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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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Keeping your belts and hoses in check

Our team here at Grand Valley Auto Lakewood understands the importance of keeping up on the maintenance of your vehicle. When it comes to the hoses and belts in your car, they can wear out over time. Here are some tips to help protect your vehicle.

The serpentine belt helps to power all of your engine's accessories. If you notice any cracking, splitting, or squealing, it's signs that the belt should be changed. If the serpentine belt breaks, it can damage the engine, drain your battery, or even make your power steering go out.

 

 

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Adding Covers To Keep Hair And Odors From Inside Your Car

If you plan on taking your pets with you when you travel in Lakewood, you need to protect the interior of your vehicle from hair. Before you leave home, clean the interior of your car to remove any lingering scents of animals. Shampoo the seats and floors to remove odors as well. Grand Valley Auto Lakewood often has supplies that remove odors from inside your vehicle so that they don't return.

A cover can be placed on the seats to keep them clean. Plastic covers often work best because they are easy to wipe down. If you don't…

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Why Tire Pressure and Tread Matter

At Grand Valley Auto Lakewood, we want you to know how to take care of your vehicle. Ideally, you will check your tires for any signs of damage before going on your next adventure in Lakewood. A cut or puncture could result in reduced tire pressure, and if the air pressure gets too low, you could be at greater risk of an accident.

You can check the owner's manual to determine how much pressure a tire needs. The vehicle itself may also indicate if a 

 

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