Denver Auto Repair News & Info

Denver German Car Repair Tip: Signs of Bad Brakes


April 26, 2017

There are certain parts of your car that must be working properly in order to keep you safe behind the wheel, and one of the most important parts is your brakes. How do you know when it is time to have your brakes checked and possibly replaced? According to the Denver German car repair experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center, here are some of the signs you have bad brakes:

Noise

Turn your radio down and listen closely to see if you hear any noise when you apply pressure to your brakes. If there are no issues, you shouldn’t hear a peep from your brakes. However, if you need to have your brake pads replaced or if you need more brake fluid, you could hear a grinding, ticking, or squealing noise when you hit the brakes. Any noise should be investigated immediately, but a grinding noise is typically the most serious. Grinding noises usually mean that the brake pads have worn down and need to be replaced.

Vibrations

If you feel vibrations when you press into the brake, you should bring your car into a repair center immediately. It’s possible that you will feel vibrations coming from the actual brake pedal, the steering wheel, or even your seat. Regardless of where you feel the vibrations, bring your car in to be inspected at once.

Loss of Responsiveness

Pay close attention to how your brakes respond to pressure as you drive. If your brakes are usually very sensitive, but you now have to press down until the brake pedal almost touches the floor, this means your brakes are becoming less responsive to pressure. This indicates that you have a problem with your brake system, and you should bring your vehicle into an auto repair expert right away.

Veering to the Side

If your car begins to veer off to one side every time you apply pressure to the brakes, this could mean that you brake linings have worn down unevenly. It could also indicate that there is something in the brake fluid, which means you would need to have it drained and then replaced. Learn about replacing brake fluid here.

Brake Light

You should check your dashboard every time your start your engine to see if any lights have turned on that signal a maintenance issue. One light that you may see turn on is the brake or Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) light. This usually means that you are running low on brake fluid, which could mean there is a leak somewhere in the system that needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

If you spot any of these signs, let the experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center check your brakes right away to ensure your car is safe to drive. You can schedule an appointment with Mancinelli's Auto Repair Center online, or you can also text us at 303-778-9761. We have same day services available on most repairs and we also offer our customers access to a convenient, free shuttle.
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Denver Car Repair Tip: The Car Fluids You Should Know About


April 19, 2017

Have you ever popped the hood of your vehicle to see what’s underneath? If you don’t know much about cars, you probably won’t be able to identify much of what you see under the hood. Every time a mechanic at a Denver car repair shop services your vehicle, he checks on a number of things, including the levels of certain fluids. Here are some of the fluids that keep your car running smoothly:

Oil

Oil is one of the most important fluids that you will find underneath your car’s hood. What does it do? It acts as a lubricant in the engine and prevents overheating caused by the friction of two moving parts rubbing against each other. Most mechanics recommend that you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, but you may be able to extend this to 5,000 miles if you don’t do much driving. Check the owner’s manual in your vehicle to see what your car’s manufacturer suggests.

Coolant

After you’ve popped the hood, you may notice a clear tank with markings that let you know whether the fluid inside is too low. This is the coolant tank, which contains a mixture of glycol and water known as coolant. Like oil, coolant also works to prevent the engine from overheating, so it plays an equally important role in keeping your car running smoothly. However, unlike oil, you don’t have to replace coolant every 3,000-5,000 miles. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing coolant every 30,000 miles, but it’s important to check the owner’s manual to see what your car’s manufacturer suggests. Learn about how to check a vehicle’s coolant/antifreeze.

Windshield Wiper Cleaner

While this fluid won’t necessarily impact your vehicle’s ability to run, it will affect how well you are able to see the road ahead of you. The windshield wiper fluid is located underneath the hood towards the back of the engine. You should be able to see the level of fluid inside the tank so you can add more as needed. There’s no time limit that you should wait before having a mechanic add more—it depends solely on how much of the fluid you use to clean your windshield.

Brake Fluid

The tank containing the brake fluid is also located towards the back of the engine underneath your car’s hood. This fluid is used to move the different parts of the car’s brake system, which means if you don’t have it, you won’t be able to stop your vehicle by applying pressure to the brake. It’s recommended that you have your brake fluid changed about every 45,000 miles, but if a mechanic believes you should do it sooner than that, take his advice to avoid serious safety issues on the road.

Let the experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center check your car’s fluids to ensure your vehicle will continue to run smoothly. You can request an auto repair appointment with Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center online, or you can also text us at 303-778-9761. We have same day services available on most work and we also offer our customers access to a convenient, free shuttle.
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The Importance of ASE Certification in Denver Auto Repair


April 12, 2017

On average each Denver family now owns approximately two vehicles that at some time will either require service or an auto repair. Having a knowledgeable, trained and tested individual to complete the work should be a priority for any vehicle owner. ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has been providing repair workers quality testing and certification since 1972 in an effort to assist consumers in search of reliable automotive service.

Consumers too often find themselves at the mercy of a mechanic’s advice without proper justification that the individual is trained and or licensed. By offering a tangible certification process ASE can verify that the services being provided are completed by tested and trained professionals. Instead of relying on reputations for any service experience or trusting your vehicle to a complete stranger, the ASE allows individuals to rest easy when it comes to their automobile repair needs.

ASE trained individuals obtain certification through a process devoted to ensuring quality and performance. The regime required by the ASE includes more than just passing tests, actual in-area service must also be applied.

According to the official ASE website, “automotive technicians must have two years of on the job training or one year of on the job training and a two-year degree in automotive repair to qualify for certification.”

Only 66-percent of individuals successfully pass a test during their initial session. Further, those who do become ASE certified must renew their qualifications every five years in order to retain their certified status.

