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Driving Tips and Car Maintenance During Cold Months

Driving Tips and Car Maintenance During Cold Months

The experience of driving during winter is different from all other seasons. It's tough, to say the least. The fog, icy roads, heavy snow, freezing temperatures, to mention but a few, make driving such a daunting task. However, all is not lost. You can still do something about it. This article is to help you prepare better. Driving Tips During WinterClean Your Windshield Your windshield will frequently get iced during winter. If you do not clean it, you will have a hard time driving. You will also be putting your life at risk and that of the other road users because your visibility is poor. Use an ice scrapper to clean your windshield. If you don't have it, use a credit card or something similar. You can also pour tap water on the windshield using a hosepipe to melt the ice away. Turn Your Headlights On Visibility is a big deal during winter because of the rain and fog. For a better visibility, turn on your headlight ... read more

How to Winterize Your Vehicle

How to Winterize Your Vehicle

Getting your vehicle prepared for the winter months is necessary when it comes to keeping it reliable in the cold weather. From icy roads to falling snow, making sure that certain safety features are in top working condition will help keep you safe on the road. Getting stuck in the snow is never a fun time, and driving in certain weather conditions with a poorly maintained vehicle can put you at risk for an accident.  There are several steps that you can follow that will help keep you prepared for the winter months ahead. Let’s look at some of our top recommendations to follow starting this month before the Holidays:  One thing to check is your car’s battery. A battery that hasn’t been replaced in a few years can be at risk of losing enough power in low temperatures to cause your vehicle not to start. A test at our shop can tell you if your car battery can still hold its charge and if not, it’s time to replace it before the temperatures drop even fur ... read more

Are Factory Recommended Services Important?

Are Factory Recommended Services Important?

Vehicle maintenance is essential when it comes to your safety on the road. Factory recommended services are something that most car owners have heard, but may not fully understand what they are. The easiest way to think about it is that they are services that your vehicle manufacturer recommends at certain mileage or time intervals. These recommendations are based on estimations of how long certain parts will last and how often certain maintenance items will be needed to keep your vehicle running at its best. Factory recommendations are based on a number of things, including keeping you safe at all times, keeping warranties valid, making sure your vehicle stays reliable on the road, and helping you protect the overall integrity of your vehicle. These services are also planned out in order to help save you money on repairs over time. That is why it is in your best interest overall to stay current with these services.  If you reference your vehicle’s owne ... read more

How Can I Prepare My Vehicle for the Rain?

How Can I Prepare My Vehicle for the Rain?

The fall season is finally here, and with the changing season comes the changing weather. While it is still sunny here in Ft. Collins, we can expect the rainfall to begin in the next month. Is your vehicle ready for the rain? After the warm (and strange weather) summer, your vehicle may not yet be prepared to keep you safe in wet conditions. So, how can you prepare your vehicle for the rain?  There are certain areas of your vehicle that need to be inspected and possibly serviced that will help ensure that you are safer on the road when it is wet outside. Here are some of our top recommendations for how you can help prepare your vehicle for the rain this fall:  Change your windshield wipers When you think of rain, you think of your vehicle's windshield wipers, of course. Wipers can dry out quickly, especially after a warm summer. If they look dry, cracked, or aren't performing smoothly, it's time to have them replaced.  Check your ... read more

What is a Used Car Pre-Purchase Inspection?

What is a Used Car Pre-Purchase Inspection?

If you’re planning on purchasing a used vehicle, we recommend having our experts inspect that vehicle before committing to the purchase. Purchasing a used vehicle can sometimes be uncertain because it is hard to determine the overall health of the vehicle just by looking at it. At Community Auto, we are the experts when it comes to providing clear and trustworthy pre-purchase inspections in the area. We can do a thorough inspection of any vehicle you are considering purchasing, and help you make a more informed decision.  As a buyer of a used vehicle, you have the right to have the vehicle inspected before committing to purchasing it. We highly recommend a pre-purchase inspection before purchasing any used vehicle, as it will give you an idea of any underlying issues or any future financial burden that the vehicle may bring. Our mechanics will perform a thorough inspection of the vehicle to give you an accurate and honest evaluation of the vehicle and its true value.&n ... read more

Does Your Car Run Better After an Oil Change?

