Denver Auto Repair News & Info

Denver Car Repair Highlights the Top 10 Selling Vehicles in America


November 13, 2017

Every year car manufacturers battle for the top spot in sales with a variety of makes and models distributed across the world. Vehicles of all types including: cars, trucks, vans, crossovers, and SUVs (sport utility vehicles) are redesigned and engineered for improved performance in an effort to be the best selling automobile on the market.

While consumers consistently select a top-brand vehicle the results are a bit surprising considering the vehicle type. While cars would likely be most individuals guess as to which type of vehicle is the best-selling, it is surprisingly another.

According to Business Insider, the best selling vehicle in America during 2016 was a truck. In fact, three of the top-five automobiles were trucks - numbers one through three, before the first car made the list at number four.

Following is a review of each of the top five best automobiles in America, according to sales.

No. 5 - Honda Civic

The first Civic sold was a 1973 model and since the compact car has undergone dramatic changes during ten generations. The current model types include four-doors and are much bigger than the first model.

The 366,927 civics sold in America during 2016 was an almost 10-percent increase from the previous year. One of only two cars to crack the top-five, Honda’s reputation for long-lasting vehicles and good gas mileage aided the Civic’s placement.

No. 4 - Toyota Camry

A larger car than the Honda Civic or Toyota’s comparable model the Corolla, this family sedan decreased in sales for 2016. While it wasn’t enough to fall out of the top-five, Toyota would like to see more sold in the United States moving forward.

At 388,616 the Camry’s sales dropped almost 10-percent but still outsold the Civic by over 20,000 units.

No. 3 - RAM Trucks

RAM landed squarely in the middle of the top-five with their line of pickup and work trucks from parent company Chrysler. The first of three straight truck models to top the list, RAM sold 489,418 trucks in America during the 2016 calendar year.

While Chrysler has been involved with automobile manufacturing since 1925, the RAM brand on its’ own is relatively young after having been established in 2010.

No. 2 - Chevrolet Silverado

In production since 1998, the Chevrolet Silverado brand is consistently among the lead in sales for America. While the numbers dipped a little in 2016, Chevrolet still benefitted from selling 574,876 trucks.

A full-size pickup, the Silverado is a multi-purpose vehicle that can be used for both family travel and work, or both.

No. 1 - Ford F150

For 40-consecutive years the Ford F-series trucks have been the best selling vehicle in America. Forty straight, four decades of domination for the Ford brand and obviously America’s love and obsession with trucks.

Continually redesigning and reshaping history, the Ford pickups are a symbol of quality and production.

The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can answer questions regarding any vehicle type and can gladly perform service on these or any other model vehicle on the road. Our ASE certified mechanics are fully trained and certified to work on any car, van, SUV, or truck whether it happens to be a top-10 selling vehicle or not. A full review and inspection of your automobile can be completed in a timely manner to keep your vehicle running both effectively and efficiently. Leave your auto with someone you know 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 Shop: Save Fuel with Cruise Control


November 8, 2017

Gas prices fluctuate daily and depending on many outside influences these prices can raise or lower without much warning. Often depending on the world environment, gas prices here in Denver have moved most recently because of impacts caused from the weather. While these prices move up and rarely every move down, Denver Auto Shop, Mancinelli's, offers a big tip towards reducing your fuel mileage and overall saving your time and your hard earned cash at the pump.  

One of the most common methods to increase gas mileage and reduce spending at the gas station is to reduce the amount of extra necessities inside the automobile. Obviously, the lighter a car or truck, the less fuel will be used to provide power for the vehicle. For this reason, any unnecessary equipment, supplies, or belongings riding around with you daily, with no usefulness, should be eliminated. A common example is golf clubs, as the weight of a full bag increases the overall weight of the car and therefore reduces the gas mileage attributable to the vehicle. Unpack the trunk, remove the golf bag and enjoy the improved gas mileage immediately.

