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Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

Auto technicians are in high demand- which may mean more expensive vehicle repairs

A national shortage of auto technicians may make it more expensive to get your car fixed. The Colorado Department of Labor estimates the demand for auto technicians in the state will increase by 12.5 percent over the next nine years; an overall increase of about 1,500 jobs. "I've had a b-tech position open for over two years," Marc Zandell, owner of Golden Triangle Auto Care said. "We use Indeed, we use Craigslist. I even tell my parts vendors that if they bring somebody to me, I'll give them 300 dollars." Zandell says finding younger employees who are qualified has been a challenge. "The industry is aging, most of the good techs are on the older side," Zandell said. "A lot of kids coming out of high school today, we want to work on computers... You're still working on computers, but it's not at a bench. It's under a car." According to the Colorado Department of Labor, the average master technician salary in 2017 was ... read more

Most Common Car Leaks and What They Indicate

A leak underneath your vehicle can have many different reasons, some more serious than others. If you do happen to notice a leak underneath your vehicle, the best thing is to make note of the color, consistency, and location of the leak. This will help your auto mechanic pinpoint the issue, since a leak can come from many different components.  Here are common car leak colors and what they can indicate: Clear - Clear liquid is just condensation from the air conditioning system, and is nothing to worry about.  Red - Red fluid can indicate a leak of transmission or power steering fluid, caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in a line between systems.  Pink - Pink fluid usually is power steering fluid or transmission fluid, similar to red.  Orange - Orange can indicate leaking antifreeze or just regular condensation that is rusty from the radiator. Transmission fluid can also look orange if it is old and dirty. Yellow - Yellow fluid can indicate a radiat ... read more

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