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When to Change Your Oil – Eagle Automotive Service

When to Change Your Oil – Eagle Automotive Service

Today in the Eagle Automotive Service auto care blog, we’re going to talk about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer for Eagle Automotive Service customers. High quality oil in a well-engineered SUV engine has lead to extended intervals. But it’s also lead to some confusion among Littleton drivers. The old mantra “change your oil every three months or three thousand miles, whichever comes first” once applied to every vehicle in your garage. Time and miles take their toll on motor oil. But now, you could have a different oil change recommendation for every car or truck you own. Littleton people are like everybody else, they have a tendency to put off all the oil changes to the schedule of the vehicle with the longest interval. Of course, that can lead to problems. For example, recently four of the world’s largest auto manufacturers shortened the publis ... read more

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Fuel Filter Service in Littleton Colorado

There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn’t seem right. Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember, because it is a long list, but your service center at Eagle Automotive Service can help you know what’s scheduled to be taken care of. Some of us in Littleton Colorado really don’t look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of the other things the manufacturer recommends. But automotive maintenance is all about prevention, and addressing small problems before they get big. Let’s take the fuel filter for example. You may not know this but the median age for private vehicles on our Littleton Colorado roads is over nine years. When cars get older, five years or so, they’ve accumulated a lot of dirt and rust in their gas tanks. If that dirt gets into the engine it can cause thousand ... read more

Odometer Rollback On Your Littleton Colorado Auto

How do you know if an odometer is telling the truth? Well, back in ’86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect Colorado consumers against mileage fraud. It says a Colorado seller must certify the mileage reported is the Actual Mileage. To have your odometer checked in Littleton Colorado, stop by Eagle Automotive Service: If it isn’t, the seller must say why; like maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 miles and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced. If the seller tells you the mileage isn’t accurate, there’s not much chance of putting a good number to it; And there’s the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it’s not so. What can you do? First, you can go to CarFax, where for a small fee, they’ll give you a comprehensive vehicle history search on your SUV, showing local Littleton Colorado ownership history, accident reports, total-loss events, Manufacture ... read more

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Smooth Shifting in Littleton Colorado: Transmission Service

So you have some exciting plans for the Colorado weekend. You’re going to take some of your Littleton, Colorado friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you’ve gotten the boat all ready. And you haven’t forgotten about your tow vehicle. You’ve gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. But you want to make sure that your SUV maintenance is up to date. Think about it – heavy traffic on the way out of Littleton. There’s hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and its going to be pretty hot in Littleton this weekend. And all the time you’ll be towing around several thousand extra pounds. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Let’s just consider the transmission. It’s going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. What’s a fun little blast to the local Colorado lake for you is really severe duty for your transmission. It ... read more

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Alternator Honest Professional Repair. The First Time, Every Time! If your alternator is not charging the battery properly, it can leave your vehicle stranded on the roadside. The alternator has a very daunting task; it must keep your battery and electrical system at the proper voltage level at all times. With the complexity of today’s vehicles, your charging system has a lot of responsibility, it can effect many crucial systems if it is not performing to its full potential. Our technicians take many steps to ensure the longevity and performance of you vehicle’s charging system. Benefits of Eagle Auto Service: Professional and Honest RepairPremium/ Factory Quality PartsAAA Approved Auto Repair FacilityASE Certified Technicians That Know Your Car4 Year/48,000 Mile Warranty on Parts and Labor

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Saving Lives In Littleton With Tire Pressure

All new passenger vehicles on our Littleton Colorado roads now have tire pressure monitoring systems – TPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are under inflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about TPMS. First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is twenty percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is thirty five pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won’t come on until the pressure is at twenty eight pounds. That’s significantly under-inflated. Enough to raise safety concerns. The worst is tire failure. A severely under inflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also under-inflated tires wear out faster and they waste ... read more

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Make Your Battery Last

Today’s report from Eagle Automotive Service is on car batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn’t. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of Littleton vehicle batteries last for 48 months. Now that’s an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature where you live and drive around Littleton. You might suppose that cold weather was harder on batteries because it takes more power to crank a cold engine, but the opposite is actually true. Give Eagle Automotive Service a call today! 7921 S Platte Canyon Rd
Littleton, Colorado 80128
10143 W. Chatfield Ave.
Littleton, Colorado 80127 Batteries in very cold climates have a life expectancy of 51 months as opposed to 30 months in very warm climates. The reason is simple


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Keep it Flowing With A Fuel Filter Replacement

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Littleton Colorado use fuel filters. Generally speaking there’s not a lot of dirt in our Littleton Colorado auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That’s because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your SUV is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up. That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your SUV ages. It’ll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often. A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration. That’s because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you n ... read more

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Shocks and Struts For Littleton Bumps and Bounces

If you’re like most of us in Littleton, you want your car to handle well. That’s the job of your suspension system. There are different types of suspension systems, but they all work on the same basic principles. First, there are the springs, which bear the weight of the car. The most common springs are coil or leaf – although we see air springs and torsion bars more often. The springs do most of the work. But if all you had were springs, your vehicle would be bouncing around like a bobble head. That’s where the shocks come in. They control the rebound of the springs and smooth out the up and down motions. They also keep the tires on the road, and you in control. Some SUVs use struts. Struts are a combination of shocks and springs, together in a more compact system. Shocks wear out slowly over time, so it’s hard to notice when they get badly worn. One way to tell is to look for an uneven, cupping wear on your tires. If the shock or strut is leaking fluid, it needs to be replace ... read more

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Handling Distractions While Driving Around Denver

We’ve all seen people do crazy things while driving to or from Denver. A guy shaving in the rear-view mirror, a woman applying makeup, people talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee mug. All of these are an accident waiting to happen. The truth is everyone in Denver Colorado is distracted when we drive. Traffic, road construction and other things outside the car are beyond our control. But the distractions inside our car are things we can often control. Here’s some things that’ll give you more control in your car, and help keep your attention on the roads around Denver Colorado. Drivers who are 16 to 20 years old tend to be more distracted by the radio, CD or MP3 player. Drivers who are 20 to 29 are more distracted by passengers in the car, including small children. And those over age 65 tend to be more distracted by objects or events that are outside of the vehicle. Other factors like fatigue, stress and lack of sleep make it hard ... read more

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