Does Your Car Run Better After an Oil Change?

As a vehicle owner, you quickly become familiar with your vehicle's regular oil change. Oil changes are vital to the overall performance of your car and your engine's health. When you drive with old, dirty, or low engine oil, the parts of your engine are rubbing together causing friction. This friction can cause metal components to wear down, become less effective, and overheat quickly. An overheating or damaged engine can be costly to repair, so doing what you can to prevent engine problems will save you time, money, and stress.  Does your car run better after an oil change? While it may not be noticeable, the answer is yes! Fresh engine oil will allow the engine to run optimally and you'll protect the engine from dirt build-up and metal-to-metal damage. As oil is circulated throughout the engine, it picks up dirt and debris along the way. It then goes through the oil filter, which also needs to be replaced during every oil change. A clogged filter can limit t ... read more

Do I Need to Rotate My Car's Tires?

Do I Need to Rotate My Car's Tires?

Tires are a very important safety feature of your vehicle. They are the only thing sitting between your vehicle and the road, and a good set of tires is essential to proper control and road traction. We know that tires can be expensive, so extending the life of your tires as much as possible should be a priority. Plus, it's always a good idea to replace all four tires simultaneously. Uneven tire wear can happen over time, which is why rotating your vehicle's tire is so important.  What is a tire rotation? A tire rotation is service performed which rotates your tires to different positions. For example, your front tires are moved to the back, and the back tires are moved to the front. They are also rotated from left to right.  Depending on your vehicle, whether it is a front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive, certain tires may wear down faster than others. When you have your tires rotated, your tires will be able to wear down more evenly in comparison ... read more

What Causes Cars to Breakdown in the Summer?

What Causes Cars to Breakdown in the Summer?

Summer is supposed to be a time where you are free to take a road trip or drive to your favorite place to spend time with friends or family, or hey, yourself (we don't judge)! However, summer plans can quickly be thwarted when you find yourself dealing with a car breakdown. Not only are they stressful, but they can put your safety at risk on the road. It can also be costly having to deal with towing and repairing your vehicle. So, let's take a look at some of the causes of car breakdowns and what you can do to try to prevent them from happening this summer.  The summer heat can actually take a toll on our vehicles, especially when your vehicle is constantly parked in direct sunlight. It also just so happens that during the summer months, many drivers are using their vehicles much more often, which can also contribute to excessive wear and tear. Here are some of the main causes of why vehicles tend to breakdown during the summer months:  Batteries B ... read more

How to Jumpstart Your Car in 5 Easy Steps

How to Jumpstart Your Car in 5 Easy Steps

It's first thing in the morning and you’re already late for work. You hop in your car, turn the key to start it and...nothing.  The worst! You panic as you try to figure out what to do first: call someone--your boss, AAA, the Quick Lube who changed your oil two months ago...    We’re instead going to turn this panic into power and armor you with knowledge that will 1. keep you calm and 2. get you back on the road as soon as possible.    Your first step is to troubleshoot. And the best part is you can do this yourself. It is easier than you may think!    Start here:   When you turn the key in the ignition, does the engine crank (try to start)? Do the lights and radio come on? Do you hear a “clicking” noise? Or, does nothing happen at all (you might as well not even be trying here)?    Can you remember the last time the battery was replaced? You may simply need a new battery.   Or maybe you le ... read more

What Happens When a Timing Belt Snaps?

What Happens When a Timing Belt Snaps?

Your vehicle's timing belt is important to the overall operation of the engine. It ensures the correct timing of the crankshaft and camshaft so that the engine valves open and close at the proper times. Over time, timing belts begin to wear out and can fray or tear. This is why they need to be replaced at certain intervals, typically around every 60,000 miles or so. When a timing belt breaks, it can cause damage to surrounding components and end up costing you more money on repairs.  If you're unsure how often your vehicle's timing belt should be replaced, refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for this information. It is so important to replace your timing belt on time, even if you don't see damage on the outside of the belt. The inside of the belt could be dry, making it more likely to snap unexpectedly. Not only will a snapped belt leave you stranded, but it can bend valves, cause piston damage, and ruin cylinder heads.  The level of damage t ... read more

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