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The Dreaded Pothole...

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2016 8:55:25 AM / by Kate Young posted in Potholes

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What can Colorado Potholes do to Your Car?

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When it's Time to Change Your Battery...

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 2, 2016 11:07:18 AM / by Kate Young posted in Battery

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You probably know that your car battery is important, especially if you’ve been stranded because your battery died and your car won’t start. The battery is responsible for powering a vehicle’s electrical components, including the starter and ignition system. When you go to start your car, the battery adapts chemical energy into a surge of electricity and then it secures the voltage so the engine can keep running.

Over time, a car battery loses its ability to hold a charge and eventually it will stop functioning altogether, leaving you with an inoperable car. Knowing when to change your car battery can help you avoid getting stranded or stuck on the side of the road. To help you know when it’s time to change your car battery, here is more information about battery lifespan and the warning signs of a dying battery.


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Your Oil Pressure Light Came On...now what?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2016 10:25:24 AM / by Kate Young posted in Oil pressure light

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Each time we turn on the car, most of us only spare a fleeting glance at the dashboard warning indicators… if we even look at them at all. These warning lights can come on at any time and people usually recognize the more common battery light or service required light. But many drivers are less familiar with the oil pressure light, a warning indicator related to your engine oil.

The engine oil plays a major role in engine function, as it lubricates metallic components, reduces friction, and disperses heat from the engine to prevent part damage. To further ensure that the engine functions properly, the engine oil helps trap debris and directs it to the engine oil filter.

The oil pressure warning light usually goes off within a few seconds of turning on your car, but it’s important to pay attention to this light because it could indicate that your engine has lost critical oil pressure.  Low oil pressure could mean that there is too little engine oil in the system, or that the oil pump isn’t distributing oil well enough to keep engine components lubricated.

When the oil light comes on, your car could be losing or burning oil. Low oil levels can result in major engine damage, so it’s essential that you respond quickly and carefully when that small image (one of an oil-can) lights up and stays illuminated. Below are some tips for what to do when your car’s oil pressure light comes on:

 

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5 Tips to Get the Best Spring Car Maintenance

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 27, 2016 1:57:56 PM / by Kate Young posted in Spring travel, Car maintanance

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It’s finally spring in Colorado and we all know that means it’s time for spring cleaning, spring break vacations, and preparations for summer fun. But after months of snow storms and freezing temperatures, it’s also time to take your car in for post-winter maintenance, which is a must if you want your car running well and ready for warm-weather travel. Spring car maintenance is especially necessary in Colorado, where the pot holes have gained widespread notoriety for their size and destructive prowess.

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Should You Invest in Your Car?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2016 5:12:15 PM / by Kate Young posted in Vehicle Maintenance and Tips, car repair, Auto Repair

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If you've had a car for any length of time, at some point you've probably thought to yourself, should I keep paying for maintenance and repairs... or would it be better to just bite the bullet and buy that new one I've been eying on the TV commercials?  I know that I, for one, have played around with the idea... on more than one occasion. 

 

Sure, the thought of a new car can be alluring, but it may be beneficial to step back and truly take a look at the financial implications. Higher monthly car payments, costly insurance premiums, registration fees... a down payment. For most people, including me, it may make more financial sense to maintain an existing car than it does to take on the added expense of a new one. 

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Improve Fuel Economy with a "Modern Day Tune-up" at Aspen Auto Clinic

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 3, 2016 2:39:52 PM / by Greg Bunch posted in Vehicle Maintenance and Tips

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   Did you know that your vehicle works harder in Colorado than anywhere else in the nation?  Between the altitude, the drastic changing temperatures, the hills and mountains, and of course the stop and go traffic, it's downright tough on our vehicles.  If you're noticing that your vehicle does not have the same "get up and go" that it had when it was new, you're not alone.  The ASE Certified Master Technicians at Aspen Auto Clinic, partnered  with BG, have come up with a solution.  We call it the "modern-day tune-up"!

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The Culture of Aspen Auto Clinic: Colorado's Premier Auto Repair Center

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2016 8:58:59 AM / by Kate Young posted in Car Service, car repair, customer service

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The Meeting

It’s 2:58, I have two minutes. I walk quickly. I glance at my reflection in the passing windows; my shirt needs straightening and there’s a faint wrinkle on my freshly pressed slacks. I smooth it over and tuck in my shirt. Deep breath. I pull open the door to the coffee shop.

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Recommended Service Intervals For Your Vehicle

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 31, 2015 7:30:00 AM / by Robbie Kirkland posted in Vehicle Maintenance and Tips

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If you are reading blogs and articles about your vehicle you most likely care about your car and how it runs. No matter how much you care, there can still be those moments when your service technician tells you that the manufacturer of your car or truck recommends some additional service. Your heart races, your blood pressure rises, and your palms may even get sweaty. You start thinking you will have to spend a lot more than you expected.
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Are You Ready For An El Niño Winter?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 4, 2015 5:36:14 AM / by Greg Bunch posted in Car Service

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Weather experts are predicting a very harsh winter for the Front Range of Colorado. While this is great news for skiers and the ski resorts, it can be downright dangerous if you’re not prepared. 

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Honoring Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel on Veterans Day

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2015 7:56:24 PM / by Greg Bunch posted in News From Aspen Auto Clinic

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Veterans Day becomes more and more special to me the older I get.  My father is an Army veteran and my father-in-law was a retired officer in the Air Force.  Many of our employees have previously served, and I am a proud dad of an Air Force veteran.  
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