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Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY

Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinders. Valves at the tops of the cylinders open to let air and fuel in or exhaust out. These valves have to open and close at precisely the right time or the engine will run poorly if at all. The movement of the valves and pistons must be in harmony with each other. This choreography is the job of the timing belt or timing chain.Timing belts, or chains, rotate the shafts that control the opening and closing of the valves. Timing chains are metal and durable enough that they may never need to be replaced.Most vehicles, however, use a timing belt. Timing belts are tough and flexible, and considering the work they do, they last a long time for GREELEY auto owners . But they do wear out. If they ... read more

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Timing Belt

A New Battery in GREELEY

A New Battery in GREELEY

Hello GREELEY drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in GREELEY, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.The weather where you live in Colorado also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the vehic ... read more

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Battery

Tracking True in Colorado: Wheel Alignment in GREELEY

Tracking True in Colorado: Wheel Alignment in GREELEY

The biggest issue for GREELEY area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Phil's Pro Auto Service in GREELEY. When undergoing an alignment service at Phil's Pro Auto Service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.GREELEY drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapi ... read more

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Alignment

Recommended Service Intervals at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Recommended Service Intervals at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Most people in the GREELEY area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in Colorado.The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety.Protection. Let's start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your vehicle. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and provide corrosion resistance. Ov ... read more

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in GREELEY

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in GREELEY

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call Phil's Pro Auto Service at (970) 353-2739 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our GREELEY, Colorado, service center on 707 12TH ST. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.The timing belt is responsible for rotating the sh ... read more

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Timing Belt

Your Well Trained Technician at Phil's Pro Auto Service

When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in GREELEY, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.If you've ever checked into some of the technician training Phil's Pro Auto Service professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep GREELEY gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern v ... read more

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Safety

Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Phil's Pro Auto Service

Anyone who drives a car in GREELEY knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good vehicle care requires keeping its cooling system in good condition.A vehicle's cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (coolant) through the engine where it absorbs heat. It then flows to the radiator where the water and antifreeze are cooled by the air that flows over the radiator. Then it circulates back into the vehicle's engine to absorb more heat.Why shouldn't GREELEY auto owners just use water? Because water boils at temperatures that are often reached inside of an engine. Steam won't cool your vehicle engine and is hard to contain within the cooling system. The antifreeze keeps the water from boiling.So why do we call ... read more

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Cooling System

Keep Your Cool in GREELEY: Air Conditioning Service

Keep Your Cool in GREELEY: Air Conditioning Service

Most GREELEY drivers don't even think about their air conditioner. Now here's a tip for GREELEY vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during Colorado winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out. The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during Colorado winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some GREELEY cars you can't run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don't ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. GREELEY drivers should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.Colorado drivers would be wise ... read more

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Air Conditioning

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
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