Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from here to Highlands Ranch knows this makes sense. Some of us in the Highlands Ranch area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I’m not talkin’ what you see in the mirror. Guys; sports equipment and tools. Ladies; well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about forty-five pounds of French fries on the floor. All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and Highlands Ranch, and everywhere else. Lose the junk and save some money. …And you really only need one of those spare tires
People in Littleton Colorado often ask the question: “Will using premium gas make my car run better?” The answer is simple. But first, let’s talk about what exactly premium gasoline is. Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Littleton Colorado also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences. Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas. There’s a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your manufacturer recommends. Read your owner’s manual carefully to see if it’s acceptable to use lower grades. With some cars in Littleton Colorado it is; the engine control computer can adapt. You’ll lose some performance, but won’t do damage. With other eng ... read more
We live in such a disposable society. It’s amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days people were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough – they had to do without. Most people couldn’t afford new cars very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could. It’s a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don’t break down as often. And the good news for us Colorado penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us Littleton car owners making sure we follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedules. Every time you go a couple thousand extra miles between an oil change, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed and clog passages. Then some parts don’t get properly lubrica ... read more
When your SUV breaks down, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car’s so important to your life in Lakewood, you need to back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time. If you’ve ever checked into some of the technician training Eagle Automotive Service professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. Let me give you some perspective. Today there are four cylinder engines that make more power than the V-8’s in luxury cars twenty years ago. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty. Some cars have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle functions as well. Lakewood motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It’s a real challen ... read more
Make an appointment with Eagle Automotive Service to have your on board diagnostics analyzed.
7921 S Platte Canyon Rd
Littleton, Colorado 80128 Today we’re going to talk about on-board diagnostics and the questions we hear from folks around Littleton Colorado who need answers about diagnostic services. They want to know what diagnostics are, what’s involved and what the benefits are. They really want to understand the value of diagnostic scans by a trained technician in Littleton Colorado. These are valid concerns. If you don’t understand something it’s really hard to know its value. Let’s start with some history. Since 1996, all cars and light trucks in Littleton Colorado have been required to use a standardized diagnostic system to help repair technicians determine what’s wrong with your vehicle. The diagnostic system works with the vehicle’s Engine Control Module – the computer that controls many engine functions. The computer monitors dozens ... read more
We find that a lot of Littleton service and repair at Eagle Automotive Service are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions, but don’t want to be embarrassed or to seem pushy. Cars are very complicated and there’s more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it’s because cars have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn’t need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road. You know, your local hospital has a Patient’s Bill of Rights that they post throughout the hospital. We think our Littleton automotive service customers also have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their car and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction. It’s all about the communication. It’s a little harder when ... read more
All modern vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it’s a topic we all need to know something about. All new cars and trucks sold in Littleton, Colorado over the last 30 years or so have come with fuel injection systems. The fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount, at the right time; to be mixed with air and burned in the engine. So how many fuel injectors does your car have? There’s one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in Littleton, Colorado. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The engine control computer makes adjustments to the fuel injector as it monitors the engine and other sensors. Fuel injectors are a pretty sophisticated part. Eagle Automotive Service can help you with a fuel injector cleaning service. What’s the benefit? In order to work right, the fuel injectors have to deliver the fuel at a precise pressure at a very precise time. The fuel needs to be sprayed in a particular pa ... read more
There are some things Denver consumers should know about Littleton automotive service and repair. First and foremost, Eagle Automotive Service cares about you and your family’s safety. And we really appreciate your business. Eagle Automotive Service in Littleton wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come. Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix cars. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized. It takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The technicians that work for Eagle Automotive Service need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other technicians to help them with a ... read more
No matter how well they’re made, cars in Littleton Colorado will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people in Littleton Colorado, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone in Littleton Colorado who owns that type of car to get the recall work done. These recalls always affect safety, so take them seriously. It’s easy to see if a vehicle’s being recalled.The government has links on its websites. There are many websites with free recall information and searches. There’s CarFax, AutoByTel and the DMV. Recalls are serious, but not all that common. But sometimes there are less significant issues, and for these, manufacturers issue a Technical Service Bulletin, or TSB, that tells service centers like Eag ... read more
Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our Denver area shoe stores?
When buying a running shoe, is quality important?
Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?
Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price? Is the warranty important when buying tires? When you choose new tires in Littleton, what’s the most important factor for you? You know, buying tires in Littleton is a big deal. It’s a big ticket item so you know you’ll be spending a lot. You’re not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it’ll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again. And of course there’s the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer, the tires need ... read more