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Yearly Archives: 2016

Is Your Littleton Driving Severe?

People near Littleton Colorado often ask Eagle Automotive Service how often they should have a particular service done. It’s a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner’s manual, or have your Littleton Colorado service advisor at Eagle Automotive Service look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in Littleton Colorado will say that their driving is normal and that the ‘regular’ schedule probably applies to them. ‘Severe service’ sounds pretty extreme – ‘I don’t drive like that’. Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. If that’s severe driving, what constitutes regular driving? Well, it would look something like this: I live somewhere with ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Littleton

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Littleton

There’s a segment of the Littleton population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the Colorado area over time. Many Littleton motorists think the root lies in the fact that modern cars are so reliable. Reliability has improved dramatically in recent years. Quality surveys report fewer problems with new cars than ever before. Back when cars spent more time in the repair shop, Littleton drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it’s much easier to put it off. Take tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. The ignition points had to be replaced, spark plugs and coils replaced and the timing adjusted. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy. Now, the ignition system in your SUV is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rar ... read more

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Service Intervals on High Mileage Vehicles

Nowadays, everyone in Littleton, Colorado is paying more at the gas pump. For some families in the greater Denver area, it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That’s got to come out of the budget somewhere. Throughout North America, people are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before. Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local Littleton, Colorado roads have over 75,000 miles on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in Denver can’t afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a break down. So following a regular maintenance schedule, like our personal diet and exercise plans, is actually critical to preserving your investment. Knowing what to do for a higher-mileage vehicle can be challenging because many owners’ manuals don’t publish service intervals after 60,000 miles. It just means that you need to be better at keeping records and planning your preventive maintenan ... read more

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Defensive Driving In Littleton Colorado

There was a man in Denver who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just Kidding!) When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local Colorado highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Littleton, because that’s where we do most of our driving. We can’t let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively. Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude. Have in mind that you won’t let anyone take your safety away from you. You’ll be aware of your surroundings, road conditions, other vehicles and hazards. And the first person to be concerned with is you: start with your own environment. Don’t leave without securing all occupants including children and pets. Watch for loose items that can become projectiles during evasive maneuvers. Driving too fast or too slow increases the chance of an accident. Never drive impaired: Alcohol is a factor in half of all f ... read more

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Eagle Automotive Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Eagle Automotive Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Today’s Eagle Automotive Service auto maintenance article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems. Let’s go over them. First, the serpentine belt drives your SUV air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in Denver. Next, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your SUV’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. All Denver auto owners know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And, on many SUVs, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant throu ... read more

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