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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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Strangest Cars in the World

Strangest Cars in the World

Extra-ordinary, the word itself tells how extra something is and these strange cars from all over the world are the definition of the word. The cars that you are about to see have made the list of the strangest cars in the world. They were never mass produced and were many years before you got your license.  Starting off with the car you see in the photo, the 1932 Ford Speedster! The Speedster has a roaring V-8 engine that you push to start which was far ahead of its time. This low riding long car was created between infamous designer Eugene Gregorie and the son of Henry Ford himself, Edsel Ford.  The second strange car came from a previous aircraft engineer that turned automobile, William Stout. Stout was the pioneer of luxury and leisure transportation features like in-flight meals. Stout created the 1936 Stout Scarab that was founded on the idea of a diner car with a Ford V-8 under the hood. The Stout Scarab was far too expensive for any consumer of the day, even the ric ... read more

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How Your Car Can Help You Stick To Your New Year

If you’re like a lot of us, you have probably made a few resolutions for the New Year. Some of us want to lose weight in 2019. While others want better health, more prosperity, new adventures, more time with loved ones, and dream vacations, but to obtain a lot of your New Year resolutions, you need the help of your vehicle. Think about it. You probably need your car to get you to the gym, right? Even if you want to exercise more in the great outdoors, your truck or SUV is required to transport you to your favorite winter wonderland destinations. If you're going to spend more quality time with family or friends, you probably need your vehicle to cart everyone around or take Grandma to her medical appointments. Or, if you want to boost your bottom line in your business, you may need to drive to meet your clients. Yes, your vehicle is an integral part of keeping your New Year resolutions, and Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center in downtown Denver is here to help you meet your ... read more

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Headlight Lens Polish and Restoration for Safer Night Driving Visibility

Headlight Lens Polish and Restoration for Safer Night Driving Visibility

Driving at night with headlights that are clean and clear could keep you safe, your passengers safe, and other drivers on the road out of harm's way. As a responsible car owner, it's smart to stay on top of the condition of your headlights so you can see and be seen.  Rain, sun, snow, and other elements can be incredibly challenging on your headlights and can lessen the visibility and performance of them over the years. The haze on the headlight lens greatly affects the amount of light that is permitted through the lens, which in turn makes your ability to see your surroundings and oncoming cars when operating your vehicle more difficult. If you are seeing that your headlights are dim, have a yellowish hue, or have a dull haze, it's time to clean and restore those lenses. The good news is there are some effective and affordable lens polishes on the market that you can use yourself to keep those headlights in first-rate condition.  3M Headlight Lens Rest ... read more

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Fall/Winter Maintenance and Battery Reliability

Fall/Winter Maintenance and Battery Reliability

With the fall and winter weather approaching, it's wise to prepare your vehicle for the changing weather. Responsible car owners should take particular measures to make sure that the battery is functioning correctly. If it's struggling now during the warmer weather, the chances are high that some problems could arise in the autumn and winter. If your battery is old, you're at a much higher risk of having some issues arise as the temperatures chill. It would be smart to replace the battery now to avoid hassles over the next few months. Since cold weather is hard on a battery, it's best to have the charging system and the battery inspected in advance. Your car's engine needs more battery power to start when the weather is colder, and those temperatures make it more difficult for your battery to operate optimally. Always be mindful of keeping the battery connections clean, corrosion-free, and tight. Unfortunately, batteries don't usually give warning signals when ... read more

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Importance of Good Tires for the Upcoming Winter

Importance of Good Tires for the Upcoming Winter

As a general rule of thumb, if you reside in an area where temperatures go below 45 degrees Fahrenheit or 7 degrees Centigrade, you should seriously consider getting winter tires for your vehicle. The grip that your tires provide makes all the difference in keeping you safe, your passengers safe, and other drivers on the road safe. From braking to acceleration, the grip on your car is responsible for quite a lot when it comes to feeling secure in your automobile. The compound made to create winter tires are made with a different rubber that grips the road better in cold weather. It allows for extra grip which deters the car from slipping on icy and snowy roads. It's important to note that even vehicles that have four-wheel drive require winter tires if you reside in parts of the country that gets wintry mixes. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are driving on the roads this winter to avoid accidents in the ice and snow:   Always drive with both hands on the whee ... read more

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Why Your Vehicle Needs a Health Checkup?

Doctor, Doctor, Gimme the News … History provides many insights. For instance, consider this prophetic quote from over 50 years ago: “In 1965 [more than 50 years ago], a car mechanic needed to understand 5,000 pages of service manuals to fix any automobile on the road. Today, with the advent of high-tech electronics, that same mechanic must be able to decipher 465,000 pages of technical text--the equivalent of 250 big-city phone books.” — Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Secretary of Labor, October 26, 1989 Finding State-of-the-Art Vehicle Care is a Challenge for Car Owners   It’s now 2018, nearly thirty years later. Most of the automotive service and repair data that was once an old hard copy manual has been supplanted by bits and bytes and is now available electronically. But make no mistake: the volume of repair and service information that an auto mechanic needs to be able to access, navigate, understand, and apply today is astronomical. We call that Prog ... read more

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Keep Your Cool With Automotive Air Conditioning Service

We often take our vehicle’s air conditioning (henceforth, A/C) for granted — until it isn’t working properly or worse, isn’t working at all. Whether Downtown Denver, the greater City of Denver area, or outside the city on a road trip driving vacation — Sometimes that happens because we don’t practice good preventive maintenance or we create our own problems doing things ourselves.   Modern vehicle A/C systems have changed, not only on Domestic and Asian brands, but especially the European vehicle brands we specialize in at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center. They’re much more complex, compact and precise in their specifications for type and amount of refrigerant, lubricating oil, and A/C system maintenance procedures. Moreover, if you own a hybrid vehicle, it’s even more complicated because they feature high-voltage electronics, alternating current electricity, and large liquid-cooled battery packs. Your vehicle’s A/C syst ... read more

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How Can Your Shop Help You Buy or Sell a Hybrid or EV?

Let’s face it: All vehicles age, get tired and develop performance problems over time. This includes conventional gas-guzzlers and electric vehicles (EVs) —which include hybrid, plug-in and all-electric vehicles we see more and more of. Like traditional other vehicles, EV owners face four critical decisions: 1) Do I buy new or used? 2) When should I sell? 3) Is there a better way to know when? 4) Who should I trust to care for my EV and help me find those answers?   EV Ownership Has Pros and Cons During the early years of EV ownership, regular routine maintenance costs are lower than fuel-powered vehicles. In addition, so are the operating costs. In fact, the more gas prices rise, the greater the savings EV owners realize. But all vehicles, even EVs, can get begin to show signs of wear and tear. When high voltage components in EVs begin to wear out, owners may soon face shocking replacement costs. An EV-savvy service and repair shop can make a huge diffe ... read more

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