The continued advancement of automobile technology is changing daily as tests are continually being developed in order to ensure technicians are up-to-date on the latest details and manufacturer specifications. By requiring a retest every five years ASE can guarantee that certified individuals are continuing their education in the auto industry as it relates to their specific service area.

A wide variety of those certification areas can be obtained during the ASE process. Many technicians often acquire certification in multiple areas allowing service members to demonstrate expertise across the entire automobile spectrum. Over 40 tests have been designed for cars and light trucks, collision repair, school buses and auto parts.

In order to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of each test the ASE exams, “are written in workshops by a national panel of seasoned automotive industry professionals and executives, including working technicians, automobile manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, and educators. Not by any single person at ASE.”

Denver houses nearly 600,000 vehicles that require routine maintenance and service in addition to those collision damages that occur to often and need repair. Through the spring 2016 testing cycle only 213,094 automobile technicians were currently certified nationally.

Take advantage of a local ASE certified technician by allowing the experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center complete your vehicle needs today. Find the ASE certified logo on display and rest easy knowing that your automobile is in the hands of trained experts. Most services can be administered the same day so request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.
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Regular Maintenance Can Help Save on Denver Auto Repair


April 5, 2017

Every day you’re in and out of your automobile numerous times, starting, stopping, cranking the engine and turning it off when you’ve reached your destination. Rarely does one stop to consider the wear and tear taking place under the hood as a result of running around for everyday travel while getting everyone in the right place and errands accomplished.

Drop of Billy at school, go to work, leave for lunch, run by the bank, pick up Billy and take him to soccer practice, get to the grocery store, get gas, pick up Billy, get home. Just another day without any issue until one day the check engine light illuminates on your dashboard, or your car fails to crank and panic ensues.

No time for an auto appointment leads to increased wear on the vehicle driving under duress until eventually a repair shop visit is mandatory. Routine maintenance can help alleviate the need for a hefty price tag on a repair when it’s too late. Following a routine maintenance schedule with timely oil and filter changes and regular engine checks can lengthen the life of an automobile tremendously. Ensure the following parts are running efficiently and correctly in your vehicle’s engine.

Spark Plug

Spark plugs ensure your vehicle starts properly by delivering electricity from the ignition system to the combustion chamber of the engine. The plug is grounded into the engine’s cylinder head making sure it works.Typically a four-cylinder engine will contain four spark plugs whereas a six-cylinder engine houses six. If your vehicle is idling roughly or has trouble starting it can be a sign that the spark plugs need to be replaced. Instead of ignoring the issue an owner should seek help immediately. To educate yourself on the matter, learn more about how spark plugs work.

Fuel Injector

The fuel injector is just that, a small device that introduces fuel into the engine. Vehicle power output, fuel efficiency, and emissions are correlated to the injector.

Similarly, if the automobile takes unusually long to crank or has trouble starting with a full tank of gas the fuel injector could be an issue. Individuals who neglect to service their vehicles with regular oil and filter changes can also experience problems with their fuel injector.
 

Catalytic Converter

Replacement of the catalytic converter on a vehicle can prove extremely costly. However, the part rarely needs replacing with conventional upkeep and is often the result of ignoring needs in other areas. The emissions control device is an integral part of the vehicle’s exhaust system.

By ensuring the quality upkeep of other engine parts a car owner can help to avoid a costly repair as the result of long-term negligence.

Take care of your car by allowing the experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center service your vehicle today. Preventative maintenance can go a long way in saving you  money down the line and when your car has been taken care of at Mancinelli’s you know it’s quality. Most services can be administered the same day so request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.
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Denver Car Repair Tip: The Car Fluids You Should Know About


Have you ever popped the hood of your vehicle to see what’s underneath? If you don’t know much about cars, you probably won’t be able to identify much of what you see under the hood. Every time a mechanic at a Denver car repair shop services your vehicle, he checks on a number of things, including the levels of certain fluids. Here are some of the fluids that keep your car running smoothly:

Oil
Oil is one of the most important fluids that you will find underneath your car’s hood. What does it do? It acts as a lubricant in the engine and prevents overheating caused by the friction of two moving parts rubbing against each other. Most mechanics recommend that you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, but you may be able to extend this to 5,000 miles if you don’t do much driving. Check the owner’s manual in your vehicle to see what your car’s manufacturer suggests.

Coolant
After you’ve popped the hood, you may notice a clear tank with markings that let you know whether the fluid inside is too low. This is the coolant tank, which contains a mixture of glycol and water known as coolant. Like oil, coolant also works to prevent the engine from overheating, so it plays an equally important role in keeping your car running smoothly. However, unlike oil, you don’t have to replace coolant every 3,000-5,000 miles. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing coolant every 30,000 miles, but it’s important to check the owner’s manual to see what your car’s manufacturer suggests. Learn about how to check a vehicle’s coolant/antifreeze.

Windshield Wiper Cleaner
While this fluid won’t necessarily impact your vehicle’s ability to run, it will affect how well you are able to see the road ahead of you. The windshield wiper fluid is located underneath the hood towards the back of the engine. You should be able to see the level of fluid inside the tank so you can add more as needed. There’s no time limit that you should wait before having a mechanic add more—it depends solely on how much of the fluid you use to clean your windshield.

Brake Fluid
The tank containing the brake fluid is also located towards the back of the engine underneath your car’s hood. This fluid is used to move the different parts of the car’s brake system, which means if you don’t have it, you won’t be able to stop you vehicle by applying pressure to the brake. It’s recommended that you have your brake fluid changed about every 45,000 miles, but if a mechanic believes you should do it sooner than that, take his advice to avoid serious safety issues on the road.

Let the experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center check your car’s fluids to ensure your vehicle will continue to run smoothly. You can request an auto repair appointment with Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center online, or you can also text us at 303-778-9761. We have same day services available on most work and we also offer our customers access to a convenient, free shuttle.
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