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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Wheel Bearings

Let me start by saying that your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. Did that get your attention? In this article we’ll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can keep them doing their very important job while you drive around Littleton Colorado. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They’re made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two very important jobs: First they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds, each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds. That’s a lot of heavy lifting over many, many thousands of miles. Even though wheel bearings are relatively simple, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to lubricate and protect them. A seal keeps the grease in and water and dirt ... read more

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All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment – Eagle Automotive Service

When all of your vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in Littleton can cause your SUV’s wheels to be out of alignment. Driving for an extended time in Littleton when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous … and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded Colorado interstate. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive to repair. At the very least, you may have to replace your tires years too early. Here are some alignment basics from Eagle Automotive Service: The ideal alignment for your SUV was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at Eagle Automotive Service starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything’s bent or broken. Then your honest Eagle Automotive Service technician will look ... read more

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Automobile Fluids For Your SUV

Automobile Fluids For Your SUV

If you’ve walked through the automotive fluids of an auto parts store in Denver, you’ll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How do you know what’s right for your vehicle? As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run as you drive around the Denver area. Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular type of fluid for every system from the motor, to the cooling system, brake fluid and so on. When you realize that not every variation is applicable to your vehicle, the task becomes more manageable. First let’s talk about why there are so many varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see that manufacturers match the properties of a particular weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For example, engines with sophisticated valve trains often require a thinner weight of oil. Some vehicles around Denver come from the factory filled with synthetic oil and the recommendation to u ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil In Your Littleton SUV

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil In Your Littleton SUV

If you’re a quart low in your SUV, there isn’t enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you’re driving around the Denver area. The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn’t reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local Denver gas pump rolling higher and higher. The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it’s in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down. So keep it clean and give yourself a fighting chance. Give Eagle Automotive Service a call today! 7921 S Platte Canyon Rd
Littleton, Colorado 80128
10143 W. Chatfield Ave.
Littleton, Colorado


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Budgeting Maintenance In Littleton Colorado

Budgeting Maintenance In Littleton Colorado

Life’s full of surprises in Littleton Colorado, some of which cost money. A leaky roof, a broken tooth, or an unexpected car repair. Eagle Automotive Service of Littleton Colorado and AutoNetTV have done some research on how we can budget for proper vehicle care. Everyone in Littleton Colorado does our best to budget for scheduled vehicle maintenance. What’s hard is unexpected repairs. The truth is that our vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before with proper maintenance. That’s because of improved vehicle design and manufacturing quality. But some of those same improvements also lead to higher repairs costs. Let’s take the fuel pump. Previous generations were often stranded by the side of the road by vapor lock. This occurred when the gas vaporized between the gas tank and the fuel pump. Fuel just stopped flowing. You had to sit and wait until the car would start again ... read more

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