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Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel In Littleton

Under-inflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Littleton area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don’t have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get around. Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local Littleton service stations. If they’re low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There’s a sticker on the inside of your driver’s door that gives the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. And don’t rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops twenty percent below recommendations. That’s severely under inflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away at Eagle Automotive Service. Get some air and save some ... read more

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Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln – Eagle Automotive

Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln – Eagle Automotive

Welcome to the Eagle Automotive Service blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most of us Highlands Ranch drivers tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Highlands Ranch drivers need to have tires with enough traction to translate braking power into stopping power.Let’s focus on stopping in wet Highlands Ranch conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can’t move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water. That’s called hydroplaning. If it’s really bad, Highlands Ranch drivers can actually spin out of control. At best, you won’t stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your SUV tire a ... read more

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Commit to Making Your SUV Last – Eagle Automotive Service

For advice on how to make your SUV last longer, visit us at Eagle Automotive Service
7921 S Platte Canyon Rd
Littleton, Colorado 80128 These days many people in the Denver area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you’ve got to start with what you’ve got. It’d be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you’ve had the vehicle for a while, or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that’s where you start. Go through the maintenance schedule for your SUV and see what’s been done and when. Have your Littleton service advisor at Eagle Automotive Service do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up. Making a plan is so important

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Trip Inspection

Americans love their cars and nothing goes with cars better than the road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it’s great! But there’s nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt. You can’t always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle’s perspective. What kind of roads will you be traveling – winding byways or super-highways? Mountains or plains? What weather conditions are you likely to encounter? How many miles will you travel? How much weight will you be hauling – passengers and luggage? Lugging a trailer or roof top carrier? Will it be dusty? Armed with the answers to these questions, you can start a trip inspection to help you prepare your Littleton vehicle for your big adventure. A lot of our Littleton customers prefer to go through this exercise with an automotive service advisor at Eagle Automotive Service ... read more

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Winter Tires

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of the public’s perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees. Twenty years ago, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. We called them snow tires back then and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires and they weren’t very good on ice, packed snow or wet roads. They were not even very good on dry roads. They really helped in deep or loose snow, but they did a poor job the rest of the time. They were loud and rode hard. You couldn’t wait to get them off in the spring. Then all-season tires started to come along. All-season tires are really a compromise between summer and winter performance. They have acceptable hot weather ride and tread life, and you can get through mild winter road conditions OK. But there are some ... read more

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Vehicle Warranties

If you own a Colorado vehicle with a warranty, beware! Many dealers and manufacturers suggest that you need to get your maintenance services at a dealership in order to keep your warranty. That simply isn’t true! You can have your vehicle serviced at your trusted, local service center without affecting your warranty. A federal law, called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, prohibits a manufacturer from voiding your warranty just because you got parts or services from a non-dealer. In fact, a manufacturer can’t require you to use their brand of oil filters, lubricant, or any other part in order to maintain your warranty protection. This protection is true for aftermarket extended warranties purchased on new or used vehicles. This protection also applies to leased vehicles. There are similar laws in Canada as well. If a manufacturer can prove that the replacement parts or service lead to a vehicle failure, they can void a portion of the warranty. Of course, Eagle Automotive Service uses ... read more

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Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

We would like to give you an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday – and fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace. The do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many Colorado car owners rely on the advice of their service consultant to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their car and the way they drive. Let’s start with engine oil. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. Ma ... read more

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Air Conditioning Service In Littleton

Hey Littleton, Colorado Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked. It’s real easy to take your car’s air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. When most people in Littleton hear the words “air conditioning problems”, it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it’s broken, it’s expensive to repair. What things can we do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns? A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks. Water and air can leak into the system. The system doesn’t work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also, refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out ... read more

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Power Steering Service Near Denver

For most of us living in the Denver area, it is hard to remember life without power steering – cranking those great big steering wheels? It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine – a few are electrically powered. A high-pressure hose passes fluid from the pump to the steering gear. A low pressure hose returns the fluid back to the pump. These hoses can develop leaks, so it is a good idea to inspect them at every oil change. Low fluid can damage the power steering pump. That is why fluid level is on the checklist for a full-service oil change. The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so check your owners’ manual for the right type – or just ask your service technician at Eagle Automotive Service. The fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering syst ... read more

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So You Bought a Used Car

So you just bought a used car? How did you know what you were getting? It’s hard to know because people sell cars for so many reasons. Think about why you’ve sold some of your cars. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from? Maybe it was a little of both. If you’ve recently bought a used car with 25,000 to 35,000 miles on it, there’s a good chance it’s a lease return. Or perhaps a corporate program car. Maybe a vehicle that has done duty in a rental fleets. We tend to feel confident because at least it’s newer than our last one. But how well have many vehicles really been maintained? If you plan on owning a car for a long time, you’ll keep up on the maintenance so that you can avoid repairs down the road. But, if you know you’re only going to have the car for two or three years, you may not be so committed. It would be easy to think that skipping an oil change here and there wouldn’t ruin a brand new engine. Then it’ll be someone el ... read more

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