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
Do you currently keep your car clean on the inside? Between the kids and the dogs, we at Mancinelli’s know that your car gets used. A lot! There are many reasons to keep your car nice and clean. Having an unclean car can have an effect on the value and life of your car, and maybe even your own health.First of all, cars are very expensive! Take pride in your vehicle and respect it. Even if you have an older car, if it is nice on the inside, it will look and feel as you treat it. The more you take care of your car now, the more likely you will be to receive a better deal on it when it’s time to upgrade or sell. Excess dirt and salt can lead to corrosion. Safety is another great reason to maintaining the cleanliness of your car. Your windows, mirrors and windshield should be clean at all times to avoid any chance of an accident. With the weather changing, it is important to do this before the ic ... read more
Ignoring a problem with your car usually ends up costing you in the long run. Usually, people end up thinking that it will go away or that they can solve the problem on their own. Unfortunately, this usually doesn’t end up happening and the problem is more costly than it would have been if caught early.. Here are the top 3 common car maintenance issues to pay attention to: Staying on schedule with your oil change. Skipping an oil change is bad for your car and easy to keep track of. Don’t ignore the Check Engine light. It comes on for a reason so simply contact Mancinelli’s when you see it so we can determine the cause of the light. Ignoring your tires. When is the last time that you checked your tire pressure? Have you inspected the tires for damage? Take a second every month to make sure they are safely carrying you around. You should always count on getting professional help when you notice a new smell or noise. We are always here for you to answer all o ... read more
The weather is warming up and you are getting ready to hit the roads on your next road trip! Make sure you get your car checked out before you embark on that adventure. We recommend the following: Inspect all fluid levels. If your next oil service is coming up, schedule an appointment before you leave Inspect your battery to see if it needs replacing Changing a dirty air filter will help with your gas mileage, change it if you haven’t done so recently Look for any leaks Make sure you have tread on those tires, as well as the proper inflation Your gas cap should not be loose or damaged to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating Keep a case of water in your car in case of emergencies Be sure to tag us in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram (@MancinellisAutoRepair)when you reach your destination and have a safe trip
Spring is the perfect time to say thank you to your vehicle for making through the winter. The cold temperatures, snow, ice, salt and potholes all take quite a toll on your car. Be sure to schedule a spring checkup to make sure nothing is out of place. You want to make sure the following components get attention. Tire Pressure: Cold weather can change your tire pressure. Be sure that all tires, including your spare, are properly inflated and balanced. Windshield Wipers: They have been abused during the winter, check to see that there aren’t any cracks or visible wear. Batteries and Spark Plugs: They have been working over time during the cold winter. Test and replace old or weak batteries, spark plugs and spark plug wires. Brakes: Not only should you inspect your brake pads, but be sure to include the lines, hoses and brake fluid for proper level. Your safety depends on your brakes! Wheel Alignment and Suspension: Colorado potholes seem to get bigger and b ... read more
It’s important to know your market before you try to sell your car. As we are headed into winter, it might not be the time to sell the convertible. Trucks and other 4WD are hot sellers as soon as the first snow hits Denver. Be sure to check the going rate for your vehicle from private sellers. Dealers tend to have different prices. Private sellers are used to negotiating their prices, so you might want to aim slightly higher than your bottom line. Giving your car “Curb Appeal” is crucial to get the fair market value. Before you write that advertisement, make sure your car looks clean and attractive. If you can’t get it detailed, be sure to vacuum out any pet hair and crumbs. Clean all of the windows and mirrors. Consider any repairs that you can have done before you sell, you might even want to put it up for sale right after you have an oil change at Mancinelli’s. Be sure to have all of your maintenance records ready to show the potential buyers. Having a CarFax report before ... read more
As we enter the snowiest month for us in Denver, it’s good to remember these tips when driving your four-wheel drive vehicle. Four-wheel drive gives you more confidence for driving on the snow and helps get you moving but it doesn’t help you with extra traction for braking and steering. No car can stop on black ice, so it is always best to slow down when the temperature drops. It’s best to know your options. Four-high, for example, allows you to travel at normal speeds while driving on snow or ice, whereas four-low is designed for lower speeds, such as driving in deep, wet snow. Do you keep forgetting to switch into four-wheel drive? Setting your four-wheel drive to its automatic setting, if equipped, allows you to set it and forget it. If your vehicle can maintain traction with two-wheel drive, it will and can make the change quickly on its own. Driving on dry roads with four-wheel drive can damage your drivetrain and lead to costly repairs, so try to limit this ... read more