Read what Fox31 and Steve Mancinelli have to say about driving in the winter. For the direct link, click here. DENVER -- Driving in the snow is challenging for anyone. Especially for the thousands of newcomers to Colorado, some of whom will be driving in heavy snow for the first time. Experts say it starts with tires. Colorado traction laws require drivers to replace worn-out tires for snow driving. Try the penny test to see if tread is good. Lincoln's head should be partially covered with tread. Also, tires lose pressure more easily in the cold. "Having proper tread so that depending on what the surface is, you get decent grip and traction in the snow is pretty crucial," said Steve Mancinelli with Mancinelli's Auto Repair. Batteries should also be checked so drivers don't get stranded. And if coolant is low, turning on the heat will only result in co ... read more
You can always rely on Mancinelli’s to get your car through a Colorado winter when you prepare with winter maintenance, but you might need a few reminders when the snow and ice hits. Make Sure You Can See and Be Seen Your windshield wipers should probably be replaced with a winter or all season driving blade and your windshield should be cleaned on the inside. Keeping an extra bottle of wiper fluid during the snowy months is also a great idea. Defroster effectiveness is essential in the initial clearing of snow and ice from your windshield and should be checked well in advance of when you will need to use it. Your headlights need to be clean or even restored so you can see and be seen during those snowy nights. Tire Tread If your tread is getting low, your capability to drive on a slippery wet road will put you out of control. When in doubt, get new tires and make sure your trac ... read more
The leaves are falling and pumpkin spice rules the coffee shops, fall is officially here in Denver! Now is the time to get your vehicle ready for the winter months ahead. One important factor that we usually overlook are our windshield wipers. For clear visibility, it’s important to replace your wipers when you see any streaking or hear any noises when they are on. You should also start to stock up on windshield wiper solvent and make sure your ice scraper finds its way back into your car. A good battery is very important for the upcoming season. We can make sure your battery is in the best condition to keep your car starting on those chilly mornings. The cooling system should be flushed as recommended. Our ASE certified technicians will inspect the level and condition of the coolant, as well as checking the condition of the drive belts, claps and hoses. Worn tires can be very dangerous when the ice forms and snow starts falling. Keep an eye on your tire pressure and ... read more
Mancinelli’s uses ASE-certified auto technicians to take the guesswork out of finding a great technician. The ASE was created to make sure consumers receive quality automotive service and repair by testing and certifying automotive professionals. When you see the ASE certification, you can trust that your mechanic has had the training classes needed to pass difficult, national tests and are fully competent in all major technical areas of repair. The ASE program is all voluntary which allows for that mechanic to stand out with their certifications from the rest. You can trust that your car is being cared for by the best of the best when you see the ASE-certification at Mancinelli’s
Summer living in Colorado has many perks. Hiking the mountains, camping by lakes, rafting down rivers; we have it all! Most are just a few hours away from Denver. But before you pack up the kids and head out for your next adventure, be sure to help your car out by an inspection of your cooling system by a professional. The hot fluids are under pressure and tend to be a little more risky if you want to do it yourself. Your car has to work extra hard to stay cool during the hot Colorado summers and our ASE Certified mechanics will make sure your cooling system, belts and hoses are working properly to keep you cool. Your coolant should be changed per manufacture recommendation, so summer is a great reminder. We will make sure that your car has the proper mixture of coolant to keep your cooling system’s boiling point high. To protect your engine, have your coolant flushed and flush your radiator and be sure to add new coolant every other year. It is also important to make sure all be ... read more
Brakes are necessary to stop your vehicle safely while driving. Neglecting your brakes can often lead to costly repairs. An inspection is the easiest way to see the condition of your pads, linings and rotors. Even if your dashboard monitor isn’t working, you should be able to identify poor braking warning signs. Squeals and squeaks are obvious trouble signs but if your car is pulling to one side or you need to increase the amount of pressure to come to a stop, there could be additional problems. A brake that is too sensitive can also be a problem since your pads are likely to degrade quicker. Additional symptoms are pulsations in the brake pedal and a shaky steering wheel. Recognizing these problems before they become serious is key to cost-efficient auto maintenance. Scheduling an appointment for an annual brake inspection is easy with our new texting line at Mancinelli’s. You can s ... read more
Most wiper blade manufacturers recommend changing your blades every 6 months to a year, but it really depends on what the conditions are that you put your car through. Colorado’s four seasons offer many changes for your car to experience with our sun and dry climate being pretty harsh on those blades. Winter can be especially rough, and we usually recommend a winter blade to help keep us safe. There might be damage on your blades from those times that you tried to remove the ice from your windshield, or even damage to your wiper motor. Over time, wiper blades become hard and lose their flexibility as they start to tear. Torn wipers can even scratch your windshield. As we enter into Spring, think about replacing your wiper blades as preventative maintenance that can save you from these expensive damages. At Mancinellis, we can help answer any of your blade concerns and help get you bac ... read more
Do you know your car’s mpg? First and foremost, let’s talk about how to measure your mpg. Sure, most of the newer vehicles tell you with a digital display, but those could be wrong. The best way to get the numbers is by filling up your car to full and resetting your trip counter. The pump needs to cut off in order to hit full. The next time you fill up to full again just simply make a note of the number of gallons you put in, along with the trip counter. Divide these numbers and you will get your mpg. There are lots of online trackers that can help you figure out your averages. The best tip to improving your fuel economy is using a little less of that lead foot. Less braking, avoiding high speeds and trying to moderate your speeds to hit the lights safely can all improve your mpg. Driving at 55 mph instead of 65 or 75 will save you money simply because it takes more fuel to power the car at those speeds. Your tires play a huge factor in mpg. Checking your tire pressures ... read more
Your resolutions to keep your car healthy in 2016 Most of us create New Year’s Resolutions around being healthy, but what about our car’s health? A simple maintenance regime, like measure your tire pressure, checking for leaks and visiting Mancinelli’s for your regular tune-ups can help keep your car healthy throughout the year.
Resolve to keep your car clean. Create a system of totes or bags in your car to make sure you remove anything that doesn’t belong in your car at the end of the day. An organizing tote in your trunk allows you to keep your emergency supplies, like jumper cables and blankets, in a neat manner. Hanging trash bags in the back seat makes it easy for the kids to put their trash directly in them and not on your floor.
Resolve to schedule regular maintenance checkups for your car. Your car might be running smoothly but let the ASE certified mechanics ... read more
Colorado has always been a great place to take a road trip, especially up to the snowy mountains during the winter months. There are a few essentials that are necessary to make your winter road trip safe and comfortable. 1.Emergency Kit. Your emergency kit should have jumper cables, a flashlight, gloves/boots, ice scraper and a basic survival kit. 2.Cell Phone. You would be surprised how many people don’t carry one while traveling. Make sure you keep a phone nearby in case of an emergency. 3.Spare Set of Keys. Losing a set of keys usually happens at the most inopportune moments. Don’t ruin your weekend with this disaster and keep an extra set handy. 4.GPS. A portable system can make sure you stay on course, even when your cell phone service is interrupted by the Rocky Mountains. Additionally, most show traffic reports so you can avoid the pile-up on I-70. 5.Food and water. Aside from the candy in your survival kit, stocking up with ample food and water make ... read more