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Gas Savings in GREELEY: Sharpen Your Pencil

Gas Savings in GREELEY: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in GREELEY increase the cost of living for Colorado drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some GREELEY vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to Colorado news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional GREELEY vehicle owners. I'm talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, GREELEY folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten ... read more

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Maintenance

Under Pressure in GREELEY: TPMS

Under Pressure in GREELEY: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in GREELEY, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on Colorado roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, GREELEY drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as well ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Questions to Ask Your GREELEY Service Advisor

Questions to Ask Your GREELEY Service Advisor

We find that a lot of GREELEY drivers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because vehicles have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road.You know, your local hospital has a Patient's Bill of Rights that they post throughout the hospital. We think our GREELEY automotive service customers also have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their car and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction.It's all about the communication. It's a little harder when you're trying to find the right ... read more

GREELEY, Colorado Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in Colorado, GREELEY residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for Colorado winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing GREELEY residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold Colorado winters.There are some specific things GREELEY drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.I ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

PCV Valve Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

PCV Valve Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. Unburnt fuel is forced into the crankcase as your engine runs.  The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve vents this unburnt fuel and oil vapors from the crankcase and sends it back into the air intake system to be burned in the engine.  A clogged PCV will not allow these vapors to escape. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause vehicle engine corrosion, something we see occasionally at Phil's Pro Auto Service. At high speeds on Colorado freeways, the pressure can build up to the point that gaskets and seals start to leak. Back in the old days, vehicles were simply installed with a hose that vented these gases out into the atmosphere. But starting in the 1964 model year, environmental protection laws required that these gases be recycled back into the air intake system to be mixed with fuel and burned in the vehicle's engine.This is much better for ... read more

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Parts

Automotive Tips from Phil's Pro Auto Service: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

There are several important factors that go into how often GREELEY drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from Colorado freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear. But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damaged by sunlight and temperature changes as well. The rubber in the blades can dry out and crack and eventually fall apart. Check your wipers: If they’re not doing their important job, have them replaced at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY. Talk to your Phil's Pro Auto Service service advisor about how you drive - we can counsel you on the optimal blades for your needs.Phil's Pro Auto Service707 12TH STGREELEY, Colorado 80631(970) ... read more

A Cold Day in GREELEY ? Air Conditioning Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Most GREELEY drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy Colorado highway, but don't worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown on the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during GREELEY rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot vehicle.A lot of GREELEY drivers judge their vehicles' air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keep the vehicle running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very expensive.GREELEY drivers should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces the efficiency of the refrig ... read more

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Air Conditioning

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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Fuel System

Helping GREELEY Drivers Get the Right Tires

Helping GREELEY Drivers Get the Right Tires

Every GREELEY vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so it's a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in. Summer tires are designed for hot temperatures. The tread is engineered for good traction on dry or rainy Colorado roads. But the rubber compound in summer tires gets stiff when temperatures drop below 45°F (7°C), and snow and mud can pack into the tread, reducing the traction of the tire.Winter tires are designed for good traction on snowy surfaces. The tread actually throws snow off of the tire as the wheel turns. The rubber compound in a winter tire is soft so that it will remain flexible at temperatures below 45°F (7°C). At higher temperatures, however, the softer rubber wears down rapidly.All-season tires sacrifice some of the extreme performance of summer or winter tires, but they maintain adequate traction in either type of GREELEY we ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

The Importance of GREELEY Drivers Following Service Intervals

The Importance of GREELEY Drivers Following Service Intervals

Today in our Phil's Pro Auto Service blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in GREELEY with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively treated with early detection. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your brown lawn and have your utilities shut off.Clearly, there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life in GREELEY takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money.So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our vehicles?Probably a couple o ... read more

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Maintenance
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