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Deep Clean Your Fuel System at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into Phil's Pro Auto Service for a check up.In today's Phil's Pro Auto Service auto post,we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. Greeley residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better mileage .A clean fuel system saves money for Greeley drivers at Colorado gas stations. We guess you could say it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things Greeley residents can do to keep their vehicle fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.So buying cheaper gas in Colorado can actually be more expensive for Greeley drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on Colorado roads are more than five or six years old. That means they've had time f ... read more

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Maintaining Your Older Car in Greeley, Colorado

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Greeley, Colorado: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Greeley motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the Greeley area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Colorado have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give Phil's Pro Auto Service a call at 970-353-2739 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't have to ... read more

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The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for Greeley Drivers

People in Greeley have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 km to 13,000 km) or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new vehicle manufacturers announced that owners like those in Greeley were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals.The manufacturers' standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles/12,000 km. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail.What causes oil sludge? It's a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge. Also ... read more

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Diesel Maintenance for Colorado

At Phil's Pro Auto Service we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our Colorado friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North America: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Subaru. Of course, the US auto makers will be expanding their diesel offerings as well. Diesels will become a very big deal here in Colorado.You may ask, why has it taken so long getting to Colorado and North America? There are a bunch of reasons like fuel tax policies and such, but the biggest hurtle was that Colorado diesel fuel had a high sulfur content – too high for the latest generation of high ... read more

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Greeley Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Greeley drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Greeley drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Greeley?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero Colorado temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in Colorado?Do you drive often in dusty Greeley areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Greeley?Do you drive in very hot or very cold Colorado weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Greeley on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Greeley surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and the ... read more

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What Greeley Automotive Service Consumers Should Know

There are some things drivers should know about Greeley car service and repair. First and foremost, Phil's Pro Auto Service cares about you and your family's safety. And we really appreciate your business. Phil's Pro Auto Service in Greeley wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come.Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix vehicles. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized. It takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The pros who work for Phil's Pro Auto Service need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other technicians to help them with a difficult ... read more

What to Do in Case of an Accident in Greeley

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Greeley, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what Greeley drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Greeley is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Colorado driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Greeley emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ... read more

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Timing Belt Replacement in Greeley

Today we want to talk to Greeley drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken – and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though timing belt replacement is scheduled in the owner's manual, it's not the kind of thing that most Greeley area auto owners remember because it's not well understood.Let's review what a timing belt does. As most know, the engine's power is generated in the cylinders. A piston rides up and down in the cylinder. During the first down stroke, an intake valve at the top of the cylinder opens and air and fuel is drawn into the cylinder. Then the piston returns to the top, compressing the fuel and air mix. At the top, the spark plug fires, igniting the fuel, pushing the piston down in the power stroke. As the piston once again returns up in the final stroke of the cycle, an exhaust valve opens at ... read more

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