Last week I brought my car in to Aspen Auto Clinic. I had started to notice that the driver's side tire wasn't holding air like it's supposed too, my brakes felt different and that there was a weird (clanking) noise that radiated from the hood whenever I turned the ignition. I got a babysitter for my year old daughter and just prayed that I would make it to Aspen without ending up on the side of the road. Thankfully, I did.
You’ve decided that it’s time for an upgrade. It’s one of those decisions that most of us have made at one point or another in our lives. But what’s next for the old jalopy? Should you trade it in? Should you sell it? Private party or by accepting an offer through a third party site like Kelley Blue Book or Cars.com?
There are a few things you should consider before making your decision.
Shocks and Struts are an integral part of your car’s suspension system. They play a key role in keeping the tires and wheels of your vehicle grounded on the road for greater stability and provide smooth steering, precision handling and passenger comfort.
Shock absorbers work to keep the car from bouncing. Struts are a structural part of the suspension system that provide the foundation on which to mount the coil spring which is what maintains the height of the vehicle. The shocks and struts work in tandem to ensure the safety, performance, and comfort of the vehicle.
- Healthy Shocks and Struts ensure the safety, performance, and comfort of the vehicle
- Shocks and Struts are integral components of your vehicle's anatomy and they need checked every 50,000 miles
What can Colorado Potholes do to Your Car?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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"!
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.