check the gas tank, and make sure to keep it more than half full  Check the air pressure in the tires  Check the coolant level   There is such a thing as black ice - the road may seem clear, but that doesn’t mean that it is not slippery.   Ensure that the windows of the car are both defrosted and clear. Also, you have to cl ... read more

My Check Engine Light is On...Is It Serious?

My Check Engine Light is On...Is It Serious?

You're driving your regular route to work and look at your vehicle's dashboard only to see that the dreaded check engine light has turned on. You're secretly hoping that it is an error and that it will turn back off in a few minutes. However, it stays on throughout the day and doesn't seem to be going anywhere. We know this dreaded feeling and the uncertainty that comes along with figuring out a check engine light. You don't know exactly what is wrong with your vehicle, or how serious it could be. You also may not know if you can continue driving. Let's look at some of the potential causes for the check engine light and what you should do as soon as you see it turn on.  There are many different reasons why your check engine light may come on - some of the problems can be minor and others can be more extensive. Even if you are scared of the possible reason why the light is on, it is critical to bring your vehicle into Stang Au ... read more

Fall Vehicle Maintenance Items to Take Care of Now

Fall Vehicle Maintenance Items to Take Care of Now

The fall season brings changing leaves, chilly weather, and spooky celebrations with Halloween around the corner. With the changing season comes changing weather, and after the warm summer, it can be a relief for some to have a bit of a breeze again. During the summer, many people are out driving more often, which can take a toll on our cars. This is why fall vehicle maintenance is so important when it comes to ensuring that you have a safe and reliable vehicle moving into October.  So, when it comes to fall vehicle maintenance, what is most important when it comes to preparing your vehicle for the weather ahead? Let's look at some of the fall maintenance items that you can take care of right now.  Check your tires Your vehicle's tires will become increasingly important on wet roads, so make sure that they have good tread in order to make traction with the pavement in any weather. If the tread looks low all around or is unevenly worn, you may ... read more

Is Your Car A/C or Heater Not Working? Here's Why

Is Your Car A/C or Heater Not Working? Here's Why

To maintain comfort while driving, you expect to be able to easily control the internal temperature of your vehicle. The HVAC in your vehicle allows you to initiate air conditioning or heating. If you ever notice a problem with your vehicle’s climate control system, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle into the experts here at Stang Auto Tech in Broomfield, CO. Our ASE certified experts are experienced and can help with any HVAC system problem that you may be experiencing. We will perform diagnostics to determine the exact cause of the issue and repair your HVAC system back to top working condition.  The HVAC system in your vehicle is very complex. Its job is to take air from outside of your vehicle, filter that air, and then either cool or heat it depending on the setting, and then transfers that air to the inside of your vehicle. If a problem with the A/C or heating occurs, you will notice right away that something is wrong.  If you experience any of the follo ... read more

What Can Go Wrong with My Vehicle's Engine?

What Can Go Wrong with My Vehicle's Engine?

You may have heard about the dreaded engine trouble that can sometimes arise unexpectedly. Maybe you have yet to deal with engine trouble, but understanding what can go wrong and what you can do to prevent it can make a difference when it comes to the longevity of your vehicle and the amount of money you spend on repairs over the years. The best way to avoid engine trouble is to have your vehicle inspected regularly and to stay up-to-date with your vehicle's scheduled maintenance and services. The better you maintain your engine, the less likely you'll find yourself dealing with major issues down the road.  So, what can actually go wrong with your vehicle's engine? Here are some of the most common engine problems:  Clogged radiator Leaky valves or worn pistons Blown head gasket Clogged or dirty oil chambers and valves Faulty oil pump Poor lubrication Bad fuel pump Coolant leak Faulty oxygen sensor Worn spark plugs Missing or loose gas cap These are ju ... read more

Why Do I Experience Car Trouble in the Summer?

Why Do I Experience Car Trouble in the Summer?

Many car owners have noticed that during the warm summer heat, they find that they have to deal with car struggles more often. The warm weather, increase in driving, dry air, and hot roads are all contributing factors to car troubles in the summer. As a result, you may find yourself having to deal with car stresses more often in the heat, and may be wondering how you can help avoid these issues as much as possible.  One issue we find is that some cars have trouble starting after the car has been sitting out in the scorching sun. This typically happens because the engine is too hot and won't start. This Is most often associated with the fuel. The engine is way too hot, making it tough for fuel to circulate properly.  Another reason why you may find yourself having trouble starting your vehicle in the summer is due to a dead battery. Battery life can actually be hindered in the heat because battery fluid can corrode and evaporate faster. If it has been a while since you l ... read more

Important Car Maintenance Items for Summer

Important Car Maintenance Items for Summer

While the summer months brings fun days in the sun, road trips, and vacations, it also means much heavier use of our vehicles. The warm weather can actually take a higher toll on our cars due to the high temperatures and frequency of drives.  As we near the summer months, it is important to take care of certain summer vehicle maintenance. This is especially important as well if you're planning any road trips in the near future. Summer vehicle maintenance will ensure that your vehicle not only avoids major issues throughout the summer, but also keeps you and your family safe on the road wherever you decide to travel to.  Tires Tires are always important to your vehicle's safety, but need to be in good condition especially for long car rides. Check that the tire pressure is correct, because the heat can cause the air in your tires to expand. Also, inspect the tires for an excessive wear. If you do notice excessive wear, you'll want to b ... read more

What is Your Tire Wear Telling You?

Tire wear can be caused by a number of different things, including bad wheel alignment, overinflation, underinflation, bad suspension parts, not rotating your tires, and more. Depending on what is causing the tire wear, you may notice that the wear has a specific pattern or is in a certain spot. This will tell you what might be causing the tire wear and what you need to have fixed. Your vehicle's tires are vital to your car's overall safety, so ensuring that they are in good condition is important. As soon as you notice excessive tire wear, we recommend getting your vehicle into our Broomfield auto repair shop for an inspection.  Let's take a look at some of the common wear patterns and what they suggest:  Toe or Chamber WearThis type of tire wear occurs on the outer or inner edge of your tire. If you notice that one edge of your tire is more worn down than the other edge, this can indicate bad alignment.  Cente ... read more

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