Denver Auto Repair News & Info

Essential Items to Not Overlook in Denver Car Repair


May 24, 2017

Regular routine maintenance on vehicles not only prevents costly future repair but also lengthens the life of your car. Most individuals are aware of common services like oil changes, brake checks and tire replacement but some other areas need just as much attention. A Denver auto repair shop will help to keep your vehicle running efficiently and effectively for years.

Performing quality control checks on other areas of an automobile will also help to increase the safety and performance of your car or truck. Outside of the engine and computer systems that now monitor everything from air bag initiation to tire pressure, a few components need regular special attention.

Checking to ensure the quality and functionality of the following, often overlooked, aspects of your vehicle will benefit both car and driver.  

Headlights

Both cleanliness and functionality are important when considering the front headlamps. Often the outside casing can become cloudy and filmy decreasing performance. At times, moisture can seep into the outside cover also causing a fuzzy appearance and disproportionate light distribution when utilized.

A quick glance is all it takes to see if your headlights are showing signs of clouding but a more noticeable depreciation in quality is displayed at night. Don’t wait until it’s too late finding yourself on a backroad in the rain with low visibility, clean up your headlights today. Here is a guide how to make your headlights shine like new.

Signals

Turn signals save lives. Displaying your intentions prior to making a movement on the roadway helps to notify other drivers where you are going. A part of regular yearly inspections, signals should be looked at far more often.

Make sure all signals, front and back, are illuminating properly both with and without brake application. Covers for these important notifiers should also be clean, clear and free of debris.

Cabin Air Filter

Another component often taken for granted includes the cabin air filter. Similar to the engine air filter that receives frequent checkups the cabin filter serves a similar purpose but not the same attention.

A cluttered filter will cause a variety of issues and limits the amount of pollen and dust from entering the passenger cabin. A quick cleaning or replacement will help the auto’s HVAC system immensely.

Windshield Wipers

Finally, windshield wipers need to be looked at for breaking, cracking or sticking causing poor water deflection when used. Similar to headlight maintenance, wiper checks are relevant from a safety standpoint.

Wipers should be checked for both functionality, at all intervals, proper coverage and non-streaking. Instead of waiting until it’s too late and finding yourself caught in a downpour with little to no visibility, make certain the wipers work correctly.  

The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center regularly check these often overlooked items and can complete and entire diagnostics test on your vehicle. Also, ask about these services in addition to routine oil checks and changes, often they’ve already been completed by one of our ASE certified master technicians. Most services can be administered the same day so request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.
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Denver Auto Repair Analysis on Start/Stop Technology


May 17, 2017

The automobile industry is continually being asked to help manage emissions while increasing fuel economy. One of the now prominent features implemented on vehicles in an effort to accomplish both aspects is start/stop engine technology. Mancinelli’s, a Denver auto repair shop can answer questions and is equipped to assist with any arising problems concerning the relatively new technology.
When operating on automatic transmissions, start/stop technology completely shuts down the engine once the automobile has come to a stop and the brake is continuously applied. Once lifted, the engine restarts helping to reduce exhaust while increasing fuel economy.
Fiat and Volkswagen were the first car manufacturers to use this technology but since most other companies have come on board. Ford and General Motors have more recently been placing the systems in specific automobiles from their organizations. Ford, in particular, began use of the technology in some of the newer F-150 trucks now on the road.

PROS

Increased fuel economy is evident with start/stop technology depending on driving conditions. Under normal circumstances most estimates are between three and six percent with increases based on commute types. Daily journeys requiring multiple starts and stops in traffic and at traffic lights have been estimated into the double-digits.
Another positive effect from start/stop technology use includes decreased emissions for the environment. Obviously if the vehicle’s engine is completely shut down as opposed to idling, emission production drops to zero.

CONS

The ever present wear on an engine is the first factor considered when start/stop technology began to be implemented. According to Jesse Crosse, technical editor of Autocar, increasing the number of stop-start cycles may impact your car’s engine.
“’A normal car without automatic stop-start can be expected to go through up to 50,000 stop-start events during its lifetime,’ says Gerhard Arnold, who is responsible for bearing design at Federal Mogul. ‘But with automatic stop-start being activated every time the car comes to a standstill, the figure rises dramatically, perhaps to as many as 500,000 stop-start cycles over the engine’s life.’”

Further, vibrations caused by the engine restarting have also been known to cause aggravation with drivers. “’You actually feel it restarting … In terrible stop-and-go traffic this thing comes on and off constantly. In 20 minutes you can have 50 stop-and-start cycles. It can drive you totally insane,’” was one comment from Dr. Keith Tao to Eric Taub of The New York Times.

For those drivers who do find the feature irritating it is often equipped with a setting to disengage the operation. Typically with the push of a button any driver can return the vehicle to a more standard operating procedure. However, electing to not operate the start/stop feature must be completed each and every time the vehicle is started.

