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Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Vehicle

Cars are a huge investment, and one of the most important things we can do as vehicle owners to protect that investment is to take care of our cars. Whether you own an older vehicle or a newer car, there are certain steps that you can take in order to increase the lifespan of your car and keep it running at its best throughout the years.  Make sure to always be on time for maintenance, especially oil and filter changes. This will ensure that your car is always taken care of and will help you avoid major repairs along the way.    Be sure that your fluids are always in good condition. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the correct intervals regarding how often your different fluids need to be flushed out and replaced.    Drive safely and follow the speed limit. Try to avoid pressing down hard on the brakes and gas when driving. Driving safe will also help you avoid car collisions.    Keep your car clean and washed. Having a clean ... read more

Check Engine Light?!

Check Engine Light?!

Your health and safety is important to us, which is why we would like to share with you what preventive measures we are taking to keep us all safe and healthy. Did you know we offer concierge service? If you are homebound, give us a call and we will arrange to pick up and deliver your car. April is a prime time for adventures and car care. When you are thinking of spring car maintenance, you most likely remember to have your tires and brakes checked, but what about your pesky check engine light that is on? Is that amber light shining at you, making you feel nervous? Maybe it is time to get it checked out. If you are ready to know what is going on with your car, there are a few ways to go about it, since a piece of tape covering the light won't solve the problem. If you have a dash light on in your car, it may not be a check engine light. You will want to consult your owners manual to become familiar with your dash lights. Some lights indicate that maintenance is needed, lights ar ... read more

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Brakes 101

Brakes 101

As much as we all love our cars and enjoy hearing the engine, brakes are a less glamorous necessity that no one wants to think about. Truthfully, brakes are one of the most important parts of your car for safety. It is commonly believed that brakes stop your car. However, it is the friction and pressure of the brake pad material to the brake disc that slow down your vehicle; that is how your wheels stop spinning.  Modern cars all have disc brakes, so this is what we will talk about here, let’s set aside anti-lock features for another time. Disc brakes have five major components: Brake discs (or rotors) Calipers Brake pads Brake lines Master cylinder Rotors are attached to the wheel. This plate type of disc is what your brake pads rub up against to slow your car. Brake pads have a couple of layers. The pad itself is much like an incredibly tough, well-engineered eraser; the second part is a metal backplate that holds the "eraser" in place. The metal backplate ... read more

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Preventive Maintenance Matters!

Preventive Maintenance Matters!

When it comes to your BMW, we already know just how much you love your car. A BMW is special; not like other vehicles. It moves in ways that make running errands fun. You no longer want to send your spouse to the market for that unforgotten item off of the grocery list. You now seek out roads with twists and turns galore. A vacation no longer has to include a plane ride and in fact. This time of year gives you an opportunity to show your love to your special person, but it’s also a time to show your love for your BMW.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your BMW feel loved. Start with a good vacuuming. Throw away all the built up trash such as receipts or empty snack bags. Wipe down the dash and steering wheel. Use a window cleaner on the inside windows. Install a trash bin or bag to help you keep down the clutter. Buy an organizational item or two to help keep things nice and tidy.  If you do want to spend a little bit of money to show your love, pr ... read more

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Winter Road Trips and How to Prepare for Them

Winter Road Trips and How to Prepare for Them

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it’s not a good time for a road trip. In fact, as long as you are well-prepared, it can be the best time of year for a road trip! The snow makes everything seem new and beautiful. Even if you travel to the same place or places you did last summer, it’s an entirely different trip. The first order of business in making sure your car is in great condition. You should have it inspected before hitting the road:  Check your tires for tread depth, general wear and tear, and make certain the tires have the right amount of air. Either too much or too little can negatively affect how you stop. Make sure you have adequate snow tires or chains. Check all of your lights on the inside and outside. You definitely want to be seen and be able to see! Make sure all your fluids are clean and at proper levels. Don’t use water as a windshield-wiping fluid and make sure you have the best anti-freeze.  Check all the belts to e ... read more

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Holiday Light Displays near Denver

