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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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Which Item Is Most Stolen from Vehicles in GREELEY?

  Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in GREELEY?Is it: Stereo Wheels Air Bag DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in Colorado – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in Colorado.Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. Contact us at Phil's Pro Auto Service for more information about where to get your airbags checked or replaced.Find us at 707 12TH ST, GREELEY, Colorado 80631You can reach us by phone at: (970) 353-2739 There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements ar ... read more

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Phil's Pro Auto Service: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Phil's Pro Auto Service: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on GREELEY streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in GREELEY. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter is dirty ... read more

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Hey GREELEY Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around GREELEY?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in GREELEY and around the country.Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!You'll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the types of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You'll thank yourself later for two reasons: one, that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and two, you won't have to worry about getting ... read more

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