Odds are your next vehicle will feature start/stop technology even if you have yet to experience driving with the system. The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can assist you in providing information on the functionality of the operation and repair any issues you may experience. Most services can be administered the same day so request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.
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Stay Cool This Summer with Denver Auto Repair


May 10, 2017

While it can be obviously cold during winter, the upcoming summer months (June, July and August) average highs over 80-degrees in our beautiful city, meaning a visit to your local Denver auto repair shop for an air-conditioning check is in order. Prior to being stuck in the heat get your vehicle tuned up today.

Enjoy Outdoor Events with a Cool Place

Imagine enjoying a bright, hot, sunny day at the park, loading up the family in the car, cranking the engine and turning up the AC only to feel a continued blast of hot air. A miserable feeling encompasses you and your family who now is agitated, angry, and ready to literally cool off. Now you’re stuck driving with the windows down which can be loud and distracting or forced to suffer through the heat until a free moment allows you to get it repaired at a later date.

Like other auto repairs, preventative maintenance can save car owners money in the long run. Having to pay for a full rebuild, following a complete system failure, often is avoided with a routine check-up. Think of it as a medical physical for your automobile.

Normal, Routine Maintenance

Just as humans are asked to consult their physician prior to beginning any type of exercise program or weight loss regimen, your vehicle should be properly inspected prior to rebooting one of the modern conveniences of the car. Typically the AC system hasn’t been used at all during a long, cold Denver winter but once the summer months arrive things begin to turn up.

Much more takes place during an AC unit check than anticipated so don’t be fooled by thinking just because your vehicle is currently cooling properly, everything is in good working order. Often mechanics will examine not only the cooling capability, but ensure that all refrigerant levels and recharging systems are operational. They too can check for possible leaks while observing all hoses and components of the system, including the cabin air filter.

Proper maintenance of a vehicle’s AC system will lengthen the functionality of the unit, keeping you cool for the life of your automobile. An efficient way to avoid high-cost repairs while making certain that your AC unit is cooling properly at all times.

Be Prepared Now For Summer's Heat

Unlike other electronic systems in your vehicle typically there is no warning light for an issue with the AC unit. While common maintenance issues such as low fuel, low tire pressure or the all-encompassing check engine light illuminate notifying the operator of potential hazards, your AC unit remains in the dark. Instead of being blindsided by the system shutting down in the heat of summer, schedule an appointment today.

The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center are MACS certified meaning they have been specifically trained in the operation and repair of automobile AC systems. Full reviews of your automobiles unit will be completed in a timely manner, keeping you cool and out on the open road. Leave your vehicle with someone you trust as most services can be administered the same day. Request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.
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Denver Auto Repair Tip: Decoding the Check Engine Light


May 3, 2017

There are a handful of different lights on your dashboard that can turn on at any time—but none makes a driver as nervous as the check engine light. Even if you don’t have any car knowledge, you most likely know that the engine is an important part of the car, so any light that signifies an issue with the engine is troublesome. So, what does this light actually mean? According to the Denver auto repair experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair, these are some of the reasons why this light may turn on:

Gas Cap

Have you recently stopped for gas? If your check engine light is on, it could simply mean that your gas cap needs to be tightened. This is the first thing you should check once the light goes on, so try to pull over and tighten the gas cap before taking any further action. It’s also possible that your gas cap is cracked or completely missing. Don’t worry—a loose gas cap won’t damage your car, but it could affect your gas mileage.

Spark Plugs and Plug Wires

The check engine light could also indicate that you need to replace your spark plugs and wires. If the spark plugs or wires need to be replaced, your car may not accelerate smoothly, so you may feel a slight jerking back and forth as you try to go faster. Spark plugs and plug wires should be replaced as soon as possible, so make an appointment at an auto repair shop if you think this is why your light has turned on.

Oxygen Sensor

The oxygen sensor is responsible for measuring how much unburned oxygen is left in your exhaust system. If the oxygen sensor is not working properly, your car will start to eat up more fuel than it needs, and it could eventually damage your catalytic converter. Get this part replaced as soon as possible to avoid additional expenses. Learn more about the role of the oxygen sensor here.

Catalytic Converter

A check engine light can also indicate a damaged catalytic converter. This part of the car converts carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, so without it your car will be releasing harmful gases into the air. It’s not common for the catalytic converter to break down unless another part of the car, such as the spark plugs or oxygen sensor, is also damaged.

Mass Airflow Sensor

The mass airflow sensor will measure the amount of air that is coming into the engine and determine how much gas is needed to operate the car. If it’s not working correctly, your car will not run as efficiently.

Let the experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center inspect your car to determine why your check engine light is on. You can request an auto repair appointment by contacting 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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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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