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Get to Know Your Gasket: Spot the Signs of Gasket Failure

To keep your car in top condition, you need to know the basics of auto care. This includes knowledge about car components, such as the gaskets, the long-lasting mechanical seals that are essential to your daily driving experience.

The gaskets are responsible for sealing off the different fluids and gases that circulate through vehicles. 

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Oil Changes: Myths and Realities

Everyone knows their vehicle needs oil, but they also know a few things they believe are true but are actually myths. Here's the truth about oil changing myths.

Three thousand miles is when to change the oil. Many drivers do it without question, but should they? Truthfully, 3,000-mile oil changes are a myth. Well, it's a partial myth. Some auto manufacturers do recommend 3,000-mile oil changes, but others don't. Maybe your car is recommended for 7,000-mile oil changes or some other mileage interval. 

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Is Your Hybrid Telling You Something?

If you have a hybrid car and have noticed that it does not get the gas mileage that is used to, it might be trying to tell you something. If it has been a while since you have had your car serviced, this might be the problem. The good news is that this is easy to fix.

One of your car’s first signs that things are not exactly as they should be under the hood is a drop in fuel efficiency. Even a slight drop can signal that something is amiss. Things like dirty oil and clogged air filters…

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Weighing the Options Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires

If you're having a hard time deciding between winter tires and all-season tires, there are some things you'll want to keep in mind before you make a final decision. While neither of these choices are the wrong option, there are some pros and cons to take into consideration for each.

Winter tires work well for all different makes and models of vehicles. They're a great way to improve the level of traction that you can achieve on the road when the weather makes for slick conditions. The only downfall is, you'll need to 

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Is A Blind-Spot Monitor In Your Future?

We all have blind-spots while driving and undertaking many other activities of life. Your blind-spot, however, should never cause you a possibly severe or even fatal accident while driving through Lakewood. The following tool can help you remain safer on the road by alerting you to vehicles traveling in your blind-spot.

Blind-spot monitors do precisely what their name describes. They police the blind-spots around your vehicle for other vehicles. When an object is in your blind-spot, a light on your side mirror illuminates to prompt you to turn your head for a more thorough look.

 

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Prepare for Winter: What You Need in Your Car Winter Survival Kit

Like most people, you probably have a fairly detailed list of what needs to be done before the cold weather of wintertime descends on us. On that list likely is the task of winterizing your car. As part of the winterizing process, you need to make certain that you have a full winter survival kit in your car.

In the comprehensive winter survival kit you need to have drinking water and nonperishable food items, like snacks. You need to make sure the kit includes extra clothing suitable for winter and blankets. The winter survival kit needs a 

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How Temperature Extremes Affect Your Battery

If you've ever had to wait for a jump start or a tow truck in freezing temperatures, you know that winter weather can be hard on batteries. While most people don't associate the summer with battery trouble, hot days can also take a toll on your battery's performance.

Your battery contains a liquid electrolyte solution, which can freeze when temperatures dip below zero if your battery is weak. Your heater, lights, windshield wipers and other systems you use to counteract the cold also make large demands on your battery, which it can't always supply as it…

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The Benefits of Buying a Used Car Instead of a New One

If you are in need of a new vehicle, you have a number of different options at your disposal. You can choose from a brand-new vehicle, but used cars also provide some great benefits. For example, affordability is a big selling factor. With the price of brand-new vehicles, it can be very tough for consumers to afford what they are interested in. 

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Ignition Troubles? It Could be the Starter

Having your vehicle checked at the beginning of each driving season can help save you from costly repairs. Having your starter serviced could save you from being stuck in unpleasant weather waiting for service. Grand Valley Auto Lakewood in Lakewood, CO is happy to service your vehicle to help you avoid downtime during the busiest part of the year.

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Back-to-School

Maximize your efficiency by getting your car ready for the school season and winter weather at the same time. Many of the tasks overlap, with the ultimate goal to make your car more reliable when you need it most.

If your oil hasn't been changed in a while, it's the perfect time to replace it with some winter-weight oil if your climate has harsh temperature swings. You can also put a set of winter tires on to ready your car for driving on snow and ice. Check your owner's manual for recommended maintenance that matches your car…
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