While this is a common occurrence, another more debatable influence on fuel mileage is now including on almost any model vehicle. Originally an added feature, cruise control is now available as a more standard practice. The ability to maintain a preset speed and not worry about accelerating and decelerating within the flow of traffic can also be beneficial at the fuel pump. Especially on major highways, interstates and long trips the cruise control should be your best friend.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy fuel economy and drive habits, utilizing the cruise control feature helps you maintain a constant speed, reducing the incidence of changes between pressing on the gas and breaks, and can lead to a reduction in fuel usage. Some of the other requested features for efficient fuel economy suggested include:
  1. Driving Sensibly
  2. Observing the Speed Limit
  3. Avoid Hauling Cargo on the Roof
  4. Avoid Excessive Idling
  5. Remove Excess Weight (as previously noted)
While each of these suggested driving methods can help save fuel. Utilizing the cruise control is probably the most easily utilized on a day-to-day basis. By maintaining a constant speed and avoiding accelerating and decelerating as is often the case when not under the consistant speed of cruise control, a better fuel economy is actualized.

The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can complete a variety of potential services possibly needed on your vehicle. Their trained professionals will be happy to answer any questions regarding vehicle care or perform service on any model vehicle on the road. ASE certified mechanics are fully trained and certified to work on any car, van, SUV, or truck regardless of the current state. A full review and inspection of your automobile can be completed in a timely manner to keep your vehicle running both effectively and efficiently. Leave your auto with someone you know as most services can be administered the same day. Request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.
 
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Hybrid Automobile Advantages, Maintenance Costs in Denver Car Repair


A variety of options exists when determining which vehicle to purchase and with hybrid automobiles the range is no different. Hybrid automobiles most commonly use an internal combustion engine and electric battery combination to power the vehicle but full electric units can also be purchased. These differences vary in performance and production in addition to impacting an owner’s spending at the fuel pump.

The rising cost of fuel has led to an increased production in hybrid automobiles in addition to consumers more readily purchasing these options when considering new cars. Paying more up front to purchase the car is believed to save money in the long haul by operating expenses with decreased fuel costs due to an increase in miles per gallon provided by a fully electric or hybrid vehicle.

Plug It In, Plug It In

Fully electric vehicle owners will sometimes receive rebates or discounts on their city or state taxes for owning such a car. These units not only receive the perks of a possible tax break but many times are beneficiaries of prime parking spaces with more charging stations becoming common sites at malls and shopping centers nationwide.

According to Vincentric hybrid cars save money based on two factors, “five years of ownership at 15,000 miles in a hybrid car will result in an average fuel cost savings of $3,371. Therefore, the average hybrid premium doesn’t make sense for a dozen or so models, including inefficient and expensive hybrids such as the full-size SUV Chevrolet Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade, which is why GM discontinued them in model year 2013.” Most of the benefits from electric cars pertain specifically to how much and what type of hybrid vehicle you drive.

It’s Electric

One of the only problematic issues with a hybrid automobile is the high battery cost and replacement fees. Many manufacturers have battled this issue with lifetime replacement warranties or a warranty expanding multiple years from the date of purchase.

Hybrid car battery life typically ranges from 80,000 miles to well over 100,000 miles but can costs on average around $3,000 or more. Compared to a car or truck reliant on a regular battery and fuel, the cost seems extensive but the durability and long life, in addition to the fuel savings make the hybrid a more sensible selection if suitable to your daily driving needs.

The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can offer their knowledgeable opinions on hybrids, make a recommendate, or provide a variety of potential other services needed on your vehicle. Their trained professionals will be happy to answer any questions regarding hybrid or gasoline powered vehicle care while performing service on any model vehicle on the road. ASE certified mechanics are fully trained and certified to work on any car, van, SUV, or truck regardless of the current state. A full review and inspection of your automobile can be completed in a timely manner to keep your vehicle running both effectively and efficiently. Leave your auto with someone you know 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 Shop: Anti-Lock Braking System Advantages


October 25, 2017

One of the more underappreciated systems now readily available on every car, truck, and sport utility vehicle (SUV)  is an anti-lock braking system. While the average motorist doesn’t consider the science behind stopping their vehicle regularly, others have put in significant time and effort perfecting a system which allows the driver maneuverability and increased control during any and all stopping patterns.

Anti-lock braking is one such system and since its’ widespread incorporation into the automobile industry during the 1950’s it has been extremely beneficial. While the original concept behind anti-lock brakes originated as early as 1908 by J.E. Francis, a more modern system wasn’t implemented until a half-century later and computerized control systems almost twenty years later than those primitive braking components.

According to Mechanical Engineering, anti-lock braking systems offer the following benefits for vehicles, their drivers and passengers.
 
