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Celebrate Earth Day by Going Green with Your Vehicle

Celebrate Earth Day by Going Green with Your Vehicle

People are under the impression that the only way to be environmentally conscious is by switching to an electric vehicle. However, there are many ways you can go green without doing so. There are renewable fuels available. Furthermore, healthy practices can play a role in reducing emissions.   For instance, you can be more mindful of your tires and their pressure. Besides changing your tires on time, you can be proactive by checking its psi regularly. Running on underinflated tires can waste a lot of fuel and therefore reduce gas mileage. Getting into a habit of tire pressure checks will ensure you catch a deflated tire early on.  Another way to limit your emissions is to declutter your vehicle and offload heavy and unnecessary items from your car. The extra weight will eat up your gas and increase emissions.   You can go green by driving more efficiently. First, make a habit of shifting gears smoothly. Secondly, learn how to operate at a slower pace on the road. Dr ... read more

Benefits of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle

Benefits of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid vehicles are so loved by their owners for their extensive list of benefits. They are different from your average vehicle because it has two different engine types: an electric one and a gas-powered one.   Below are some of the advantages of owning a hybrid car: Lower Fuel Costs/Great MPG  Hybrids aren't completely electric, so they still require gasoline. One of the most impactful benefits of owning a hybrid is the money you save on gas over time. Many hybrid owners can get up to 50 MPG! So if your lifestyle consists of driving long commutes, you may want to consider investing in a hybrid. Lower Emissions Hybrid automobiles are an excellent option because they are eco-friendly or produce less emissions. If you care about the environment and want to keep the air clean, hybrid vehicles may be a suitable option for you. Less Idling Similar to the last two pros, hybrids don't idle using the gas motor. When a hybrid is stopped in traffic, th ... read more

Signs It's Time to Replace Brake Pads

Signs It's Time to Replace Brake Pads

One of the most important safety features of your car is your primary brakes. Every driver has a full responsibility to check their brakes and stay on top of their brake maintenance. Besides brake fluid, brake pads endure the most wear and tear, requiring regular replacements. Your brake pads create friction that helps stop your car. A good industry rule of thumb to follow is to change them every 50,000 miles. Driving with worn brake pads is a huge risk, as they are needed to slow down and stop your vehicle. Beyond the safety concerns, faulty brakes can also spread damage to nearby areas, including the suspension system and tires. Signs It's Time to Replace Your Brake Pads Squeaking or Squealing Noises: It is undoubtedly time for brake service if you hear persistent high-pitched noises when braking. When the brake pads are used to a particular point, or you are low on brake fluid, you may catch this as a reminder to have your brakes serviced. Indicator Light Turns On: In some n ... read more

Why Windshield Wipers Should Be a Priority for Denver Drivers

Why Windshield Wipers Should Be a Priority for Denver Drivers

If you're going to drive around Denver, you have to be able to see where you're going! We've all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see through the rain, snow, or dirty windshield. That is why having a good, functioning pair of windshield wipers is so important, especially this time of year.   It always seems like your wiper blades go dull only when you need them most. Similar to any other vehicle system, your windshield wiper blades need regular attention to stay in good shape.   Experts typically suggest replacing your windscreen wiper blade every six months; preferably in the spring and fall. If you're no fan of Denver's harsh winters, you may also consider getting winter weather-specific blades with freeze resisting properties.   When it comes to the winter, you have to be careful about leaving your windshield wipers down. If your car sits for a long time and the temperatures drop significantly overnight, you may run t ... read more

What Does A Catalytic Converter Do?

What Does A Catalytic Converter Do?

What Does A Catalytic Converter Do?   A catalytic converter is something many car owners are familiar with when it comes to their vehicles. It is often that part that is causing a car not to pass an emissions test or is the reason behind an illuminated check engine light. Its job is extremely important and ensures the proper operation of your vehicle overall.    It's important to know about a catalytic converter, and what it means for your car. The catalytic converter is a part found on any modern-day car that helps to deal with the pollutants and noxious gasses released by a car's engine.   Simply put, this is a chemical process that converts those pollutants and noxious gasses into a less-harmful form. Harmful chemicals such as carbon monoxide and nitric oxide are converted into their less harmful forms such as water vapor and carbon dioxide.   The inside of the catalytic converter will often have precious metals such as palladium, rhodium, an ... read more

Can Fall Leaves Harm Your Vehicle?

