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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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Serpentine Belt Replacement Near The Denver Area

Don’t you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you’re driving aroun Denver? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator-which charges the battery, the water pump-which cools the engine, the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components

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Gas Savings In Littleton: Sharpen Your Pencil

Gas Savings In Littleton: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Littleton increase the cost of living for Coloradodrivers. You’ve probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Littleton vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to Colorado news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive.In this area, we can take a lesson from professional Littleton vehicle owners. I’m talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Littleton folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood ... read more

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10 Services Littleton car owners Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Littleton. Some days it’s all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That’s why you’ve gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps – we have to keep track of it all. So let’s talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten. Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by Littleton drivers. They’re all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order. 1. Power Steering Service
Be honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you’re in for an oil change, ask your Littleton service advisor if it’s time for a
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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles

Before the recession hit, the median age for cars in the Littleton Colorado area (zip code: 80128) was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Eagle Automotive Service we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. Many people in Littleton are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern SUVs are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Local car owners in Littleton with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let’s start with the special needs of the older vehicle… The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up. There’ll be more dirt and contaminants in the fuel tank. Corrosion and deposits in the cooling system. And seals and gaskets will start t ... read more

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Recommended Littleton Service Intervals

Everyone in Littleton Colorado knows we’re supposed to go to the dentist twice a year. We get our teeth cleaned and have a thorough dental inspection. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. When the dentist is done, he tells us what he’s found – “Everything’s fine, see you in six months.” Or “You’ve got a small cavity starting, let’s schedule an appointment to take care of it.” By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary repairs. This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills. If we buy into this way of handling our dental care, why do we resist so much when facing the same system for our car care? Following the manufacturer’s recommended intervals can be confusing. First there are recommendations for so many things: oil changes, transmission, coolant, air condition ... read more

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