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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

We Are Open - Please Read Our COVID-19 Procedures for Service

We Are Open - Please Read Our COVID-19 Procedures for Service

Here at Stang Auto Tech, we understand the growing uncertainty as our country and state experience rapid COVID-19 spreading. We understand how important you and your family's health is, just as how important the health of our family members and staff is. We want to do our part in preventing the further spread of COVID-19 while also being there for you during this tough time when you need auto repair and services.  In order to abide by CDC guidelines and to keep our community safe, we have implemented temporary guidelines to protect the health of our customers and our staff and to prevent the virus from spreading. Rest assured, we are still open for business and can assist with any auto repairs, services, or concerns you may have.  Our new procedures for COVID-19 are as follows: We are taking appointments by call, text, email, or through our online appointment form. We will follow up with you to confi ... read more

What is a Transmission Fluid Service?

It's no secret how important your vehicle's transmission is to the overall operation of your car. This is why it is so important to properly maintain your vehicle's transmission and stay on top of the services it needs to work with efficiency. If you've been a vehicle owner for at least 5 years, you've probably heard of a transmission fluid service or had one performed. However, do you know what it actually does and how important it is? Lets take a look at what a transmission fluid service consists of and why it is important to the overall operated of your car.  Did you know that according to the Automotive Transmission Rebuilders Association that over 90% of automatic transmission failures are due to overheating? It's true, and your transmission fluid is a huge part of keeping your transmission running at an optimal temperature.  Transmission fluid has many different jobs, including (most importantly) lubricating and cooling your transmission ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Oxygen Sensor?

The oxygen sensor in your vehicle has the job of measuring oxygen levels in the exhaust gases that are emitted from the engine. This needs to be monitored because your car needs to run on a specific air to fuel ratio. It also helps ensure that the timing of the engine and fuel injection process is correct. An oxygen sensor failure isn't uncommon, and can happen with aging vehicles. It may be the reason that your vehicle won't pass emissions testing. When it does fail, it has a negative impact on the environment and your overall engine performance.  The following are some the symptoms that can indicate a failing oxygen sensor:  Check engine light is on Poor fuel efficiency Engine runs rough Smell of rotten eggs Engine idles and misfires If you do happen to notice any of the signs above, don't hesitate to give us a call here at Stang Auto Tech. Oxygen sensors typically need to be replaced between every 60,000 miles and 90,000 miles. It may also need to be repl ... read more

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