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3 Things to Know About Switching Out Your Winter Tires

3 Things to Know About Switching Out Your Winter Tires

Spring is here and it's time for your winter tire swap or changeover   Understanding tires can at first seem overwhelming. There are a lot of options and information to keep straight. Breaking down the categories and types of tires helps you to see what your options are. For typical commuting, most drivers opt for Summer, All-Season, M+S (mud and snow) and/or Snow tires. When deciding which tires to use in Colorado, there are some things to keep in mind. All-season tires simplify the decision of what tires to get and are sufficient for general driving in Colorado year-round. However, more specialized tires do in fact perform better under certain driving conditions. People who do off-road driving, mountain driving, or prefer a better performing tire for peace-of-mind and safety sometimes opt for Winter or M+S tires to be swapped out seasonally. A tire swap is neces ... read more

Oil Change, Transmission Flush and Car Coolant But What Else?!

Oil Change, Transmission Flush and Car Coolant But What Else?!

In our experience, it seems most vehicle owners know their vehicle needs an oil change. Next, they may know about a transmission flush and maybe even know a thing or two about car coolant. But when it comes to all the vital fluids needed to keep a vehicle running, many drivers are in the dark. Vital fluids are an integral part of a functioning vehicle, hence the name. It’s important to understand the fluids involved in keeping your vehicle functioning and the importance of keeping them clean. ​ Do you know your vehicle has eight unique fluids pumping through its veins? These fluids flow through and lubricate all of the vehicle's systems. The brake system, transmission, cooling and--as you know--engine all depend on fluids to function.   These fluids are:   Engine OilBrakeTransmissionCoolantPower Steering ... read more

Timing Belt Replacement & The Heart of Your Engine

Timing Belt Replacement & The Heart of Your Engine

What’s a timing belt? It’s nothing more than the heart of your engine. When it stops, your whole engine stops. And fixing it? Well, that’s open-heart surgery. You can’t “take a look” at your timing belt. You can’t just open the hood, pull out your flashlight and check the condition (like you can other belts). You need to break the chest plate. We’d start with an MRI, but unfortunately we don’t have those for cars yet. So we have to go in, remove bolts, covers and parts—perform surgery—just to even see it. A timing belt replacement is the greatest preventive maintenance procedure we perform. It’s removing that cystic growth from your thyroid. It’s not cancerous—yet. And better safe than sorry. Manufacturers and mechanics recommend a timing belt replacement at around 60,000-100,000 miles (unless yo ... read more

Shocks & Struts -- All You Need to Know

Shocks & Struts -- All You Need to Know

SHOCKing!! Your mechanic says your vehicle needs new shocks or struts. You’ve heard it before. What the heck are these things, anyway? And do you really need them? What are they? Vehicles come equipped with shocks, struts or both. Shocks, or a shock absorber, do just that: they absorb unevenness or bumps in the road, allowing the vehicle to travel steadily along. Struts serve a similar purpose and are designed differently. Both are mounted to your vehicle’s suspension system and are an integral part of steering, handling & control, comfort and safety. Learn more about the differences here. Shocks                                                                            Strut ... read more

Tire Alignment: See How Easily You Can Maximize Tire Life

Tire Alignment: See How Easily You Can Maximize Tire Life

It’s true—a tire alignment is necessary when you get new tires installed on your vehicle. You may also need a wheel alignment after colliding with a curb or pothole. And there are other situations, such as getting new struts or ball joints, which require a tire alignment as well. While you can imagine the importance of having a vehicle’s wheels set in a straight position, tire alignments are actually quite a complex procedure requiring specialized machines, knowledge and training. Knowing all that is involved, and how ultimately, a wheel alignment will save you time, money and a lot of headache down the road, you're better off understanding all that makes up tire alignment cost, which typically ranges from $70-$100. One of the greatest benefits a wheel alignment service has to offer is maximizing tire life. Tires are frequent and necessary vehicle maintenance items for drivers ... read more

The Best Car Maintenance Plan for Summer

The Best Car Maintenance Plan for Summer

What car maintenance is best during summer? Did you know your vehicle works harder during summer months? Yep, while you’re getting that much needed R&R, your car is doing just the opposite. So why not be nice and consider your car maintenance plan? It’s the least you could do for your hard-working baby and the most you could do for ensuring your summer road trip is a success.   We’ve narrowed down the most important car maintenance items, based on Colorado’s summer climate, to keep your vehicle in the best shape during the hottest months. Timing Belt – Summer trips become quite a drag when you have a breakdown-which happens if your timing belt breaks! Replace your timing belt per the manufacturer’s recommended mileage interval to prevent a breakdown and potential engine damage. Doing so before your summer trip will help ensure vehicle dependability and safety. Tires &ndas ... read more

Community Auto named Winner of BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

Community Auto named Winner of BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

Receiving this award is a great honor to us for many reasons. One, the BBB is a nationally recognized organization with an incredible track record promoting and advancing ethical and sustainable business practices. More importantly, the BBB Torch Award for Ethics exemplifies the way in which Community Auto has served the Fort Collins community from the beginning. And it is these principles that are especially important in the business of auto repair. You may be surprised to learn that the most important thing when choosing an auto repair shop is trust. It’s not about price. In fact, repairs are always expensive when you’re buying things you don’t need. When you do not have auto repair & maintenance knowledge nor an understanding of the mechanical state of your vehicle, you place absolute trust in ... read more

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Car Service for Spring

Car Service for Spring

In Colorado we experience true seasons, and so do our cars. Like buying a coat for winter, seasonal maintenance helps prepare your vehicle for the ever-changing elements, thereby extending its life. “It takes very little time and money to make sure your car runs properly throughout the year and although breakdowns happen, they can definitely be minimized by taking a few extra preventive steps,” Rich White, director of Car Care Council. Our Seasonal Car Care Specials are designed for car service in Fort Collins and are ready to handle all of your car maintenance needs for each season of the year. They are a worry-free way to keep you on the road longer. Spring Dust, pollen, allergies, and rain are common themes that affect both you and your vehicle in the spring. This season is also a great time to prepare your vehicle for summer’s heat. What to be aware of come ... read more

Not all Brake Jobs are Created Equal

Not all Brake Jobs are Created Equal

When it comes to brake repairs in Fort Collins, you have a lot of options. Brakes Plus, Just Brakes, Midas, the dealership, or your favorite independent repair shop are probably what you consider. You’re also wondering how long it will take, what’s the price going to be and who’s going to do a good job. These are all reasonable and valid considerations and I’m going to speak from the side of what the independent repair shop in Fort Collins brings to the table, as with brakes and most other auto repairs, it’s a philosophy that separates independents from the other options you have for where to get your brakes repaired. Brakes are responsible for one of the two basic necessary functions of a vehicle–to go and stop. They are directly related to your safety and the safety of others, can be very costly and cause further damage if repaired incorrectly, and are therefore not a repair we recommend you try to “get done ... read more

Why Buying a New Vehicle is a Waste of Money

Why Buying a New Vehicle is a Waste of Money

Is buying a new car a waste of money? I get it–they’re pretty, and sparkly and new. They have all these features and leather seats that cool your back in the summer and an automated navigation system that talks to you even when you don’t want it to. Who wouldn’t want that? But if you can negate the idea that social status is tied to the car you drive (which is a myth, really), you’ll save yourself a lot of money that you can instead put towards things that will truly increase your happiness and well-being. A new vehicle is an expense, not an investment. Just by driving it off the lot, a vehicle depreciates by 11%. Wow! After one year of driving that new vehicle it will have depreciated by 25%, after three years 46% and after five years that vehicle will be worth 63% less ... read more