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GREELEY Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Let's talk about air quality in GREELEY. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, GREELEY drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in GREELEY. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area of Colorado where there's a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often.You can also ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY. How hard is it to change an air filter on a car? It depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing to get to them. They're usually in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.Because cabin air filters are so new on the scene, some people haven't ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

How Much is Enough for GREELEY Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

How Much is Enough for GREELEY Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Most GREELEY drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And how can you tell? Tires are and their condition is important to the safe handling of a vehicle, so it's for GREELEY vehicle owners to know the answers to these questions.First of all, it's important to understand that there may be a legal limit to tread wear. If your tires are worn past this limit, you have to replace them to be in compliance with Colorado auto safety laws. That's why measuring your tread wear is part of a vehicle saf ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Power Steering Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

Power Steering Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

Many GREELEY drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects vehicle components from rust and corrosion.GREELEY car owners should be aware that vehicle manufacturers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule. At Phil's Pro Auto Service, the old fluid is drained and the system cleaned thoroughly. Fresh fluid is then installed.Unfortunately, many GREELEY drivers don't realize how important it is to service their power steering, and some may not even know that it's necessary in the first place. A neglected power steering system can develop leaks that will shorten the life of the pump.GREELEY drivers should be awa ... read more

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Alignment

All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service

All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Phil's Pro Auto 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 GREELEY can cause your vehicle's wheels to be out of alignment.Driving for an extended time around GREELEY 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 highway. 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. The ideal alignment for your vehicle was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at Phil's Pro Auto Service starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything's bent or broken. Then your friendly and knowledgeable Phil's Pro Auto Service technician will look at tire condition.From ... read more

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Alignment

Problems with Suspension Solved at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

A vehicle's suspension system is tough. It can last for years and after lots of driving for GREELEY drivers. But it can be damaged quickly by hitting a pothole, curb or rock, and it can wear more quickly if you frequently drive off-road or on bumpy roads. A workhorse vehicle — one that hauls heavy loads — is also going to be hard on its suspension system.Because the useful life of your suspension system contains these elements of unpredictability, it is important for GREELEY drivers to have them inspected periodically. Worn, broken and missing parts can be identified during an inspection at Phil's Pro Auto Service . An ineffective suspension system will decrease the driver's control over a vehicle, so when it is damaged it frequently leads to the worst kind of vehicular damage — dangerous accidents.The suspension system is composed of springs and shock absorbers (or shocks). Springs suspend the weight of the vehicle above its axles. They allow the vehicle to &ldq ... read more

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Suspension

Fuel System Cleaning at Phil's Pro Auto Service for Better Performance

Fuel System Cleaning at Phil's Pro Auto Service for Better Performance

Hi GREELEY residents. Let's talk fuel injectors. A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle's engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine.Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the fuel must be pressurized.Vehicles have one fuel injector for each cylinder in the engine. Your vehicle's control computer constantly monitors the engine and various sensors in the vehicle.  It also adjusts the fuel injectors accordingly so that they can deliver the proper amount of fuel to the engine. As you can see, fuel injectors are a sophisticated and vital part of your vehicle's engine. Because fuel injectors are such precision instruments, dirt and contaminants are a serious detriment ... read more

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Fuel System

Give me a Brake (Light)!

If that little brake warning light pops up on your dash, do you know what it means? Well, if you said no, you wouldn't be alone. You know it has something to do with your brakes, but exactly what? You're not sure. One of the reasons is that it could mean a lot of different things. It could be something simple, like you put your parking brake on and forgot to take it off. Easy fix, you're on the road in seconds. Or, it could mean there's something wrong with your anti-lock brake system. That is a pretty complex symphony of speed sensors, computers and wiring, and sometimes things get a little out of whack. You could have a defective sensor or some wiring may have gotten damaged or come loose. A trained technician at Phil's Pro Auto Service with special equipment can sort it all out. It's also possible you have low brake fluid. That could be caused by a number of things. One simple reason is that your brake pads have worn down. Replacing them could solve the problem. Another possibility ... read more

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Brake Service , Brakes

Phil's Pro Auto Service Advice on Buying New Tires

Phil's Pro Auto Service Advice on Buying New Tires

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every GREELEY driver's style, habits and driving conditions.Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all Colorado seasons.GREELEY off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around Colorado? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.Phil's Pro Auto Service tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at Phil's Pro Auto Service can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle on the road.So pers ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Phil's Pro Auto Service

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Phil's Pro Auto Service

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Colorado news. GREELEY people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of GREELEY motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of GREELEY drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in Colorado.The GREELEY drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated ... read more

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Maintenance

Maintenance on My Mind

Ask any GREELEY man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most GREELEY residents seem to have a hard time remembering about scheduled maintenance for their vehicles.Funny, because most of us in GREELEY have no trouble remembering to wash our clothes, mow our lawns or brush our teeth. It isn't that we can't remember to take our vehicles for service; it's a matter of making it a priority.When it comes to our vehicles, GREELEY drivers like myself, need to be a little more maintenance-minded. The fact is, we can choose to do it, or we might find ourselves being compelled to do it.For example, when we consistently for ... read more

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Maintenance
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