  1. Anti-lock braking system (ABS) guarantees stable braking characteristics on all road surfaces, hence avoids overturning of the vehicle.
  2. ABS reduces friction on wheels and road, thus increases the efficiency of tires (up to 30%).
  3. The Vehicle with ABS can be stopped at a lesser distance than a non ABS vehicle.
  4. Steering control is effective, i.e., the vehicle can be steered smoothly while braking. Thus minimizes the accidents.
  5. A driver without experience can drive ABS vehicle effectively, then an experienced driver on the non ABS vehicle.
One of the more significant impacts from anti-lock braking systems is allowing inexperienced drivers an advantage when braking is needed while maintaining control of the vehicle. Unlike non-ABS automobiles which will frequently enter uncontrollable slides without steering benefits, the relatively new systems maintain driveability and an avoidance function while braking. These ABS prevent system lock-up when engaged.
The system is a four-part component comprised of the following:
  1. Wheel Speed Sensors
  2. Valves
  3. A Pump
  4. Controller
Each of these components are utilized to ensure a properly functioning ABS inside the automobile. Monash University Accident Research Centre composed a study in 2004 indicating an 18-percent reduction in multi-vehicle crashes from cars outfitted with these systems.

Both anti-lock braking systems and electronic stability control have been required on all passenger vehicles sold in the United States since 2013. While stopping distances on loose gravel and snow covered roads may be increased, the ability to maintain steering capabilities and control of the vehicle during a skid has proven extremely beneficial.

The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center are able to complete a variety of potential services possibly needed on your vehicle, including replacing brakes or checking the functionality of your anti-lock braking system. Their trained professionals will be happy to answer any questions regarding vehicle care or perform service on any model vehicle on the road. ASE certified mechanics are fully trained and certified to work on any car, van, SUV, or truck regardless of the current state. A full review and inspection of your automobile can be completed in a timely manner to keep your vehicle running both effectively and efficiently. Leave your auto with someone you know as most services can be administered the same day. Request an appointment online or call 303-778-9761 today.
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Auto Repair in Denver CO: Which Fluid is Leaking?


October 18, 2017

Have you ever noticed a puddle of liquid underneath your car? There are many different fluids that can leak from your vehicle, but some leaks are far more serious than others. It’s important to identify which liquid is leaking so you know whether you need auto repair in Denver, CO. Here are some tips to help you identify the fluid that is dripping out of your vehicle:

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid has a distinct color and smell that should make it easy for you to identify this type of liquid. You should notice a strong, mechanical smell, and a bright red color if it is transmission fluid that is leaking from your vehicle. Transmission fluid leaks will appear in the front of your vehicle close to the engine. If you spot one of these leaks, it’s important to bring your vehicle in for inspection and repair as soon as possible.

Engine Oil

Engine oil may either be a light brown liquid with a thin consistency or a black liquid with a thick consistency, depending on its age. This is one of the most common types of leaks, and it appears in the front of your vehicle directly under the engine. Don’t ignore this type of leak—schedule an appointment with a repair shop right away so you don’t damage the engine of your vehicle.

Brake Fluid

Another serious issue is a brake fluid leak. Brake fluid is typically a clear or light yellow color, but it becomes darker and browner as it gets older. It may look similar to engine oil, however it will not have the same consistency. Brake fluid tends to be slippery, while engine oil does not. This type of leak can impact your ability to stop the vehicle, so it should be repaired by a professional right away. You may want to consider having your car towed to the repair shop instead of driving it there so you don’t put yourself in danger. Learn how to spot a brake fluid leak.

Condensation

Clear liquid dripping from your car could just be condensation from the car’s air conditioning. Why does this happen? The air conditioner is responsible for removing moisture from the air inside your vehicle. This moisture will then drain through a rubber hose onto the ground underneath the car. The hose used to drain this moisture is usually found in the middle or front right of the passenger cabin, so this is where the leak should be if it is truly just condensation. A condensation leak is nothing to worry about—in fact, it indicates that your car's air conditioner is doing exactly what it is supposed to do.

Do you see fluids leaking out of your vehicle? If so, contact the professionals at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center. You can request an auto repair appointment with Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center online or you can text us at 303-778-9761. We have many same day services available, and we also provide customers with access to a free shuttle to ensure their needs—and their vehicle—are taken care of.  
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