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The Phil's Pro Auto Service Guide to Servicing Your Differential

The Phil's Pro Auto Service Guide to Servicing Your Differential

Differential? What's that? And what's it for? I've been told by my service advisor that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level?Do these questions sound familiar? They're not uncommon for GREELEY drivers. A lot of us in GREELEY don't know what a differential is or what it's for. Every vehicle has a differential, and, yes, it does need to be serviced. In fact, it's more important to the operation of your vehicle than the air conditioner or windshield wipers.A differential allows your vehicle tires to move at different speeds. This happens more than you think. The best example is when a vehicle is turning. The inside wheel travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel during a turn. This means the outside wheel has to move faster than the inside wheel. Without a differential, your tires would hop and skip while turning. They would also lose traction in sand or snow.The location of your differential depends on what kind of v ... read more

Fresh Air Inside Your Car in GREELEY

Fresh Air Inside Your Car in GREELEY

Air quality has certainly become a hot issue in our modern world. We install air filters on our ventilation systems and in our vacuum cleaners. There's a filter that cleans the air going into our vehicle's engine — so why not one for the air in the passenger compartment?Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers haven't been ignoring the issue. Cabin air filters are becoming a standard feature on newer vehicles. These filters can clean particles out of the air down to three microns, which accounts for pollen, dust and most pollutants. GREELEY residents who suffer from allergies or have a respiratory disorder should be a lot more comfortable. And even if you don't have a medical need for the filter, the cleaner air in your car just might help you breathe better, figuratively as well as literally.Cabin air filters are still fairly new in the GREELEY area, so you'll have to check your vehicle owner's manual to see if you have one. I ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Stay Headed in the Right Direction, GREELEY

Stay Headed in the Right Direction, GREELEY

Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in GREELEY, Colorado, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine. Contact the automotive professionals at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY for questions about your power steering. The pump generates power that assists drivers as they steer their vehicle around GREELEY, Colorado. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it's a good idea to have Phil's Pro Auto Service inspect them at every oil change. A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at Phil's Pro Auto Service because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it's important to use the correct type – just ask yo ... read more

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Steering

Make your Service Visit at Phil's Pro Auto Service a Good One

Most people don't love going to get their vehicle serviced, but it's one of those things you just have to do. So you might as well get the most of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. For one thing, it's important to describe your problem (or problems) to the service advisor accurately and clearly. If your vehicle is making a noise, for example, take time to really listen to it and think of the best way to describe it. Does it increase in speed when you go faster? If you feel a vibration somewhere, where in the vehicle does it seem to originate? Some service advisors recommend writing things down. That way the driver won't forget any important clues that could lead to a successful resolution of the problem. Another thing is to make sure your vehicle is cleaned out and free of junk. That way the technician can access those nooks and crannies where some vital components may be. If your vehicle is full of strollers, boxes or ... read more

Let Phil's Pro Auto Service Help You Extend the Life of Your Car

If you haven't shopped in the GREELEY area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in GREELEY, and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more years gets even more attractive.On the plus side, vehicles these days are engineered to last for 150,000 miles (250,000 km) or more. So why don't they? Usually it's because GREELEY drivers don't stay on top of preventive maintenance. Good vehicle care at professional automotive service centers like Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY is the key to getting the most mileage out of your vehicle.Too often, GREELEY vehicle owners are inclined to wait until their vehicles develop an obvious problem and take them in for repairs instead of maintenance. Repairs can be expensive, but allowing routine vehicle maintenance to slide a ... read more

What You Need to Know from Your Phil's Pro Auto Service Service Advisor

What You Need to Know from Your Phil's Pro Auto Service Service Advisor

GREELEY drivers may feel intimidated when they take their vehicles to a service center. They have questions but aren't sure how to ask. They don't want to feel embarrassed about their lack of knowledge. They don't want to make the service technician feel that they don't trust him.If your service advisor at Phil's Pro Auto Service uses a term you don't understand, just ask him to explain. Remember, they are the auto service experts. If they came to your place of work, they probably wouldn't understand the jargon, either. When you take your vehicle in to be serviced, make sure you understand the financial issues up front. Ask about payment policies, warranties and, of course, the cost of the work being done.It helps to understand basic services your vehicle needs. Know the difference between a quick check-up and a thorough inspection, which you are getting and which you are asking for. Understand that diagnosing a problem takes time, and time isn't free. If you have concerns about c ... read more

Serpentine Belt Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

Serpentine Belt Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within optimal operating temperatures. On some GREELEY vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.When they understand what it does, GREELEY drivers realize that if it breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why vehicle manufacturers outline recommended replacement guidelines in the owner’s manuals. If this imp ... read more

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Maintenance

Phil's Pro Auto Service Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Phil's Pro Auto Service Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Colorado service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some GREELEY drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Phil's Pro Auto Service fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Phil's Pro Auto Service headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Phil's Pro Auto Service inspections: GREELEY drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a Colorado summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken ... read more

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Maintenance

Transmission Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for GREELEY drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people in Colorado to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But proper transmission servicing keeps your vehicle running smoothly and helps you avoid repairs down the road.The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you can see in used transmission fluid is actually bits of metal that wear off the gears in the transmission. In addition to that, the transmission operates at very high temperatures. Usually, it's much higher than engine temperatures. Those high temperatures eventually cause the transmission fluid to start to break down and lose efficiency.As the fluid gets older, it gets gritty and doesn't lubricate and cool the vehicle transmission as well - leading to even more wear. The fluid can actually get sludgy and plug up the maze of flu ... read more

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Transmission

Coolant Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Coolant Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service

GREELEY residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of Colorado temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That's why vehicle manufacturer’s recommend different types of anti-freeze for our GREELEY, Colorado, vehicles.There are several different 'families' of anti-freeze available to us here in GREELEY. Your owner's manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at Phil's Pro Auto Service will know the right kind for your vehicle.It's important to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the mos ... read more

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Cooling System
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