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Summer Trips are Near – Does Your Vehicle Need Wheel Alignment

Before heading out for a vacation or a road trip, it’s a good idea to check your vehicle’s wheel alignment. Misaligned wheels result in accelerated tire wear. It’s easy to clock thousands of miles over the summer, so the wear and tear on the tires can be substantial. At South Denver Automotive we offer complete tire care, including new tires and wheel alignment. While there are symptoms that alert you to the need for wheel alignment: uneven tire wear, vibrations while driving, or car pulling to one side, it’s best to bring your vehicle to South Denver Automotive, and let our nationally ASE certified technicians perform alignment check, and while we have your vehicle in the shop, we can also check condition of the tires, and perform tire rotation so you vehicle will be ready for the summer fun. Wheel alignment is performed by our highly experienced technicians using computerized alignment machines that can measure alignment accuracy to a level greater than what ... read more


Check Engine Light Repairs Top 10 in 2023

At South Denver Automotive we offer comprehensive auto care, including check engine light diagnostics and repairs. Check engine light (CEL) is a warning light that can come "on" for a variety of reasons; actually, hundreds of conditions can cause the onboard computer to turn on the CEL. CarMD.com, a company that provides car owners with information about check engine light repairs, has been providing yearly studies of the top reasons for the check engine light warning. After analyzing over 15 million reports submitted in 2023, here is what they found: 1) Catalytic converter replacement – unfortunately catalytic converter thefts continue across the country, hence catalytic converter replacement is the first item on the list. 2) Oxygen sensor replacement – when thieves steal catalytic converters, they often damage other components - oxygen sensor is ... read more


How Colorado Potholes Are Wrecking Your Car's Alignment This Spring

How Colorado Potholes Are Wrecking Your Car's Alignment This Spring

Springtime in Colorado brings beautiful scenery and warmer weather, but it also brings something less desirable—potholes. These road hazards can wreak havoc on your car's alignment, causing a range of issues that can affect your driving experience and safety. The Problem with Colorado Potholes As the snow and ice melt away, they reveal the damage left behind on the roads—potholes of all shapes and sizes. These craters form when water seeps into cracks in the pavement, freezing and expanding and then thawing, leaving gaps. As cars drive over these weakened spots, the pavement collapses, creating potholes that can vary in depth and severity. How Potholes Affect Your Car's Alignment When you hit a pothole, your car's suspension system absorbs the impact to protect you and your vehicle. However, this can throw off your car's alignment, causing ... read more


Your Car Maintenance Checklist Before A Colorado Mountain Adventure

Your Car Maintenance Checklist Before A Colorado Mountain Adventure

Embarking on a mountain adventure in Colorado is an exciting experience that promises breathtaking views and unforgettable memories. It's crucial to ensure that your vehicle is in top condition before traveling through the Rocky Mountains to handle rugged terrain and changing weather conditions. Check Your Fluids Checking fluid levels is the most critical step in maintaining your vehicle's performance and efficiency, particularly in high-altitude environments. Before your Colorado mountain adventure, check your engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid levels, topping up as needed.  Ensure that your windshield washer fluid is also topped up, as visibility can be compromised by dust, mud, or inclement weather conditions in the mountains. Keeping your fluids at optimal levels will help prevent overheating, engine damage, and other mechanical issues during ... read more


7 Signs Of Cooling System Problems

7 Signs Of Cooling System Problems

You're cruising down the road, enjoying the breeze through the windows, when suddenly, you notice something alarming—the temperature gauge creeping into the red zone. Your vehicle's cooling system is crucial for maintaining optimal engine temperature, and when it malfunctions, it can spell trouble. 1. Rising Temperature Gauge One of the most obvious indicators of cooling system issues is a rising temperature gauge on your dashboard. If you notice the needle creeping toward the red zone or a warning light illuminating, it's a clear signal that your engine is running hotter than it should be. Ignoring this warning could lead to engine damage or even complete failure, so it's crucial to address it promptly. 2. Leaking Coolant Coolant, also known as antifreeze, plays a vital role in regulating engine temperature. If you spot a pudd ... read more