Holiday Light Displays near Denver

Denver is already one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Then you throw in holiday cheer and lights and it transforms into a magical wonderland. There are so many things to do in this city at this time of year that it can become a little overwhelming. Here are some links to the many wonders of the holidays that the Denver area affords. The entire team at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center hopes this encourages you to slow down and enjoy the season. If you find something we’ve missed, do let us know!  https://www.denver.org/milehighholidays/explore-the-holidays/lights-extravaganzas/ https://www.denver.org/milehighholidays/holiday-events/ https://www.westword.com/arts/things-to-do-in-denver-2019-holiday-season-11454375 https://www.outtherecolorado.com/1-5-million-lights-to-dazzle-at-denver-drive-thru-light-show/ https://extras.denverpost.com/holiday-lights/index.html https://www.denvervacationtips.com/christmas-lights-in-denver.html https://www.colorado.com ... read more

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Tire Rotation and Why It’s Important

Tire Rotation and Why It’s Important

It happens far too often where tire rotation is overlooked or taken for granted. In order to really understand its importance, let’s talk about what a tire rotation is exactly and why it’s important. Tire rotation is swapping the position of your tires on your car. Your car manufacturer has recommendations for how often you should be rotating, but generally, it should be done every 5,000 miles. Another benefit of rotation is that you or your mechanic will be able to check your tires for damage, check the air pressure, rebalance them if necessary, and inspect the tread depth. Why else is it important? Routine rotation of your tires will help evenly distribute wear and tear, lengthening the life of your tires. This is especially true with front or rear-wheel drive vehicles since two of your wheels do very specific jobs and will likely wear much differently than the other two. Having even wear and tear on your tire and its treads provide more even control, especially in more h ... read more

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Best Kid Friendly Cars

Best Kid Friendly Cars

With Halloween just around the corner, while many of you are thinking about how to get your child’s costume ready in time, we are thinking about cars. Specifically about what cars are the most kid-friendly that will make easy for you to take your kiddo trick-or-treating around the neighborhood as well as to and from school, play dates, and the soccer field. SUVs and Minivans take the top places simply because they make it easier for you to load up on small humans (or the larger, teenage versions) and all of the stuff they need to take with them every day.  Take a look at our top recommendations: The 2019 Honda CRV: The most important factor is safety and the 2019 Honda CRV is all about that and it shows. From there, it’s also reliable, practical, and has outstanding resale value. There’s plenty of room for your entire family and all the things they hold dear. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are already included in most models and it starts at a very reasonable ... read more

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How to Improve the Smell of the Interior of Your Car

How to Improve the Smell of the Interior of Your Car

Do you have a smell in your car that won’t go away? With the hot weather still around, funky smells can become a problem. Nobody wants to be driving around in a car that has an odd smell, here are some of Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center’s tips for a fresh smelling vehicle: Change your interior cabin air filter. Especially if it’s been awhile, it may not be doing its job. Not only can it help eliminate smells, but it can keep impurities out of the cabin that may be affecting your allergies.  Dryer sheets under the seats are one more way to pull the odor out. Change them periodically to get the most value out of that tactic.  Baking soda works in your car just like it does in your fridge. It absorbs many odors. Sprinkle in throughout your car, leave it for a few hours, then vacuum it up. You can also leave an open box in your car overnight to help pull out some of the more stubborn smells.  Clean your mats. You can start with baking soda to pull ... read more

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How to Keep Your Car from Overheating in the Summer

How to Keep Your Car from Overheating in the Summer

Summer is definitely here and the last thing Mancinelli’s wants is for your vehicle to overheat and leave you stranded on the side of the road. It’s easy to put regular maintenance aside when you’re busy with all that summer has to offer, but it’s called preventive maintenance for a reason. When you stay on top of it, it significantly decreases the likelihood of your car overheating or breaking down for other reasons.   Okay… while it’s not likely that your car will catch on fire when it overheats, you get the idea. Let’s keep it cool so that you don’t have to experience what it feels like to sit on the side of the road due to your vehicle overheating. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your car cool this summer:  If you haven’t done so already, have a qualified auto mechanic inspect your radiator and hoses for leaks and cracks. The Mancinelli’s team of trained technicians will carefully check for gene ... read more

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