Can Fall Leaves Harm Your Vehicle?

There's truly nothing more breathtaking than seeing the autumn leaves contrasting with the Denver, CO, mountains. However, when these leaves start to fall, they can be a real burden for you and your vehicle. You might not think about it, but fall leaves can damage your car. First of all, they present many dangers on the roadways, making it more difficult for your wheels to grasp the road. As a result, you may slip, slide, and have a hard time braking.  Furthermore, the leaves can damage the paint on your vehicle. If these leaves sit on your car for an extended amount of time, they can damage your paint. The damage is due to the substances found on leaves, like pollen, sap, and acid.  Leaves can do more than just external damage  – they can also do a number on your internal parts. To begin with, they can clog up your air filter, leading to dirty and inefficient airflow. The autumn petals can also clog the drains in your vehicle. Therefore, to prevent any sort ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Bad Heater Core?

What Are the Signs of a Bad Heater Core?

With fall and winter coming, you're going to depend more and more on your heater. The heater core is an integral part of your car's cooling system. Hot engine coolant enters the heater core. After, the blower motor then pushes air through the heater core, transferring the heat from the hot coolant to your cabin. The heater core is intended to last as long as the vehicle; however, accidents can happen, and things don't always go as planned. Over time, the equipment can become clogged or form leaks. Whenever there is a problem with your heater core, you'll likely notice at least one of the following symptoms: No Heat As this may be obvious, a damaged heater core can cause your vehicle's heater to perform poorly. In other words, your cabin won't be as toasty as you'd like on those chilly fall days. Film or Fog on the Windshield A malfunctioning heater core can also let the windshield fog up as coolant gas travels through the defrost vents. If you catch a s ... read more

What Should I Do In a Vehicle Breakdown?

What Should I Do In a Vehicle Breakdown?

  Having your automobile break down is most drivers' biggest fear, and it can be particularly scary if you've never experienced it before (knock on wood). If you have no clue what to do in this sort of situation, it can lead to accidents and injuries. Although a breakdown is never not stressful, the first thing to do is not to panic! Here are some of our tips on how to handle a vehicle breakdown. Tip 1: Turn on your hazards The first thing you should do is switch on your emergency or hazard signal. Doing so will send a distress signal and warn others of your presence. Other drivers will be notified of your whereabouts and be able to get around you safely. Tip 2: Get off the road If you get a couple of hints before your car completely breaks down, your first instinct should be to get the heck out of traffic. The road shoulder is one of the safest areas to deviate to. Once there, you can call for vehicle assistance.  Tip 3: Turn your car off once it is still. It ... read more

Tips to Get You Through Labor Day Weekend

Tips to Get You Through Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is considered the mark of the end of the summer, and most families like to squeeze in one last vacation before the kiddos are back in school. Whether you plan to be at the beach or lake or host a BBQ, you will likely run into some traffic this holiday as more people are out celebrating. It is critical to prioritize your and your loved ones' safety and do what you can to have fun this Labor Day weekend.   Here are some tips that Mancinelli's Auto Repair Center has to offer to ensure your safety: Stay alert of your surroundings. Labor Day is among one of the most dangerous holidays to drive in the United States, primarily due to heavy traffic and increased drunk drivers.   Practice defensive driving. Maintain a safe distance between drivers, especially when driving on the freeway. Another way to practice defensive driving is to wait a couple more seconds when waiting at a stop sign or stoplight before darting through an intersection.  Pl ... read more

Signs of a Failing Alternator

Signs of a Failing Alternator

What is an Alternator? An alternator is a fundamental component of your car as it is responsible for converting mechanical energy from the engine into electrical energy. The reason it is called an alternator is that it generates an alternating current that turns periodically. The electrical charge is sent to restore your battery life which powers your vehicle's electrical systems. Without an operational alternator, your engine will abruptly stop working.    Symptoms of a Bad Alternator The alternator comprises many components such as bearings, rotors, stators, fans, and other internal parts. Over time these pieces get worn out. Whenever it does, you should stop by the auto repair shop pronto. Besides a stalling engine, here are the other signs that indicate you need an alternator repair or replacement:   Fuzziness or Flickering of Interior & Exteriors Lights The alternator generates the power necessary for the functionality of your car's interior and e ... read more

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