Timing and Auxiliary Belt - What Is The Difference

Timing and Auxiliary Belt - What Is The Difference

When delving into the world of car maintenance, two critical components often come up: the timing belt and the auxiliary belt. While they might seem similar, these belts play distinct roles in your vehicle's functionality.  The Timing Belt The timing belt, also known as a camshaft drive belt, is integral to the internal combustion engine's operation. It's responsible for synchronizing the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. This synchronization is crucial as it ensures the engine's valves open and close at the correct times during each cylinder's intake and exhaust strokes. Key Features of the Timing Belt: Material: Usually made from high-quality rubber with high-tensile fibers. Location: Located inside the engine and often requires disassembly of parts of the engine to access. Function: Synchronizes the engine's valves with the piston movements. Maintenance ... read more


Unusual Traffic Laws That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

Unusual Traffic Laws That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

As drivers, we're accustomed to following a set of well-established traffic laws and regulations to ensure road safety and order. However, some traffic laws from around the world leave us wondering if they were concocted in a parallel universe. We'll explore the bizarre, amusing, and outright perplexing traffic laws that exist in various corners of the globe.     The Elephant Dilemma Ever wondered what to do if you encounter an elephant on the road? In some parts of Africa, drivers are required to yield the right of way to these massive creatures. It's a reminder that traffic laws can vary significantly from one region to another.  Also read: 5 Telltale Signs It's Time for a Diagnostic Check     Don't Run Out of Gas in Germany In Germany, it's against the law to run ou ... read more


How Does The Brake System Work?

How Does The Brake System Work?

Ever wondered what magic occurs when you press your foot down on the brake pedal and your vehicle obediently slows to a halt? It's not magic, but rather an impressive symphony of mechanical components working in harmony to ensure your safety.    The Basics - A Lesson in Physics and Friction Braking is all about converting kinetic energy (the energy of your moving car) into thermal energy (heat). This transformation is achieved primarily through friction. When you press down on the brake pedal, a lever pushes a piston into a cylinder filled with hydraulic brake fluid. This fluid travels through lines to other cylinders positioned next to the brakes on each wheel.   Disc Brakes In disc brake systems, which are commonly found in most modern vehicles, the hydraulic pressure forces a caliper to squeeze pairs of pads against a ... read more


How To Keep Your Lexus Performing At Its Best

How To Keep Your Lexus Performing At Its Best

Owning a Lexus is more than a symbol of luxury and dependability. To ensure it continues to deliver an exceptional driving experience for years to come, it's essential to prioritize its maintenance and care. From routine servicing to adopting specific practices that optimize its performance, nurturing your Lexus goes beyond mere upkeep—it's a testament to your commitment to excellence. Explore the essential strategies and insider tips with us down below that will keep your Lexus performing at its absolute best, empowering you to revel in the unrivaled combination of luxury and performance! Regular Maintenance and Servicing Regular maintenance and servicing are crucial in preserving your Lexus's peak performance. Adhere to the manufacturer's recommended service schedule and ensure that oil changes, filter replacements, and fluid top-ups are conduc ... read more


5 Telltale Signs It's Time for a Diagnostic Check

5 Telltale Signs It's Time for a Diagnostic Check

Your vehicle is more than just a mode of transportation; it's a sophisticated machine with an intricate network of systems and components working in harmony to get you from point A to point B. Yet, like any finely tuned instrument, your car may sometimes send out distress signals, quietly asking for attention. These signals often manifest as peculiar symptoms or malfunctions that require a closer look through a diagnostic procedure. Understanding the Diagnostic Procedure A diagnostic procedure, in the context of automotive care, is like a health check-up for your car. It involves connecting specialized diagnostic tools to your vehicle's onboard computer systems to identify and pinpoint issues. These tools read error codes and provide valuable data to trained technicians, allowing them to diagnose problems accurately. In essence, it's a vital step in ensuring your car's optimal performance and reliability. Now, let's explore the seven signs that i ... read more


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